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Thread: CONTEST: Xbox Chatpad Driver Challenge

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    BLACK chatpads on sale at buy.com for $19.99 shipped!
    http://www.buy.com/prod/xbox-360-cha...216082489.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by trader007 View Post
    BLACK chatpads on sale at buy.com for $19.99 shipped!
    http://www.buy.com/prod/xbox-360-cha...216082489.html
    Amazon also has them on sale for $20 at the moment (25 with shipping though, not eligible for super saver since it's under 25)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jewrye View Post
    I just joined to say THANKS to GAFBlizzard, I was seriously just yesterday thinking about buying a ChatPad to use for my xbmc setup rather than dropping 100 on a bluetooth keyboard solution.

    Looking forward to seeing the driver come to fruitition, I think you're idea of making it a HID mouse/keyboard device would be nice, map mouse movement to one of the joysticks? Might be nice if you could toggle the mouse emulation on/off via guide button for when switching to uses such as games/emulation. Just a thought, goodluck on the rest of your work!
    My plan was to use the little people button (is that the "guide" button?) on the chatpad to toggle mouse control on and off. Stop figuring out my features before I get them implemented and released! :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAFBlizzard View Post
    My plan was to use the little people button (is that the "guide" button?) on the chatpad to toggle mouse control on and off. Stop figuring out my features before I get them implemented and released! :P
    Would it be easy/take long to make a quick application to map keys to the green, orange, left, right and chat bubble buttons? Or even just a text file that can be modified.(But have 1-9 and a-z etc as there respective keys by default)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WazzaJB View Post
    Would it be easy/take long to make a quick application to map keys to the green, orange, left, right and chat bubble buttons? Or even just a text file that can be modified.(But have 1-9 and a-z etc as there respective keys by default)
    I'm not totally sure yet, especially since it it will probably become clearer what works well when I actually test it out. I think you will want the orange and green buttons to preserve their functions since most of the punctuation requires using the orange or green alternate characters. Left and right would probably also be good if you want to edit something you just typed, but I could remap them if desired. I'm definitely planning on remapping the people button, probably to enable mouse control with the thumbsticks.

    I would like to make things configurable, but I am not sure what else would be good to add that wouldn't make the normal keyboard operation annoying to use. I think the best option I see right now is to use green-lock + number key and orange-lock + number key as configurable hotkeys. That would give 20 custom functions. Some of them might be special driver features, and some might be general where you could edit a text file to make them do something special (I probably won't have a fancy graphical application to start with, maybe later when I or someone else has more time).

    I'm also planning on making it an option to map the big XBox button to something. As far as I know, that button cannot be used by non-XInput games, so it might be useless if you're not playing a GFWL game. If I make it remappable, you could use it for something like voicechat.

    Just some ideas...back to work now!

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    all the big X button does on pc's is turn the controller on for one (but it wont shut the controller off, these controllers just automatically sleep), and then in the game it just brings down the Xbox Live menu heads-up display (just like the consoles)

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    i say let people to map if they want but make it a default setup,

    and idea is to have green & orange together be a special charater as ex:

    hit green and orange, "A" key pops up word. so there is alot more ways to have extra keys.

    my 2 cents

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    Thumbs up

    Nice work GAFBlizzard. I've been reading the updates for a little while now. It must have taken a lot of effort to get this done. I tried my hand at making a driver for the chat pad but could only get the lights to come on.

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    This message is typed from my chatpad under Windows, complete with glowing keyboard. Unfortunatelly, I was able to do this with a test program over two weeks ago, but it took me a while to learn how to make a Windows driver.

    There may be an occasional issue with a key being repeated but otherwise it works fairly well. The mouse cursor can be moved with a thumbstick too, but unfortunately I need to do more work to make it behave properly.

    Long story short, I am back to where my test program was, and a bit beyond, but I still have several things to take care of before I am ready for widespread testing. More info to come in a day or so.

    (edited with a real keyboard to fix "programmed" -> "program" typo, since I don't have the chatpad arrow keys doing anything yet )

    *edit again with a real keyboard* I just tested, and after a tweak it looks like XInput programs are working fine with it. I could play Mirror's Edge with the real keyboard and mouse, the 360 controller controls, and optionally use "mouse + keyboard" controls by using the chatpad and thumbstick-as-mouse. It's really clunky and I have some bugs to fix about key filtering, and I need to smooth the mouse, but it actually does work. Way past bedtime though!

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    i think someone is freakishly close to getting PAID

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