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Mini9 Tablet w/ Accelerometer Tutorial - 11-04-2009, 10:25 PM
This is the Official Guide to adding an Accelerometer to any Windows-based PC.
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iRotate enables you to use a key-combination to rotate your screen, in this case CTRL+ALT+DIRECTIONAL ARROW is the combination in play here. Xpadder enables you to map keys to controller buttons from a gamepad. The idea is to have Xpadder sense a change in orientation, and program it to press the correct key-combination used in iRotate, in order to rotate the screen accordingly.
1) Plug motion controller into the Mini, and let windows install the default drivers for it. Worked perfect in Windows 7.
2) Install and configure Xpadder. (Windows 7 users must run the installer in compatibility mode for Vista, ask if you do not understand). Click the Xbox360 Controller icon on the left, and clcik "New" to configure the hardware. As seen below, click the "Sticks" tab, check the "Enabled" box for Stick 1, choose "Axis Y" for the up/down arrows, choose "Axis X" for the left/right arrows, click the "Finish" tab, then click the "Close" button.
You should now see the virtual buttons on the main interface of Xpadder. Click the tiny wrench icon just below the right button, then click "Settings".
In settings, on the right column choose "4-Way Standard", then raise the DeadZone up past 50% as seen below, then close the window.
How you configure each button is entirely dependent on how you orient the sensor. For example, I will configure the top button below. Click the top button, and up comes a virtual keyboard. I used my mouse to click CTRL ALT and the UP ARROW. When you click the UP ARROW, it will close the virtual keyboard. Your button is now mapped.
Click the up button on the virtual controller to once again bring up the virtual keyboard, then click "Advanced Settings". The motion controller is HIGHLY SENSITIVE. XPadder recognizes ANY movement (even if still within the same button area), as another button push. To combat this, I used the pause feature built into Xpadder. The pause delays further button presses only within the original area, and thusly prevents your screen from flickering out of control. Highlight the box AFTER the UP ARROW in the sequence as seen below. Choose 10 minutes from the drop down on the bottom left, then click "Add Pause". You can then close the window.
Now save everything! 1 saves the configuration, 2 saves the profile, and 3 opens the "Xpadder Settings" page. After you have saved, open the settings page.
In here, you can opt to have the software start with windows, with it being auto minimized. Made sense to me
It should start up with the last profile loaded. Done with Xpadder!
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11-05-2009, 01:10 AM
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11-05-2009, 09:27 PM
Updated with the guide, feel free to ask if you have any questions.
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11-08-2009, 05:22 AM
I'm so excited to try this! The method I was looking at involved soldering and pic programming. The accelerometer chip itself cost more than the game controller!
Thanks so much for this!
BTW-If l had to do it over again, I would have kept my hinges like you did. Then I wouldn't need a separate stand and I think it would have easier to keep cool.
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11-09-2009, 08:41 PM
Wish I had seen this before doing mine, I would have given it a go.
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