SteamVR Tracking HDK

SteamVR Tracking HDK

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Sean @ Synapse Oct 28, 2016 @ 11:41am
Obtaining more wireless USB receivers
If you need more wireless receivers, you can purchase Steam Controller receivers and install SteamVR firmware on them.

Firmware conversion:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SteamVR Tracking HDK\tools\bin\win32>lighthouse_watchman_update.exe -D "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SteamVR\tools\lighthouse\firmware\vr _controller\watchman_dongle.bin"

Receivers can be purchased at this link.
Last edited by Sean @ Synapse; Oct 28, 2016 @ 11:42am
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Synapster Oct 28, 2016 @ 3:54pm 
Current price is $12.99. Link for your convenience. http://store.steampowered.com/app/530260/
bendotcom  [developer] Oct 30, 2016 @ 3:35pm 
Be aware that using that firmware image will not replace the bootloader, so a future attempt to upgrade the firmware using the normal process will probably convert it back to a Steam Controller dongle.
Joe Guo Nov 25, 2016 @ 9:58pm 
Hi,

I would like to purchase more receivers but the problem is I can only purchase one from steam (since I can not select quantity when I add the item to cart and the default quantity is 1) and 3 from amazon(3 is a limit that is set by valve). So how can I get more receivers?
I don't think it is a good idea to create many accounts in order to purchase more items. Is there a way that we can buy the accessories directly from valve? I couldn't find a sales contact from steam website. Any ideas?
Thanks for your help!

Best,
Joe Guo
Can anybody confirm what programming tool can be used to flash steam controller dongle to make it a steamvr tracked device dongle?

I found only being able to order one dongle at a time in steam store to be restrictive.

Any word when those pre flashed dongles on triadsemi website will be made available? I tried to order there but could n't
Last edited by BYO.Shaun; May 20 @ 8:13am
You don't need a tool, you can do this over USB as outlined in the first message. I've Confirmed this with my own.
How often have you had to reflash because of what bendotcom forewarns of?
Last edited by BYO.Shaun; May 20 @ 8:17am
bendotcom  [developer] May 20 @ 8:38am 
The HDK has been updated to include the "combined" image which will reflash both the application and the bootloader, making the conversion permanent.
BYO.Shaun May 20 @ 10:14am 
There is no newer HDK firmware version listed in C:\Program Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SteamVR Tracking HDK\firmware\ than 1.17.2017 .

The discussion found at http://steamcommunity.com/app/507090/discussions/0/135508398033895377/ talks of updates to HDK for combined bootloader for radio being missing as well as combined image for other HDK components needed.

I also appreciate that thread is talking about manufacturing dongles rather than just reflashing a steam controller dongle over USB.

Still need to test to confirm.

Thanks guys. I got steam controller dongle converted to a watchman dongle.

The latest steamvr beta with SteamVR home beta needs something more like
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SteamVR Tracking HDK\tools\bin\win32\lighthouse_watchman_update.exe" -D "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SteamVR\tools\lighthouse\firmware\vr_controller\archive\htc_vrc_dongle_1461100729_2016_04_19.bin"
which gives
Attempting to update Watchman Dongles to version 1461100729... Converting steam controller dongle to watchman dongle. Switching to bootloader Looking for 1 bootloaders HID opened: VID 28de PID 1042 serial (null) seq 1 | if -1 Attempting to convert Steam Controller dongle into Watchman Dongle... Valve Nordic bootloader version 19.0 P2vvX........vvvvvvvvP3X........vvvvvvvvP4X........vvvvvvvvP5X........vvvvvvvvP6X........vvvvvvvvP7X........vvvvvvvvP8X........vvvvvvvvP9X........vvvvvvvvP10X........vvvvvvvvP11X........vvvvvvvvP12X........vvvvvvvvP13X........vvvvvvvvP14X........vvvvvvvvP15X........vvvvvvvvP16X........vvvvvvvvP17X........vvvvvvvvP18X........vvvvvvvvP19X........vvvvvvvvP20X........vvvvvvvvP21X........vvvvvvvvP22X........vvvvvvvvP23X........vvvvvvvvP24X........vvvvvvvvP25X........vvvvvvvvP26X........vvvvvvvvP27X........vvvvvvvvP28X........vvvvvvvvP29X........vvvvvvvvP30X........vvvvvvvvP31X........vvvvvvvvP32X........vvvvvvvvP33X........vvvvvvvvP34X........vvvvvvvvP35X........vvvvvvvvP1vvvvvvvvP0X........vvvvvvvv Successfully converted firmware. Found all expected bootloaders

After unplugging and plugging dongle back in got Hardware IDs VID 28DE PID 2101 and a Watchman Dongle listed in windows devices app.

Can not find "watchman_dongle.bin"
Last edited by BYO.Shaun; May 20 @ 3:29pm
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