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Striker II – Laser control issues 25 June 2007

Posted by David Wilson in USB Missile.
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Launcher Picture Up LeftResolved – sort of.

If you have had problems with the USB Missile Launcher NZ software and the Striker II laser not working correctly, I think I have a solution.

The issue lies with the default preference settings and how they are interpreted by the program. The easy fix for this is to remove or change the preference settings so that the software does not think duplicate launchers exist. Follow the instructions below:

  1. Run the launcher software
  2. Go to preferences
  3. select the launcher icon
  4. Change Launcher 3 (or Launcher 1) setting of Vendor ID and Product ID both to 0 (zero). err, so that I make that clearer, I’ll explain again…
  5. –> launcher 1 should have vendor ID of 4400 and Product ID of 514 with laucher type of Striker II
  6. –> launcher 3 should have vendor ID of 0 and Product ID of 0 and we don’t care about the launcher type.
  7. Click the apply button
  8. Quit the program
  9. rerun the program and test laser

This evening I have also fixed an issue regarding control of the original launcher. After some testing, release 1.4.8 should be out soon.

Included with the 1.4.8 distribution will be a script that can be imported into “Sofa Control” – this means that you can use your apple remote to control the launcher!

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New Windows DreamCheeky Launcher software 5 June 2007

Posted by David Wilson in USB Missile.
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Windows users who have been after some better software to control their USB Missile Launcher are at last able to break free from the vendor supplied software. Anthony Mason has taken on the task of authoring the new software and included some very nice features that extend your use of the launcher.

SharpLauncher Window

Camera support is included, though it did not work for me running under Parallels on my MacBook Pro, your millage may vary. One really nice feature is the ability to prime the missile firing tank, this significantly reducing the delay between pressing the fire button and the actual fire. The “slow motion” feature is another nice touch. Once activated the diagional movement buttons are removed.

I can confirm for Mac uses that the software does run under Parallels on Windows XP.

Make sure that you download and install the 1.2 version of the SharpLauncher software. Anthony has made the source code for this release available as well – it’s a real bonus!

Anthony Mason’s web site for the Sharp Launcher.

Download links for the installer, documentation, and source code are available on Anthon’s web page.