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  1. #51
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    Re: AlienFX Lite (Linux + Windows)

    Can't make it work on a Alienware m15x (Bios vX36 P3 (08/29/2008) )

    Error occured while trying to communicate with the AlienFX device: Data length should be 9 but was -4.

    Can I help you help me?

    lsusb -v
    Bus 006 Device 005: ID 187c:0511
    Device Descriptor:
    bLength 18
    bDescriptorType 1
    bcdUSB 1.10
    bDeviceClass 0 (Defined at Interface level)
    bDeviceSubClass 0
    bDeviceProtocol 0
    bMaxPacketSize0 8
    idVendor 0x187c
    idProduct 0x0511
    bcdDevice 1.00
    iManufacturer 1 Alienware
    iProduct 2 AlienFX Mobile
    iSerial 3 1.00.35
    bNumConfigurations 1
    Configuration Descriptor:
    bLength 9
    bDescriptorType 2
    wTotalLength 34
    bNumInterfaces 1
    bConfigurationValue 1
    iConfiguration 0
    bmAttributes 0xc0
    Self Powered
    MaxPower 100mA
    Interface Descriptor:
    bLength 9
    bDescriptorType 4
    bInterfaceNumber 0
    bAlternateSetting 0
    bNumEndpoints 1
    bInterfaceClass 3 Human Interface Device
    bInterfaceSubClass 0 No Subclass
    bInterfaceProtocol 0 None
    iInterface 1 Alienware
    HID Device Descriptor:
    bLength 9
    bDescriptorType 33
    bcdHID 1.10
    bCountryCode 0 Not supported
    bNumDescriptors 1
    bDescriptorType 34 Report
    wDescriptorLength 52
    Report Descriptors:
    ** UNAVAILABLE **
    Endpoint Descriptor:
    bLength 7
    bDescriptorType 5
    bEndpointAddress 0x81 EP 1 IN
    bmAttributes 3
    Transfer Type Interrupt
    Synch Type None
    Usage Type Data
    wMaxPacketSize 0x0008 1x 8 bytes
    bInterval 10
    Device Status: 0x0001
    Self Powered

  2. #52
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    Re: AlienFX Lite (Linux + Windows)

    Thanks Man,
    Awesom app. Works grate on my 15x with ubuntu 10.10.

    cheers

  3. #53
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    Re: AlienFX Lite (Linux + Windows)

    Hi, I've tried to make it work, but nope, no luck.

    ''I follow the instructions, and I get this The application was unable to communicate with alienFX Device. The device is either noet present, or the application lacks sufficient rights to access the device.'' As a pop-up msg. and get this in the terminal if I try ''java -jar ~/AlienFX/AlienFXLite-0.4b.jar''

    ____________ java -jar ~/AlienFX/AlienFXLite-0.4b.jar
    libusb couldn't open USB device /dev/bus/usb/002/003: Permission denied.
    libusb requires write access to USB device nodes.


    I'm not a Pro in Linux, but I try to learn. Any detailed explanation would be appreciated.

  4. #54
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    Re: AlienFX Lite (Linux + Windows)

    Hey callmemister, here is how I got USB permissions working properly in Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) (for use with AlienFXLite):

    (Keep in mind there are several ways to get this done, this is just one method!)

    First, go to System - Administration - Users and Groups. Click on the "Manage Groups" button.
    If you don't have one already, create a group called "usbusers". After you create it, highlight it and click on Properties. Put a checkmark next to your name (and anyone else who needs full permissions to USB devices).

    Then open up a terminal (Applications - Accessories - Terminal).
    In the terminal, type:
    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/udev/rules.d/47-usb.rules
    This should open up an empty file in a text editor called "gedit".
    (note that the name of the file is not important, you can call it whatever you want, but since the rules in this folder are executed in order, I think it is best to name it starting with a number in the 40-49 range)

    In that file, write the following:
    Code:
    # User Edit 
    SUBSYSTEM=="usb", MODE="0666", GROUP="usbusers"
    Save and close the file. This file should allow full access (mode=0666) to anyone in the "usbusers" group for USB devices. Also, the "# User Edit" is a comment (denoted by the # at the start of the line). I like to leave comments in any file I edit just so I know I have been there before in case I come back to do more editing.

    This next part I tried when stuff wasn't working so I'm not sure if it is necessary or not... back in the terminal, type:
    Code:
    sudo chmod a+rx /etc/udev/rules.d/47-usb.rules
    (this makes the file you just created executable)

    Reboot and cross your fingers!
    Last edited by chargersfan420; January 19th, 2011 at 12:55 AM.
    | Alienware M17x-R2 | Go Chargers! |

  5. #55
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    Re: AlienFX Lite (Linux + Windows)

    Would this work on Ubuntu netbook edition?
    On a side note would the netbook edition be good for an m11x or the desktop edition?

  6. #56
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    Re: AlienFX Lite (Linux + Windows)

    It works ! Thank you !!! Hope it helps more people

  7. #57
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    Re: AlienFX Lite (Linux + Windows)

    Quote Originally Posted by tacobff View Post
    Would this work on Ubuntu netbook edition?
    On a side note would the netbook edition be good for an m11x or the desktop edition?

    It works fine.
    Alltho if you install the 10.10 Netbook, I suggest System -> Admin -> Login Screen -> and select Ubuntu Desktop Edition, as the Netbook edition is not really usefull especially with the M11x.
    And DO NOT install the Nvidia Drivers.

  8. #58
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    Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

    Re: AlienFX Lite (Linux + Windows)

    Is there a way to turn it off on battery?

    Paul

  9. #59
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    Re: AlienFX Lite (Linux + Windows)

    I'm getting the "The application was unable to communicate with the alienFX device. The device is either not present, or the application lacks sufficient rights to access the device" message too. Now, it does rather seem to have said rights, and I'm looking at the device now, so...

    I'm an area 51 m15x and 10.04. If anyone can offer any help, it would be much appreciated.

  10. #60
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    Re: AlienFX Lite (Linux + Windows)

    I had the same problem as the guy above...

    "AlienFX error
    Error occured while trying to communicate with the AlienFX device: Data length should be 9 but was -4"

    Any ideas?
    Or how can I learn how to make my own light changing program/script?

    I use a M15x, intel core2duo, ubuntu 10.04, 64bits.

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