Has anyone been able to use a Spaceball 4000 FLX with a serial plug on a computer with only USB ports? 3Dconnexions website says they do not support any kind of serial to USB adapter but I'm sure there are smart guys out there who have been succesful? Mike
I tried some time ago to use a USB to serial adapter on my Compaq N800w laptop, but did not have much sucess. I was able to use my spaceball (4000FLX) but found that very often Solidworks would freeze until it got an input from the spaceball. If I would move the spaceball it would "un-freeze" and contunue to work. Too often I would sit waiting for a what I thought was a rebuild only to find after a few minutes that it was the spaceball issue issue holding things up agian. I eventually got frustrated and quit using it with the adapter.
I tried every setting I could think of and was not able to fix the problem.
3Dconnesion just gave me the same line when I requested help that they don't support adatper but were more then happy to sell me a 5000FLX.
Oh I'm sure they'd like to sell you another one at $500 a clip. Your account doesn't hold much promise going the adapter route. Actually, I believe I have an open PCI slot. I wonder if a serial card would work. I don't see why not?? MikeB
com (db9m I think) to USB is the connector and I just used the 3d connexion software for the serial version. I attribute the chunkiness to the less than adequate but all I could find to borrow laptop ;0) my space ball at home is the 4000flx and i have the 5000 usb version at work. I wonder if they would notice if i switched them? one issue i did have was trying to use the adaptor on my pc. i have usb in the front so i figured i'd leave the adapter on the ball all the time and just plug it in the front usb ports but i couldn't get it to work. it would beep beep beep but wouldn't fire up in swx.