1. Installation

The software provides two installation packages, one is an offline installation package and the other is an online installation package. Whether online or offline, the content of the installed program is the same. Users can choose one of the two installation packages according to the characteristics of the two installation packages and their own needs.

1.1. Offline installation package

It is convenient to install offline packages without the internet, which is suitable for an environment with weak network signals. The disadvantage is that it’s large, and it may not be the latest version after offline installation which needs to be updated online.

1.2. Online installation package

The online installation document is small, which ensures that the installed programs are up to date. The disadvantage is that it needs to be connected to the Internet, and the program cannot be installed when the network is disconnected.

1.3. Installation process

The installer will install in C: \ program files (x86) \ MOZA pit house directory by default. The user can manually change and select another directory.

Figure 1.3-1 default selection directory

After determining the installation directory, enter an important step: Select the installation component. The component is divided into three parts: program, program operating environment, and font library.

The Moza pit house program is required. Only Microsoft Visual C + + 2015-2019 redistributable (x86) and source Han Sans 2.004 Siyuan font library are available. Users choose to download one according to their own needs. The purpose of installing the Siyuan font library is to beautify the program. Microsoft Visual C + + 2015 – 2019 redistributable (x86) is an important component. If the user’s computer does not have this component and does not choose to install it, the program will not run. In order to make the program run normally and the user is not sure whether the component is installed on their computer, it is recommended to select and install the component.

Figure 1.3-2 installation of selected components

After selecting the components, users need to read and confirm the license agreement of the software. Users need to accept a license to install and use the software. The detailed protocol can be read by users during installation. This note does not make too many statements.

Figure 1.3-3 installation license agreement

The installation starts when you accept the license.

After installation, you will be asked whether to install Microsoft Visual C + + 2015-2019 redistributable (x86) component or not. If the user does not check to install this component, ignore it.

2. Main page

The main page is divided into two parts: game list and quick configuration. The quick configuration can read and configure some parameters of the base, steering wheel, and pedal equipment. The functions of the game list include whether the game is installed, the configuration of game telemetry data, and the startup of the game.

If the device is connected successfully, the picture of the device is in color, and the device parameters can be configured. If the device is disconnected, the configuration function will not be available and the background of the picture will be gray.

Figure 2-1 equipment connected
Figure 2-2 equipment not connected

2.1. Game start

The software can start the game in two ways: Steam starts the game, and the custom path starts the game.

When steam starts the game mode, the software will search whether the game is installed on the computer. If the software does not find the game on the user’s computer, the “not installed” label in gray will be displayed on the cover of the game. Users can start the game through steam software. Starting the game in this way is exactly the same as the way users start the game in Steam.

In the custom path startup game mode, the “not installed” label will not appear on the game cover. This mode is generally used to start non-Steam games. When the software is started, the software will automatically obtain the game path installed in the user’s computer, without the user setting the game path. If the computer gets the wrong path, the user can reset the path.

Figure 1.1-3 custom startup game mode

2.2. Game configuration

The game configuration function is to configure the telemetry data of the game. After the successful configuration, the software can obtain the telemetry data of the game, the dashboard can display the game data, and the steering wheel can correctly flash the speed indicator. It can be configured in steam startup mode and custom mode.

After configured successfully, the “configured” label in the blue font will appear on the game cover. The configuration button will be hidden.

When the configuration fails, the following prompt will display:

Tip 1: unable to open the configuration file. The file may not exist! Try to enter the game before configuring.

When this prompt appears, the configuration file may have been deleted by the user by mistake or the configuration file has not been created yet. The user can try to enter the game first and let the game automatically create the profile. Note that the user is best to configure when the game is closed. Although the configuration may be successful when the game is running, it will not take effect. Because the configuration file configured by the software at this time is not recognized by the game. If the user clicks on the configuration while the game is running, just restart the game. 

Figure 1.2-5 configuration failure prompt 1

Tip 2: the game does not support the automatic configuration of telemetry data, please configure it manually after entering the game.

When this prompt appears, the software does not support the automatic configuration of the game temporarily. Users need to enter the game to configure telemetry data. It is expected that future versions will support the automatic configuration of the game.

Figure 1.2-6 configuration failure reason II

Tip 3: file configuration failed, unknown error!

When this prompt appears, the system may be unresponsive or out of memory. Users can try to close some unrelated programs that are running or restart the computer for reconfiguration.

2.3. Quick configuration of steering wheel

The quick configuration of the steering wheel can set the maximum angle of the steering wheel and the centering of the steering wheel. It can read the corner of the steering wheel and the button test display of the steering wheel. To set more configurations, click the “more settings” button on the upper right to jump to the steering wheel configuration page.

Steering wheel centering is used for initial installation or when the steering wheel angle has deviated, it can be adjusted to normal. After setting the centering software, the current steering wheel steering angle is 0 °..

When the user rotates the steering wheel, the software will calculate the steering angle of the steering wheel and display it. The user can also set the maximum angle of the steering wheel. The maximum steering wheel angle is the steering value of the steering wheel from the leftmost to the rightmost.

2.4. Quick configuration of base

The quick configuration of the pedestal can set the game force feedback intensity parameters of the base. To set more configurations, click the “more settings” button on the upper right to jump to the base configuration page.

Figure 1.4 quick configuration of the base

2.5. Pedal quick configuration

The pedal shortcut configuration can set the start and end parameters of the pedal, the start and end parameters of the brake, the start and end parameters of the clutch.

The start point or endpoint parameters can be set according to the angle of the current pedal. When a certain pedal is depressed, the start point (set Min) and endpoint (set Max) are set according to the depressed value. If you want to set more configurations, you can click the “More Settings” button on the upper right to jump to the pedal configuration page. The start point parameter cannot be greater than the endpoint parameter, and similarly, the endpoint parameter cannot be less than the start point parameter.

Figure 1.5 quick configuration of pedal

3. configuration page of the Base

The base configuration is divided into the basic setting, professional setting, and road perception equalizer.

3.1. Basic settings

It is sufficient for ordinary users to use the basic parameters.

Description of parameters included in basic settings:

a. Maximum steering angle: the maximum angle at which the steering wheel turns from the left limit to the right limit.

b. Game force filtering: by adjusting the parameters in the road perception equalizer, adjust the bandwidth of the low-pass filter to provide a more comfortable feel. When the parameters of the road perception equalizer are modified, the game force filter display will turn red, as shown in Figure 2.1. When the game force filter has been modified by the road perception equalizer parameters (in the red state), reconfiguring the game force filter will cover the road perception equalizer parameters. The game force filter parameters and road perception equalizer parameters affect each other.

c. Game force feedback intensity: adjust the overall intensity of the force feedback given in the game.

d. Mechanical force feedback strength: adjust the overall strength of the mechanical force feedback of the base motor. The mechanical force is the force simulated by the algorithm, which has nothing to do with the game force.

e. Maximum steering wheel speed limit: in order to protect the driver, the algorithm limits the steering wheel speed when the steering wheel exceeds the allowable maximum speed.

f. Mechanical centering strength: simulate a centering effect that is not affected by the game, and simulate the mechanical springs to centering the steering wheel.

g. Mechanical damping ratio: comprehensively adjust the mechanical damping force according to the mechanical return strength, mechanical force feedback strength, natural inertia, and game force feedback strength, which is convenient for ordinary users to adjust.

h. Auxiliary centering control: Turning on can suppress the rapid oscillation of the steering wheel and protect the driver.

The quick setting function is more convenient for ordinary users. The parameter modification relationship corresponds to the quick setting racing mode.

Table parameter modification relationship corresponding to quick setting racing mode2

Figure 2.1 state of game force filtering after modification of road perception equalizer

3.2. Specialty setting

Professional settings can set more advanced parameters, which are suitable for old players or racing drivers.

Description of parameters included in specialty settings:

a. Mechanical damping: simulate a damping force that is not affected by the game. The damping force increases linearly with the increase of steering wheel speed. The parameters of mechanical damping ratio and mechanical damping force affect each other. If you modify any parameter, the other parameter will change accordingly.

b. Game force feedback intensity: like the basic setting, the professional setting also has this parameter, but in the professional setting, the game force feedback intensity can be set up to twice.

c. Maximum output torque limit: allow the maximum output torque of the motor. Prevent damage caused by excessive force feedback. For users with lower hand strength, it is recommended to set this parameter smaller.

d. Hand-off protection: Turn on to detect that when the hand is off the steering wheel, the algorithm controls the steering wheel to remain in the neutral position. Prevent injuries caused by violent shaking. When the steering wheel is not connected, this parameter is invalid.

e. Natural inertia: the natural inertia simulates the steering wheel with different weights. In order to meet the real feeling, the user needs to manually adjust the mechanical damping and use it with this parameter. This parameter cannot be set when the steering wheel is not connected. Fixed at 100.

f. Mechanical friction: simulates a friction effect that is not affected by the game. It can be used to prevent oscillation or simulate the steering rack of a car without power steering.

Figure 2.2 specialty setting interface

3.3. Road sense equalizer

The road perception equalizer can set the amplitude gain of game road conditions.

Figure 2.3 interface of pavement sensing equalizer

4. Steering wheel configuration page

There are four configurable parameters on the steering wheel configuration page:

a. Speed follow-up: turn on or off the relationship between steering wheel light and speed.

b. Speed prompt: the relationship between the current percentage of engine speed and the light on in the game.

c. Color setting: sets the luminous color of each lamp from left to right.

d. Brightness adjustment: brightness of all lamps.

Figure 3-1 steering wheel configuration interface

When the advance type is selected, the first light will be on when the speed percentage reaches 75%. When the speed percentage reaches 79%, the first and second lights will be on. As the speed percentage increases, the number of lights will increase. The relationship between the current engine speed percentage and the light on and the model type.

Table 3 Relationship between speed percentage and light on

To change the color of the light, press the mouse in the color square or other lights, and a small rectangle will appear at the mouse pointer. The color can be changed by moving the small rectangle to the lamp to be changed.

Figure 3-2 setting red for the last lamp

The steering wheel image on the configuration page not only displays the appearance of the current product but also detects that the user presses any key on the steering wheel. The steering wheel of the RS Alcantara disc model has a variety of buttons: horn, ordinary button, left and right rocker, left and right knobs, up and down paddles. When users interact with different buttons, different effects will be displayed on the software.

5. Pedal configuration page

The pedal configuration page can configure accelerator start and end parameters, brake start and end parameters, clutch start, and end parameters. In addition to the configuration parameters, it can also detect the angle value of the pedal is pressed.

Accelerator, brake, and clutch all have quick travel settings. Only endpoint parameters are set for short stroke, long-stroke, and full stroke, and the set parameter values are 40, 70, and 100 respectively.

Figure 4 configuration interface of the pedal basic version

6. Dashboard configuration page

At present, there are only two configurable parameters on the dashboard configuration page: screen brightness and dashboard display style. Different styles display different game data. The following images show the style of dashboard-style of the qualifying Version.

Figure 4 instrument panel configuration interface

7. Firmware upgrade page

The firmware upgrade page can only be used when the device is connected. If the device is not connected, the device cannot be upgraded.

Figure 6-1 equipment not connected

When the device is connected normally, the latest firmware version can be obtained by checking the update button. After checking the update, if a new version is found, the firmware can be updated.

When the upgrade fails, you need to retry until the upgrade succeeds. If the upgrade fails multiple times, there may be a hardware error. It needs to be repaired at the maintenance point.

8. System setting page

Figure 7-1 system setting interface

The software version can be viewed on the system settings page. It can detect whether there is the latest version. If a new version is detected, an update prompt window will appear. If you click Update installation, the software will close and open the maintenance tool: maintainancetool.exe to update.

Figure 7-2 software update pop-up window

Two files are required to run the maintenance tool: maintainancetool.dat and installer.dat.The user cannot change it at will, otherwise, the maintenance tool will not be able to run and upgrade the software. If the user deletes it by mistake, please reinstall the program.

Figure 7-3 missing installer.dat file
Figure 7-4 missing maintainancetool.dat file
Figure 7-5 missing maintainancetool.exe program

9. Maintenance tools

The software has a maintenance tool to manage the addition, deletion, update and uninstall of the software program. The maintenance tool will be generated with the installation package.

9.1. Add or remove components

Use this option when installing the program, some components are not checked or removed some components. For example, Siyuan font library, if the user does not install the font library during installation, you can add and install the font library again here.

9.2. Update components

When the software detects a new version, the user needs to select this option to upgrade the software.

9.3. Unload all

Removing all components will completely delete all information.

Figure 8-1 removing all components

9.4. Precautions

A components.xml is required for the use of the maintenance tool. Do not modify it, otherwise, the maintenance tool will not work normally. The file is created during installation. If the user mistakenly deletes it, just reinstall the program.

Figure 8-2 failure of normal use due to lack of files