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
BYO.Shaun May 19, 2017 @ 5:12pm 
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, 2017 @ 8:13am
eric.schleicher May 19, 2017 @ 8:18pm 
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.
BYO.Shaun May 20, 2017 @ 8:15am 
How often have you had to reflash because of what bendotcom forewarns of?
Last edited by BYO.Shaun; May 20, 2017 @ 8:17am
bendotcom  [developer] May 20, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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.

BYO.Shaun May 20, 2017 @ 2:27pm 
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. :steamhappy:

Can not find "watchman_dongle.bin"
Last edited by BYO.Shaun; May 20, 2017 @ 3:29pm
jz Jun 7, 2017 @ 5:08am 
After obtaining a proper vive tracker (or perhaps a newer version of steamvr) I noticed the watchman_dongle.bin has moved directories, conversion command for me is now:

lighthouse_watchman_update.exe -D "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\SteamVR Tracking HDK\firmware\dongle\watchman_dongle.bin"
Last edited by jz; Jun 7, 2017 @ 5:10am
Is it possible to rollback converted watchman dongle back to sc dongle?

Where can we find firmware bin for sc dongle?
Last edited by BYO.Shaun; Feb 2 @ 2:46am
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