AlienFX Lite (Linux + Windows AlienFX tool)

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  1. cpaqf1

    cpaqf1 Notebook Evangelist

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    it works under xp with the M17x R1, are the "zones" the same for the r2 ?
     
  2. Wattos

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    I dont know, Im waiting for somebody with a R2 who would be willing to test it :x

    Thanks for testing it on R1
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    Version 0.2 is out!

    Unfortunately the profiles from 0.1 wont be read into 0.2.

    BUT:

    Now you can do sequences of actions, select colors from action (right click on an action), set the speed of the sequences, see all colors used in the profile (and select them), Add morphs and blinks.

    This tool is now almost as powerfull as the command center (and also adds some more features like copy/paste, insertion into any place on the sequence and you can CHANGE THE COLORS OF THE EYES of the powerbutton).

    Hope you like it. Next version will include a undo/redo functionality + revert changes to profile from last saved time and hopefully bugfixes.

    Enjoy. Please leave some feedback on what you like and dont like.

    ScreenShot:

    http://progger.co.uk/alienfx/linux.png

    Download link on first post
     
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    Released another version. This will probably be the last version unless there are severe bugs or a high demand for some kind of functionality.

    Once I get someone to help me to add support for the M11x I will do that.

    In the 0.3 version expect the following changes:

    *Now you can select multiple actions and then paste them.
    The selection has a SHIFT and CTRL modifier. If shift is pressed, you only add actions to the selection. If CTRL is pressed, you only remove actions from the selection.

    *Pressing with the left mouse button on any color in the "used color panel" will change all actions with that color to the currently selected color

    *Pressing with the right mouse button on any color (including the actions) will select that color

    *you can now reset the lights in case something funny is happening.

    *a faster gui
     
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    any way to modify the speed settings other than the slider? using the command center you can edit the profile with notepad, and up the speed to faster than the defaults.

    maybe put a box in there where we can enter numbers?
     
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    Ill look into it again. The last time I tried entering different numbers ended up in weird behaviour. Also, the last version was tested with the latest firmware for the alienFX device
     
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    I get an error saying that the program cannot communicate with the AlienFX device. I installed JRE and JDK 32 bits and it still doesn't work. Tried running as an administrator and still nothing.
     
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    try to hard reset your alienfx device by:

    turn off pc
    remove battery
    remove power plug
    hold the powerbutton for 10 sec
    plug in your power and start pc.

    If that doesnt work, then there might be something wrong with your alienFX device. Does Command Centre work? Did you upgrade CC to the A05? It has been reported to break some alienFX devices. Did the lights stop working after flashing the device? If yes, I would recommend reflashing
     
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    Hey Wattos, if you need someone to test anything out and pull info on a m11x let me know. I can do it in either Windows or Linux.
     
  10. Wattos

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    Ooh

    I actually would really appreciate any info on the M11x :).

    Here is the general procedure I do to find out the protocol (besides asking people for it).

    * Install UsbSniff 2.0 (http://www.pcausa.com/Utilities/UsbSnoop/). Its a simple program which works on a driver level and can log all sequences of data sent by any device.
    * Run UsbSniff as admin (otherwise it wont be able to install the driver)

    Now here is where it gets tricky. I dont know if dell changes the Product Id of the device, but my assumption would be that they actually did.

    * In the list of devices in SniffUsb, do you see a device with VID 187c (stands for dell)? On my alienware laptop there is only one such device, which is the alienfx device ( PID == 512 ). But on yours the PID might be different.

    * If there is only one device with VID == 187c, then do the following.
    * Select that device in the list.
    * Click install

    * Restart the pc.

    * Open SniffUsb
    * Click on Pause Log -> Close Log -> Delete Log
    * Now press Fn + F11 (e.g. to disable the lights)
    * Now press on Resume in SniffUsb
    * Now press Fn+F11 (to enable the lights).
    * Press on pause log once the lights lit up.

    *upload the C:\Windows\UsbSnoop.log to the forums.

    This will give me all the data I need. If you can also set your zones to different colors (each zone a different color) (before doing the logging) and upload the theme file, that would be even better.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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