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 Use Your WiiMote with Utilite 
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Post Use Your WiiMote with Utilite

Using just a few readily available packages, it is possible to integrate your WiiMote with your Utilite in Linux. The connection between WiMote and Utilite is via Bluetooth.

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Required Packages

Install the following packages:

1. libcwiid1
2. lswm
3. wmgui
4. wminput

Testing using WMGUI

Test the installation and WiiMote function using the WiiMote Graphical User Interface.

1. Run: $ wmgui

2. In wmgui, pair the WiiMote with Utilite with the pulldown File - Connect.

(Simultaneously depress and hold the WiiMote's 1 and 2 buttons during pairing.)

3. Once pairing is confirmed, activate the WiiMote accelerometers using the pulldown Settings - ACC Data.

4. Confirm correct WiiMote operation in wmgui by pushing buttons and moving the remote in 3-axes.

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Last edited by hassellbear on Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:28 am, edited 5 times in total.

Sun Nov 30, 2014 3:14 am

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Post Re: Use Your WiiMote with Utilite
Use WiiMote as a Mouse

1. Make sure the User Level Input Subsystem is active. Check for /dev/uinput.

If uinput is not present, load it using the command:

$ sudo modprobe uinput

You should now have the new device /dev/uinput

2. Determine your WiiMote's MAC Address using the list WiiMote command:

$ lswm

(Simultaneously depress and hold the WiiMote's 1 and 2 buttons while determining the MAC address.)

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3. Pair the WiiMote with Utilite using the command:

$ sudo wminput "Your WiiMote's MAC address goes here"

(Simultaneously depress and hold the WiiMote's 1 and 2 buttons while pairing.)

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4. Use your WiiMote as a mouse.


1. WiiMote functions all work perfectly with wmgui testing routine.

2. WiiMote functions acceptably as a mouse, although it takes a bit of practice.


1. WiiMote offers interesting possibilities for gaming and other software controls.

2. WiiMote can possibly be used to advantage during slide or video presentations.

3. Utilite again demonstrates its versatility

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Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:01 am

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Post Re: Use Your WiiMote with Utilite
CWiiD still works the last time I checked but it's kinda obsolete now and hasn't been updated in 4 years. These days you should use the kernel HID driver. This driver is a little restrictive by itself as the button mappings may not be what you want but applications such as QJoyPad can easily work around the restrictions.

Sun Nov 30, 2014 1:17 pm

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Post Re: Use Your WiiMote with Utilite
Yes, CWiidD is a bit old (2010) and is no longer maintained upstream. XWiimote is probably the better way to go.

Unfortunately, I don't think xwiimote is present in the Compulab 3.0.35 kernel which I use. Hopefully, that will be remedied when Compulab releases an OS featuring a newer kernel.

This started as a quest to use a Roku bluetooth gaming remote with Utilite and quickly morphed to the WiiMote as it doesn't seem there has been development for the Roku remote.

Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:39 pm
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