Questions regarding generic Wii Pro controller on x86 install
@movisman Okay, now it's my part to experience strange happenings. The Mayflash adapter already was set to Xinput when the home button didn't work. I then switched it to Dinput to test it, and apart from the name displayed in the input configuration dialog of ES, nothing changed. BUT after I switched back to Xinput, the home button worked! 😒
That said, it may be that the switch just looked like it was set to Xinput, because I used both controllers at the same time with it, whereas Xinput indeed only allows one connection, as I tested just now.
So yes, the home button works in Xinput mode, but not in Dinput mode.
edit: While testing both modes, I noticed a nice feature of the Mayflash adapter. It can switch the input mode on the fly without a reboot or even disconnecting the first controller. The second loses its connection if the adapter is set to Xinput, of course.
How strange! I had a reply back from Mayflash support confirming what I thought, which is all buttons mappable in xinput mode, but in dinput mode the home button will not work, although you get 4 controller support.
Out of curiosity, I played around with bluetooth pairing on the Linux console. If you haven't sent back the controllers by now, you may try this on any Debian-based Linux system, e.g. Retropie/Raspbian, any Ubuntu variant, or Linux Mint.
Actually, I got a bit cheesed off with trying to get these things paired, and as I had to send back the other ones (which were damaged anyway) along with something else, I thought i'd just send them back and take them to the post office at the same time.
So I no longer have them, and now just planning my next move. With the commands you mentioned, although not like for like I did try to pair with the command line using bluetoothctl, but even when I pressed the sync button on the controller, I would never get a [NEW] device for it. My laptop and a couple of other devices would should up as [NEW] though. So the BT controller simply wasn't seeing it.
The same thing happened when I substituted internal BT (disabled in BIOS) for a USB dongle I found. It never appeared as a [NEW] device. All a bit strange. I don't think Ubuntu Server has bluez-utils installed, but I think it has the bluez application. Either way my Linux Mint install which has everything on there by default couldn't see the controllers.
Part of me wishes i'd kept them for further investigation, but i'm right near the last 20% of my Ubuntu Server appliance install, which I wanted to get finished over the xmas period, so I didn't want to spend too much more time on it.
Tonight, I am going to try and pair up my DS4 controller and see if that works without a dongle - will keep you posted on that. Currently using a wired PC Xbox 360 pad which works great, but i'd like a wireless controller for primary. Almost tempted to shell out for a new model Xbox one controller which fully supports BT without a dongle, and then use the DS4 for the occasional second player (if it pairs), or the wired Xbox controller..
Well, I tried my Sony DS4 controller (newest version), and it simply paired first time, and ES recognised it as a straight up wireless gamepad when I went to configure the input. Was able to configure all buttons without issue, and everything just works as you would expect.
The whole thing took less than 3 minutes, so definitely a strange thing with those Qumox controllers.
Only downer is they don't power down by themselves, but I don't plan to use the PS4 controller with this anyway as a primary, mainly because i'll have to keep plugging the controller back into the PS4 to re-pair. Also my girlfriend may use the PS4 and/or the RetroPie install occasionally and I want it to be hassle free. However it was a useful test!
Also, just FYI, my second DS4 paired fine too and 2 player just worked, one controller had a blue lightstrip, the other red.
Whatever works for you is fine. Have fun!
Indeed. Cheers for all the help! I will look into another controller, at least I know it's nothing to do with my setup. Just an incompatibility of sorts, or a requirement of some type of adapter, or possible controller fault.
Will get something sorted! Cheers.
I would very much like to know your final solution, if you want to share it here. 😊
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I will be very curious if you can get the generic Wii U pro controllers to work. I was not successful with the ones I have tried. I have the EEkit and a Nyco, neither of which will connect to the Raspberry Pi or my laptops. They will work with the Mayflash adapter. Funny thing is they will connect to the Wii U without any issue. I have not tried a new bluetooth dongle. Ended up getting two authentic pro controllers and they synced without issue to the Pi.
@gpmcty I'm curious as well: Why did you swap them if they'd worked with the Mayflash adapter?
Just seen this, I didn't spot the notification that you had replied! So, no final solution as of yet, but I do have in my possession an Xbox One controller which I got brand new for a bargain (£25), and this works very well indeed with the xpadneo driver (not available via RetroPie-Setup as of yet), connected directly via BT. So currently i'm using that, and have a wired 360 controller for the second player. I am looking at buying a second wireless controller though, but not sure what to go for. Would prefer one which doesn't need an adapter, so either another Xbox One controller if any steals come up (don't want to pay full price though), or maybe a second hand Wii U Pro (official), assuming that will pair of course.
Interesting that @gpmcty also had issue connecting the third party controllers directly without the adapter, this was also my experience. I guess the only downside of a Mayflash adapter is the non-working home button if you need to use dinput for 2 player. But that must be it though?
Thanks for the update, it's interesting to follow your way to a working solution.
Yeah, it seems that it is a kind of game of chance to get the right BT controllers for the Pi, may it be that I was lucky or you and @gpmcty were unlucky.
And yes, it seems to be either direct connection without the home key, or using an adapter. Ironically, I'm fine with my adapter although I don't use the home key anyway. :)