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    Griffen Powermate Issues - Nice.. But.....

    Well.. The nice UPS man dropped off my powermates today. I bought 2.. One for the truck and one for a gift. I installed MY powermate on the desktop to familierize myself with it and it's capabilities. I encountered some issues with it from the get go.. I initally chalked them up to the new hardware syndrome. However as I ventured into the software further I encountered more issues. Some have resolved themselves some not..
    Firstly, upon install the knob didn't work at all.. Squat.. After a reboot and unplug-replug It came alive. So.. now I have a $40 volume knob with cool light. Great. Lets try and config some software for this doodad.
    Lets try winamp.. Simple right? After some simple config with the software I didn't have any control over winamp. Sigh.. A reboot and another replug still no go.. Okay.. I do have a older winamp.. soo.. Lets try my favorite bowser. After a Mozilla setup STILL no go.. All I had was master volume control.. *sigh*.. Buggy software? Problems with the hardware? Dunno..
    After about 10 minutes fooling around with it, I suddenly had app control! Out of the blue.. WTH? So far making changes in the setup it works, sometimes not.

    Are you having issues with YOUR powermate?
    So far I would give the hardware a 9 with a 3 going to the software.. It does work, but requires a hassle.

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    The drivers probably were not installed properly. Sometimes computers will recognise it as a USB HID rather then a powermate as it should. When that happens you will only be able to adjust volume. I've noticed that XP also has issues properly recognising a powermate on boot. You have to plug it in afterwards.

    The guys at griffin have told me they will have a new driver set out before the end of the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffy2097
    The drivers probably were not installed properly. Sometimes computers will recognise it as a USB HID rather then a powermate as it should. When that happens you will only be able to adjust volume. I've noticed that XP also has issues properly recognising a powermate on boot. You have to plug it in afterwards.

    The guys at griffin have told me they will have a new driver set out before the end of the year.
    What OS do you have? I have win2k and found out the hard way that I needed service pack 2 in order to load the Powermate Driver. My powermate seems to work consistnenly now. I do think their software is very limited.

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    Um, why in gods name would you NOT have service pack 2? That just screams "Hack my system."

    No excuse for security that poor. Even in a carcomp.

    The drivers are quite limited. You can use the Extended keyboard plugin and girder to help you get more from it. check the forums at http://www.girder.nl

    I run an install of win2k with all the latest updates.
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    I run a 2k3 enterprise server as my main machine and run xp and use terminal services. 2k3 is fully secure and xp, I could care less and have no patches, services packs whatso ever. if anyone gets in, I can do a quick format and reghost


    As for girder and powermate, it is useful but still missing some stuff. There is a big difference between hardware between the silver and black version. I've open both of them. As for the drivers, you have to plug it in and then point it to the driver. If you have multiple USB ports, you have to do it for every port since XP will only register to the port it first installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seraph
    There is a big difference between hardware between the silver and black version. I've open both of them.

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    What is the difference in hardware? Can you post some pics or somthing?

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    The layout of the hardware is different, but it doesn't work any different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caeberos
    What is the difference in hardware? Can you post some pics or somthing?

    Do a quick search. I posted the silver one sometime back. The black one is similar except for the fact that you now have 1 LED instead of 2.
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    Hi!
    I'm having problems with my Powermate as well. It shows up in control panel as a powermate, not a HID. But sometimes when I reboot, Windows doesn't see it at all. I unplug and replug and most times it sees it and it works. Sometimes it doesn't. I also think that the extension cable that came with the device is not good. Sometimes when I move the wire, windows drops it;s connections and looses the device. I've written to Griffin tech support twice and heard back after the second letter. They told me they didn't have any specific info for me. Or the problem is because of the un powered hub.
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    More info....after goofing around with it im able to see it consistently from boot. However, XP doesn't know it's connected until you remove and replug it in after hybernation. I'm searching for an answer here and on Technet as well...if anybody has any suggestions, please let me know. I really want to use hybernation on my system.
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