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Is Windows 8 + Wiimote the perfect HTPC setup?

  1. #31


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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by simphax View Post
    If anyone is interested I can post a description on how to do this.
    I may be but I'm very new to HTPC (xbmc) and windows 8 and don't have the gear yet to try out the wiimote for control purposes.

    This may not be an appropriate forum to ask this but what choices are there out there for contollong windows 8 without attaching a keyboard & mouse?

    Regards,
    Dave

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  2. #32


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by laserbeam View Post
    what choices are there out there for contollong windows 8 without attaching a keyboard & mouse
    A touchscreen apparently (Sorry - just a joke)
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  3. #33


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    A touchscreen apparently (Sorry - just a joke)
    Given the fuzziness of the question I probably asked for that
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  4. #34


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8


    Hi Simplehax,
    I'm getting close to equipping myself with wireless sensor and bluetooth adaptors for this but would like to ask you a a couple of questions if you don't mind just to clarify a few things:

    - Can the x-box kinnect be used in lieu of a usb sensor bar?
    - In your opinion is this something that could be used by some of the technophobes in my family?
    - Does this work seamlessly with Windows 8.1?
    - Which bluetooth adaptor have you been using? Or, do you have a recommendation? Smaller the better as far as I'm concerned.


    Regards,
    David
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  5. #35


    Quote Originally Posted by laserbeam View Post
    - Can the x-box kinnect be used in lieu of a usb sensor bar?
    You will need two bright IR light sources. The sensor bar is basically 4+4 LEDs on each side of the sensor bar that is filtered for IR light. I do not think kinect is able to achieve this.
    Quote Originally Posted by laserbeam View Post
    - In your opinion is this something that could be used by some of the technophobes in my family?
    Yes. Especially if you pair a wiimote with the sync button. That way you can have touchmote start at login and you would just have to press any button to start maneuvering windows. The wiimotes will automatically enter a sleep mode after a while. The problem with syncing is that you will have to resync with the wii console if you would like to use the wiimotes there. If you do not sync you can set up so that touchmote waits for a pairing signal on startup so you just instead of pressing any button press 1+2 simultaneously and just wait a few seconds at it will be connected without losing the sync to the wii console.

    If you have a newer wiimote you might have to install the toshiba Bluetooth stack and that will not work with the last feature. And the sync auto connect will only work if you have at least one other connected Bluetooth device such as a keyboard or a mouse. Otherwise you might have to manually connect the wiimote at each boot. You can see if your wiimote is of this model by reading the model number in the battery compartment, it will end with -TR
    Quote Originally Posted by laserbeam View Post
    - Does this work seamlessly with Windows 8.1?
    Yes. The only thing is that they disabled the ability to easily override the screen size to enable good upscaling of the interface. If you want to do that you will have to override the display EDID. I will write a guide on how to do that at a later time.
    Quote Originally Posted by laserbeam View Post
    - Which bluetooth adaptor have you been using? Or, do you have a recommendation? Smaller the better as far as I'm concerned.
    I am using the built in Bluetooth in Apple computers which uses a Broadcom chip and works seamlessly. Then I have tried three different noname cheap USB adapters and I think all of them works by pairing but some does not properly work with 1+2 pairing. I do not have these here so I can't tell you the specific models but I would guess the more expensive the better.
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  6. #36


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8


    Hi,
    I have a nextronics usb sensor bar plugged into my pc and Bluetooth dongle using the Qualcomm Atheros Blueooth AR3011 Driver. When I hit sync on the wii remote the touchmote display says "paired" and then some time later responds "Error Could not activate".

    What am I doing wrong?

    Regards,
    David
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  7. #37


    Quote Originally Posted by laserbeam View Post
    Hi,
    I have a nextronics usb sensor bar plugged into my pc and Bluetooth dongle using the Qualcomm Atheros Blueooth AR3011 Driver. When I hit sync on the wii remote the touchmote display says "paired" and then some time later responds "Error Could not activate".

    What am I doing wrong?

    Regards,
    David
    Some bluetooth adaptors will have trouble pairing a Wiimote using 1+2 . Try pairing by pressing the Sync button in the battery compartment. If that does not work, try another bluetooth adaptor or try with Toshiba drivers
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  8. #38


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    Hi I never did build the HTPC. After two years how does this setup work for everyone?
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