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HIDSporb, the open-source Win32 HID Minidriver for the Spacetec Spaceorb 360The Spacetec Spaceorb 360 is an outstanding 3d game controller which supports six axes and six physical buttons on an intuitive game device. It is a great deal of fun to use and was my favorite controller for first-person shooters for years.
Unfortunately, Spacetec fell by the wayside and the orb itself was unsupported for years. When Microsoft operating systems moved toward the WDM model for drivers, Spaceorb users knew they were in trouble; when Windows 2000 and XP required WDM drivers, we were simply out of luck--there was no support for the mighty orb.
After perusing some sample source code for windows drivers in fall of 2001, I decided that it might be possible to write a HID minidriver which would represent the Spaceorb as a HID-compatible gaming device; a few months and several hundred blue-screen-of-death reboots later, I was able to play Half-life with the orb... and any other game which supported DirectInput gaming devices followed suit. From suggestions garnered by testers of the driver, we added several features; in some ways the HIDSporb driver is actually more powerful than even the original Spacetec driver:
DownloadablesI am currently in the process of scrubbing the HIDSporb source code, so the source code is not currently available. I hope to have it available to the public soon.
Feel free to examine the project page (there is not much there yet!) at http://sourceforge.net/projects/hidsporb.
If you are interested, the current (initial-release) binary driver package is available from the project page, or linked directly here. The initial release package includes the binary driver, orbcontrol program, documentation, and game configuration files; total size is 615k (mostly due to the pictures in the installation guide).
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