フレダーマウスに関する質問

1. Setup and Configurationに関するFAQ

Q•フレダーマウスのライセンスについて(Q1.1 - How do I get a license for Fledermaus?)

FAQ ID:Q1.1

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Fledermaus needs a license to run on your machine. Currently three different types of licenses are supported: a node-locked license which is tied to a particular computer, a dongle which plugs into your parallel port, or a network license server. Using a network server, a number of licenses can be put on a central computer and can then be checked out, used, and then checked back in by computers on the network. For more information on setting up dongles, see the next topic. If you are setting up a network license, see the System Installation document.

The first step when installing a node-locked license is to download Fledermaus for your platform from http://www.ivs.unb.ca/pub/fledermaus/. Unpackage and install Fledermaus on your system. On Unix systems, run the lmhostid executable (usually in /usr/IVS/bin) and note the hostID for your computer. On Windows, open a command window or "Start->Run..." then run lmtools. You can use either the Ethernet address or the disk volume serial number as the hostID.

Send the hostID along with the details of your computer such as CPU type (SGI, Sun, Intel x86), operating system (Irix, Solaris, Windows, Linux) and the version of Fledermaus you would like to use. Then contact us for a quote at 506-454-4487 or info@ivs.unb.ca. Please indicate whether you are applying for commercial or academic pricing.

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Q•ドングルのセットアップの仕方(Q1.2 - How do I set up a dongle for Fledermaus?)

FAQ ID:Q1.2

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This short description assumes you have already obtained a license file from IVS and added the text string to your "license.dat" file. If you have not obtained the license string, contact info@ivs.unb.ca. If you do not have a copy of the dongle activation software, you can download it from "http://www.ivs.unb.ca/pub/fledermaus/extras/dongle.zip".

After you have downloaded and extracted the files from the zip file, run the setup program. This will open a setup window. Select "install Driver" from the installation window. "Windows NT Device Driver Installed Successfully" will appear at the top of the window. This is the only indication that the driver is installed, so you may exit from this window.

To see that the system has accepted the installation, run lmtools from the ivs/bin/ directory. Select the "systems settings" tab. If the process has been successful you should see the dongle id# (which should match the license string in your license.dat file). Fledermaus will now start succesfully.

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Q•フレダーマウスで使用するコンピュータについて(Q1.3 - What configuration of machine do I need to use Fledermaus?)

FAQ ID:Q1.3

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Fledermaus runs on multiple platforms. The most significant component in getting good performance is the video card. Systems with a powerful video subsystem will have good performance. Next most important is the amount of memory available on the system and lastly is the CPU speed. An adequate amount of memory to handle your data sets without swapping. The CPU speed is not as important, since most operations are dependent on how fast the video subsystem can draw and how fast memory can be accessed.

Some sample configurations are:

  • SGI with Irix
  • Sun with Solaris
    • Creator3D video or above supported
  • x86 PC with Windows NT/2000/XP
    • Supported video cards
      • nVidia GeForce series
      • 3DLabs Oxygen/Wildcat series
      • ATI Radeon series
  • x86 PC with Linux
    • Supported video cards
      • nVidia GeForce series
      • Xi Graphics X server and supported cards with hardware acceleration

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Q•3Dマウスを使用するには?(Q1.4 - How do I get the bat to work?)

FAQ ID:Q1.4

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The 3D input device, or Bat, communicates with the Fledermaus application via the Device3Dserver applet. If you ever have problems with the Bat this program can be run independently to fault find. However, you should first check the obvious:

  • Is the device connected to the serial port you are trying to use and turned on?
  • Are the preferences in Fledermaus set to the correct port and type of device?

When trouble shooting it is best to directly run the Device3DServer applet from the command line that lets you see a scrolling list of numbers when operating correctly. Once running you can also then run Fledermaus separately and change to the 3D flight mode.

Things to check first:

- PC Windows Platform:
If the Bat is turned on and the serial cable is plugged in when Windows is booted, Windows will try and configure a serial mouse for the Bat that will cause lots of problems. The simple solution is don't turn the Bat on until Windows is booted.

- Any Unix platform:
Double-check the serial port permissions. Often they are configured by default to only allow reading from the serial port. The Bat requires both read and write permissions.

Depending on platform the serial port device name is:

  SGI Sun Linux
Port #1: /dev/ttyd1 /dev/term/a /dev/ttyS0
Port #2: /dev/ttyd2 /dev/term/b /dev/ttyS1

To see permissions: ls -l

Become root: and do a chmod 777 . This gives full permissions to the port. The execute permission is not strictly necessary but is probably a good idea.

To Test The Device:

Run the program: Device3DServer -h for help

Example: Device3DServer -device Isotrak2 -port /dev/ttyS0 -v

Don't forget the -v command for verbose output. You will see a few messages and if all is well after 4-8 seconds you should see a continuous stream of numbers. If you do and they're not all zeros then the Bat is working and all should be well.

On the Unix platforms if you get the message unable to open port, and you have previously checked the permissions, then this often means that the cable connecting the computer to the Bat is missing a NULL modem adapter (or has one too many).

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