Congratulations! You’ve got yourself a wonderful Taranis controller and now you want to connect it to your PC in order to play FPV Freerider. This guide is how to get that Taranis to work with your Windows 10 PC. If you’re using a Mac or Windows 7, just plug that bad boy in and you’re good to go!
Before we do any connecting to your computer, let’s get the Taranis setup first. You’ll want to configure a specific controller setting just for FPV Freerider. To start, press MENU. Then press the Minus (-) key until you scroll down to a blank slot. Once you’re on a blank space, press and hold the Enter (ENT) key. Select ‘Create Model’ again pressing the Enter (ENT) key. Press the Plus (+) or Minus (-) keys until you navigate to the Quadcopter image (that’s the one on the very right). Once selected, press Enter (ENT).
You’ll see a diagram of a quadcopter and some channel stuff, just press the PAGE button four times until you reach this screen:
Go ahead and press and hold the Enter key until the screen changes. You should now see your model created on the list of available models:
Make sure your craft is highlighted, then press the PAGE key. Once there, change the Model Name to whatever you like, for instance FPV Freerider. Hit Enter to start editing, then use the Plus and Minus keys to change the letter. If you long press the Enter key, you will change the letter to a capitalized version. Once you’re done typing, press the EXIT key.
Now scroll up (press the Plus (+) key) and go through the various settings. The ones we care about are External RF and Internal RF. Both of these options should be OFF. To change them, navigate to the Mode setting for each, press Enter, then press the Minus (-) until you change the option to OFF, then press Enter again.
Once that’s set, press PAGE until you reach the Inputs page (it will be page 5 of 12). You should see something like this:
The Taranis by default has the input range from -100 to 100. However FPV Freerider doesn’t need that large of a range. In fact it wants to start at 0 and go to 100. So this next step is changing the default range to a range that works in FPV Freerider.
Highlight the first option, it should be Thr for Throtlle, then long press the Enter key. Once the menu pops up, hit Enter again to Edit the options.
Navigate down to Weight and change this value to 50. Then change the Offset value to 50 as well. Remember to edit a value, press Enter once, then use the Plus and Minus keys to change that value. As you change these values, you will see the image of the graph on the right hand side change to be completely above the X-axis. You can even move your joysticks around to see it follow along the curve.
Do the same for the other three settings. One additional option you can do is to edit the Curve value. Keep the Curve option at Expo and change the value to 25 for both Ail and Ele, while Rud can be 15. Changing these values is optional and will affect the feel of you control settings. Play with it once you get a better feel for things. Your settings will look like this:
Once you’ve got those settings complete, it’s time to move onto getting your computer ready!
Update 6/8/2016! Please disregard this section about installing drivers onto your computer from the Zadig program. You should now be able to simply plug your Taranis into your computer and Windows 10 will automatically recognize the controller and connect to it. Nothing better than skipping steps! Shout out to Novuh for opening my eyes to this.
If you happen to have followed our guide or did this same procedure like I had, here’s a solution to undoing these steps. You will go through your device manager and uninstall the drivers for the devices you want to start over with. In my case, I selected both the Taranis and STM32 BOOTLOADER and uninstalled the drivers for both. Be sure to follow the step in which you want to “Delete the drive software for this device.” Once completed, give the ol’ computer and Taranis a quick restart and plug the two back in together. Then you can continue on down below. 🙂
Most likely when you plug in your Taranis to your PC, it’s not going to know what you’ve plugged in. It will likely show something like this below:
That’s totally ok! This is a great place to start from. It’s like you’ve got a newer Taranis that’s already been updated to a newer 2.X+ version. If you have a Taranis Plus, then you are definitely good to go.
For whatever reason, Windows is pretty fickle with drivers for our Taranis, thankfully people much smarter than I have created software to help setup the correct drivers for the controller. Navigate to this website and download the Zadig tool (http://zadig.akeo.ie/) and install it. Be sure to choose the option for Windows Vista or Later.
Once you run it, it should look something like this:
First click options at the top of the screen, select ‘List All Devices’. Click the top most dropdown box and select your STM32 BOOTLOADER.
Once selected, don’t change any other settings and click the ‘Reinstall Driver’ button. You should see a window popup saying that the Driver Installation was successful.
At this point I recommend restarting your computer. Once you’re logged in again, turn on your Taranis. Make sure the right model is chosen. Then connect your Taranis to your PC after the controller is on. You should see the Taranis appear in your list of Devices:
Yes! OMG that was way too much trouble. From this point, you can right click and view the Controller Settings. Go into the Taranis settings and you can see this screen (no need to change anything, but it’s fun to see):
One last step. Open up FPV Freerider and make sure the following settings are chosen:
Go ahead and click on Calibrate Controller. You should see the little circles moving up and down as you manipulate the joysticks. If so, we are in the money.
Finish the calibration, select your level, then start flying! Later on I recommend going into the Custom Settings of FPV Freerider and messing with the options in there once you are comfortable with them.
If you have questions, please feel free to tweet me! @chococopter