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    I am in the process of building up a CarPC running centrafuse 3. My car didn't come with steering wheel controls so i am thinking of hacking and installing a mini wireless mouse into the steering wheel. The mouse scroller can be used for the volume using a program called Volumouse, I have tried it and it works great. For the previous/next track functions i would like to use the left/right mouse clicks. I have no idea how to implement this and i cannot find a program that can do this for me.

    Not sure if this is possible but i figured this is the best place to ask

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    are you going to need a mouse or you have a touchscreen. what would you want the right and left click buttons to do? you could always implement a usb touchpad on the wheel. and still hack a mouse for the scroll whel for the volume control.

    also what make and model car do you have. most cars possibly higher models of your car do have steering wheel controls. usually plug right into the cable reel. you might be able to find one used and interface your left and right buttons from the mouse that way.

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    • #3
      I want to use the left and right clicks to skip tracks forward and back. I have a touch screen so i wouldn't need a mouse. I have a 2005 VW mk1 golf. In South Africa they continued to make the mk1 golf untill last year. Although it has a new interior, none of them have multifunction steering wheels.

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      • #4
        so none of them have cruise control switches on the steering wheel?

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        • #5
          You can use autohotkey to set the right click and left click, I use that for mine, I use the scroll wheel to move my mouse on the screen...
          look on google for the program, and it is free!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dawnn View Post
            You can use autohotkey to set the right click and left click, I use that for mine, I use the scroll wheel to move my mouse on the screen...
            look on google for the program, and it is free!
            I saw that program but i have zero programing skills. My skills are all mechanical!! Could you possibly give me your script just for the left and right mouse clicks or show me how to create the script in autohotkeys?? I know i got to assign the the clicks to a keyboard press but i have no idea how. I have successfully implemented volumouse to use the wheels scroll for volume

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            • #7
              Originally posted by slociviccoupe View Post
              so none of them have cruise control switches on the steering wheel?
              Haha, none of them even have abs or airbags!!

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              • #8
                http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/S...-Control.shtml

                is your answer

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                • #9
                  ah perfect, the link doesn't work but i'm guessing you pointing me X-mouseButtonControl. It works great, exactly what i was looking for!!
                  Thanks for the help guys

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                  • #10
                    I have less than zero programming skills....but I was able to piece together some other scripts, and make it work,(I just got lucky)...
                    Anyway looks like you found a solution, I can remember trying out that program and for some reason I did work for my situation, I can't remember why, it may have been that I wanted to be able to use two mouses...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dawnn View Post
                      I have less than zero programming skills....but I was able to piece together some other scripts, and make it work,(I just got lucky)...
                      Anyway looks like you found a solution, I can remember trying out that program and for some reason I did work for my situation, I can't remember why, it may have been that I wanted to be able to use two mouses...
                      So you saying it is possible to run 2 mouses at the same time? That would enable me to have more steering wheel functions

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                      • #12
                        I do with my set up, I use one as a rotary encoder and one as a regular mouse....
                        also with the autohotkey thing you can set it up to where one button can do more than one thing... Like you press rt button it does x then say you press rt button and scroll up it does y...press rt button scroll down it does z and on and on.....

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                        • #13
                          It seems the possibility's are endless because you can also have one set of buttons that do one set of things while one program is running and it can do something else when another program is running and when another program is running it does something else! on and on!

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                          • #14
                            yeah i hear what you are saying. So how do i implement a second mouse as a rotary encoder? somehow i would need to tell the OS that it's not a regular HID mouse and it needs to do completely different things to the other mouse

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                            • #15
                              well I just have both plugged in I guess because of the programs I use and that fact that I leave the right button work like it always does and only use it as "shift"
                              button.
                              I use one as a "rotary encoder" thats what you are doing with yours and one functions as a regular mouse
                              I don't think you could make them both different rotary encoders, cause they would just do the same thing...???
                              You will have to set up just one and then just get each and every button press combination
                              out of it... unless you keep one mouse as a mouse and use the curser to select and push
                              different buttons (thats really all I am doing)

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