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I'm not asking for support here, just letting you know of a problem I hit when trying Smoothboard for the first time on a system with a Wiimote Plus and an eyefinity 6 screen display.

I bought a Wiimote Plus yesterday (no-one here sells the older version any more and I wasn't sure if any of the third-party clones would work) and installed the Toshiba Bluetooth stack on my Win7 system as recommended.  It took several attempts during which I got quite adept at uninstalling and reinstalling bluetooth! - it turns out that the current installation from Toshiba doesn't work, it *has* to be the older 8.0.2 one at http://www.sitecom.com/download/4791/toshiba_8.htm described in http://forums.dolphin-emulator.com/showthread.php?tid=19948&page=22 - the 8.0.12 as linked to from https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1X_Q7_Da4-g2l6AaHgHZTrdzyAuPuM6UmU8zeK6aUG-k sees the wiimote plus but doesn't connect to it.

I installed the SE JDK, and the WiiMote Plus version of Smoothboard from http://www.smoothboard.net/files/download/beta/Smoothboard2-WiiRemotePlus_Setup.exe

I have a 6-output Eyefinity card (http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/news/PowerColor-Unveils-the-Radeon-HD-7870-Eyefinity-6/6423) and a six-screen (3x2) display (http://www.engadget.com/photos/samsung-md230x6-six-screen-eyefinity-rig-price-announced-a-lot/#2974273).

During the installation the primary monitor (#1) of the 6 went black and windows reported a cable failure in the data link to the monitor. 

At this point I was able to run the whiteboard software, albeit with one of six screens blacked out.

But it wasn't a physical failure as reported - on rebooting, the monitor showed the windows startup etc just fine.  Then at the point when it would have switched from mirrored displays to the Eyefinity mode (6 displays working as one big screen) the display froze and never switched mode.  I could tell that the PC was still working from typing at it blind, there was just no more display after that point.

I'm now trying to recover the machine, and the next time I install the Smoothboard I'll do it on a system with a simple single display, but it's a shame because the extended six-screen display would have made for a good impromptu whiteboard when not being used for research visualization...

regards

Graham Toal <gtoal @ utpa.edu>

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