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ex-phone touchpad

I have an old broken LG KG800 (chocolate), and I thought, since it's garbage now anyway, that I could rip out that heat-sensing touchpad thingy (cause that still works) and see if I can use it for other "stuff" (doubtful but hey, why not, right?). does anyone have any tips or whatever that could help me out?, since I'm no Tony Stark and I don't have a clever AI to tell me what's what. Thanks anyway. C-4

Topic by cerdjee4    |  last reply


Laptop Stuff

Just wanted to know how difficult it will be to replace a laptop/net-book keyboard and touch-pad with a custom built one and also hoe hard it will be to build said custom laptop & keyboard?

Topic by wii maniac    |  last reply


USB Keyboard with touchpad from old laptop

Hi. I think you got the idea from the title. I have an old Dell Lattitude D531 laptop which has a bad graphics board. I'd like to know if there is a way to create an autonomous keyboard with touchpad from the old laptop and connect to my new laptop which I use on a stand. While you're at it, why not create a computer monitor from the LCD screen in the old laptop too? Thanks, Paulo

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How can i turn off part of my touch-pad? Answered

I got a new laptop recently and it has a touch-pad where the buttons are also responsive to touching. Can I disable the part where the buttons are? I have an Asus, don't know the model but could find it if needed. Thanks.

Question by Arduino Guy    |  last reply


DIY Drum Pad that Controls MIDI Device (Korg nanopad)

Hi all, I'm working on a project which involves a pipe like structure with something like a DIY electronic drum pad on top. (like a stand alone drum) When the pad is hit it, triggers a key on a MIDI device such as the KORG nanopad http://korg.com/Product.aspx?pd=415 under the actual drum itself. This nanopad acts as a remote control for tracks created using music software on my laptop. So when the pad is hit, it starts a track. Problem is, I have no idea how I will make the connection from the pad to the MIDI device. I was thinking about using a Peizo signal but am lost as to how to wire it up or if thats possible. If I use this instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/Electronic-Drum-Pad/ should I be able to simply solder the Peizo wires into the nano keypad relatively easily?  Long shot but if anyone has even the slightest idea what I'm getting at here, any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Topic by Bass Cadet  


Any cures for a jumpy laptop touchpad (HP easynote)? Answered

When I'm using the laptop, there's an issue with the touchpad for the mouse, it quite often goes absolutely mental at my touch, I've tried cleaning it, washing my hands... I can't find any correlation with the problem, it'll work fine for hours and then it'll suddenly decide I can't do anything sensibly... It's an HP easynote TJ68, however my brother's Hp, not the same model but very similar has zero issues... So not sure what the score is at all... 

Question by killerjackalope    |  last reply


Electronic Circuit Design Help Needed?

I have an HP WebOS TouchPad and the Power adapter has died. I do not want to buy the same changer since it's the 3rd one that has stopped working. Would anyone design the power adapter electronic circuit for me? Also note that if I try any other changer that might have a lower amperage it will not change. AKA I get a screen that says, "use the correct changer outside the OS" Any help would be greatly appreciated. Power Adapter Wall AC to USB power adapter, which has input specifications of 100–240 Volt 50–60 Hz 0.4 Amp AC, and output specifications of 5.3 Volt 2.0 Amp DC. It is cylindrical roughly the size of a "D" battery with a foldable 2-prong AC connector and a Standard-A USB socket. Battery The TouchPad uses a rechargeable 6000 or 6300 mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery rated at 3,7 V (total 22,2 Wh). More info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP_TouchPad

Question by nfarrow    |  last reply


How to operate the Iphone's touchscreen with gloves on.

Now that it's 20 degrees Fahrenheit outside, I normally wear some thick gloves to keep my hands warm. But whenever I need to use my Iphone, I need to slip them off to operate the touchscreen. I heard that the Iphone touchscreen recognizes the electrical resistance of the skin to measure where you're touching it, but I don't know if this is true. I was wondering if there was any method to perhaps simulate the resistance of my skin on the fingertips of my gloves using some substance. The problem is, I don't what to use. Also, if what I heard was wrong, I would appreciate any other suggestions on how to use the touchscreen without taking my gloves off.

Topic by hydrnium.h2    |  last reply


All in One Keyboard ? Answered

Is it possible to combine all these features in one unit.  i)    Keyboard,  ii)    Touchpad/Trackball,  iii)    FingerPrint Reader,  iv)    Microphone,  v)    Speaker,  vi)    Card Reader,  vii)    IR,BT(optional).

Question by FAisalShafi    |  last reply


Wanted: Controller for Linear Acuator

Basically, I need a dial that would command this linear actuator https://www.servocity.com/sda24-263 to advance in one inch increments on either a dial or a touchpad or a slider. EvanBrenner@gmail.com or 917 414 5472 Thanks! Evan

Topic by EvanB65    |  last reply


How can i find pins of an unknown ic ? with or without an oscilloscope Answered

I've found a touchpad (model 810511-0901)  that i would like to use with my arduino , but i can't find the datasheet of the ic . i've googled for a guide that explain how to sniff the data pins but nope :(

Question by bengusx    |  last reply


Ms paint first time drawing

I thought i'd post this drawing of a gun i did a while back on ms paint. It was done with a touchpad on my laptop. If i ever do something like this again i will be using a mouse. Feedback please

Topic by Alistair69    |  last reply


My clicker doesn't click anymore?

My ibook's clicker stopped working about 30 min ago for no reason. I don't think I noticed it doing anything weird before but I could be wrong as I usually "tap" my touchpad to click on something. I restarted it thinking that the hardware just glitched it self (don't play with your touchpad when you turn your mac on, doesn't do wonderful things) After realising that I hadn't gone into the root account since my reinstall to enable touch click system wide, I had a good time trying to log in once I was at the login screen (you'd think pushing enter would select your account but apparently not). Any ideas or is ma clicker all clicked out?

Topic by Punkguyta  


Create your own Lemur or Dexter, multi-touch control surface.

Id like to produce my own Lemur multitouch pad, that allows me to uses Jazzmutants software to make my own setups. a lemur touchpad is $4000, surly you can produce your own?http://www.jazzmutant.com

Question by bmjones    |  last reply


Let's help this little 13yr old girl I know??

This little girl didn't get a computer for christmas like she was supposed to! Anyway I have a perfectly good in working condition Toshiba L305d s5900 older laptop with Win. 7 on it that i'd like to give her. But it needs some minor help and I'd like to fix it up a little but I don't have alot of funds at the moment. (or I'd just just go and buy her a Wal-mart special myself because she is poor and wouldn't know the difference anyway) , Where is the best place online to go to buy replacement parts for an old Toshiba laptop like this i.e....a new touchpad, new keyboard, power supply and battery? If it is at all possible I'd like to get a pink keyboard and touchpad to girly it up some??? Please any and all help would be appreciated much. This is for real and I'm in a hurry. Thanks

Question by mel5656    |  last reply


I want to make a backpack

I have an old army jacket that doesn't fit me anymore, and i think it would be cool to turn into a backpack, i did the Tim Anderson and Star waterproof test on it and barely any air gets through, i also have an old backpack with broken straps i can use, what do you guys think? Any ideas are appreciated. BTW, my touchpad went out on my laptop today.

Topic by Yerboogieman    |  last reply


Laptop Style Keyboard to Use with Desktop Computer

How hard would it be to remove the monitor from an old laptop and configure the keyboard to be used with a desktop computer?I am a touchpad user. I recently purchased a all in one computer. Now I am having to use a mouse. I love the computer but my arm makes it very difficult to use the mouse. I just knew there was something like this out there that I could purchase but I cannot find one anywhere. Any suggestions would be great.

Question by terdallaujar    |  last reply


Wired to wireless keybord conversion

Hello, It happens to have a wireless mini keyboard with touchpad, like the one in the photo ( not this model, but something like this). The problem is that I did a terible mistake and I bent it a litle (some milimeters) and after that it keeps sending repeated characters. I do no think I can fix it. I like to convert and keep alive old things so I had the idea to use the RF modules of the keyboard and make an old PS2 or USB keybord wireless. Do you think that there may be a chance I could do it? Hope you will come with some ideas

Topic by dentalan    |  last reply


How to make a "Timed" LED Color Sequencer ?

I would like a "timed" LED Color Sequencer. So instead of a board that flips between leds or strobes I want it to stay in a color for a couple of minutes. Ex: green for 3mins, then fade to red for 3mins, then fade to blue for 3mins then fade back to green.. Time as 3mins is just a example but must be for a longer period then just a fade and longer then just a couple of sec. It must be driven with small batteries, must be driven on its own so no interference of people as a touchpad to switch/fade.How would one do such a idea, do I need to have a microproc or can I skip that ?

Question by captm99    |  last reply


automatic sliding door

Hi,  I ve been looking all over (www), and I can't find any useful tips, tuts, ... about modding an existing sliding door into an automated one.  This without ordering a ready-made system, which costs many $$$$. I 've had this idea for a while already, and I admit seeing https://www.instructables.com/id/Air-Powered-Star-Trek-Style-Door/ brought the brain to bubble again.. If anyone has some experience with this or can share some interesting links ? (re-use an old engine from something..., controls.., touchpad/sensor, ...) would be great. thx D

Topic by dimicool    |  last reply


Seeking someone to hire for a project

Hi, I'm not sure if it's appropriate to post this inquiry on instructables but I thought I'd give it a try. Basically, I need a dial that would command this linear actuator https://www.servocity.com/sda24-263 to advance in one inch increments on either a dial or a touchpad or a slider. I'm not an engineer and I don't really have time to build this myself - would anyone be interested in doing this for a fee? If it would help in assessing the project, I now this controller would work https://www.servocity.com/digital-manual-speed-controller However, I need the dial or touch pad to allow for discrete steps and not be sort of vague. Any help would be much appreciated. I'm just not sure where else to turn. Thanks, Evan

Topic by EvanB65  


is it possible to connect a rotary encoder to a USB A input?

Hello everyone, i've been using a laptop for a long time now and my laptop uses a touchpad scrollwheel. as we all probably know: they s*ck. lately i found instruction on how to make a desktop scrollwheel (https://www.instructables.com/id/Desktop_Scroll_Wheel_and_Volume_Control/), but is was very unclear and very large. ik started thinking of making one myself. smaller than the one they build. i would make it out of a tictac barrel and an old rotary encoder from an even older mouse. i want to use USB A input becouse that's easy to use and it's on (almost) every computer. is there any way to connect the A,B,C pins of the rotary encoder to the pins of a USB A input? p.s. i know, my english s*cks

Question by tommiesmee    |  last reply


DRIVEWAY OBSERVATION & SIGNAL plus GATE OPENER

We have a hidden driveway into our rental property, blocked by a large electronic gate.  Need something to detect a vehicle in the drive (either a motion sensor or a touchpad type thing?) that will make, for example, a doorbell ring in the house, and a viewing camera that can handle tropical rains, that will show up on something like a baby monitor inside the home.  The gate has two remotes, rather cumbersome and easily misplaced.  We would prefer to keep these in the two vehicles and have a button or three in the house and garage, to enable us to activate the gate opening without having to go get the remote from the car.  I would like some ideas, plans etc as although I have some electronics knowledge I need someone who has perhaps already built something like this. Any ideas, anyone?

Topic by Island-itis    |  last reply


I am looking for a Solar charger?

Okay so yes i have looked online for something but... im not the best at knowing what features is best i have about $60 so im looking for something $60 or less, i seen some on a site but now that i have the money.. it's not there anymore (which sucks) - I need something to charge devices fast - hold a charge for a long time - charge up from the sun fast enough - NOT a charger that charges by USB but a charges by.. Solar energy (obviously) - and need it to be able to charge multiple types of devices like a... PSP, touchpads, smart phones, etc... if it can only charge 1 thing at a time then thats fine too, if it can charge more than 1 at a time.. even better, color obviously does not matter so does anybody know of any like this? if you can help, thank you

Question by saiyankev    |  last reply


Can Autosave be disabled while editing?

Can autosave be turned off in the editor?  I'd rather not have anything be "published" as I'm still typing and editing.  I think it's better to hit the "save" button when I'm done. Another reason I have this suggestion/complaint: I'd noticed that some of my recent edits have been mysteriously  reverting back to old versions and couldn't figure out why this was happening.  I've come to the conclusion that by accident (maybe due to inadvertent swipe of the touchpad or mouse, my browser went back a page in history, so it brought up my previous version of a page I was editing.  The frequent auto-save saved this previous edition of my page, wiping out all my edits! This is obviously really annoying, and could be resolved if the editor didn't autosave and just saved when we tell it to. Also, what's the difference between save and publish?  I understand the difference when you've never published a instructable yet, but once you've published it once, you never have to publish again do you?

Topic by thrashercharged    |  last reply


Reuse Fingerprint Scanner from Lenovo W510 Laptop

I have a Fingerprint reader from a Lenovo W510.  The model number of the circuit board is 48.4CU13.011, which seems to be shared by both my Lenovo and another Fujitsu laptop.  The fingerprint reader is a spare part, and I thought it could be cool if I could hook it up to a PC by USB.  When connected to the laptop in question, it shows up as a USB device: UPEK Touchstrip TCRD4C - USB ID 147e:2016 The chip is connected by an 8 pin ribbon cable to a larger ribbon cable which also connects to the touchpad.  Looking at the board under a magnifying glass, it looks like there may only be 4 of 8 pins connected to the ribbon cable connector.  The chip on the circuit board appears to be a TCD50 fingerprint reader controller, made by UPEK or possibly Authentec (did Authentic take over UPEK?) I was hoping someone might have some experience wiring this board up to USB, or could point me in the right direction to figure out what pins go where.  I looked for datasheets, schematics, and pinouts without success, but I don't have much experience searching for this type of stuff.  I'm pretty handy with a soldering iron, so I feel confident that if I knew which pins went where, I could get a cable hooked up. 

Topic by Jozer99    |  last reply


DIY Light pen- how tosend absolute position & pressure to PC/software? Answered

I'm planning on converting an old CRT monitor to use a light pen. I have the hardware side of things largely figured out, so I can get an absolute position of the pen on the screen and a pressure value, but I don't know the best way to go about getting those values into the PC or software. Ideally, I'd like to use R-S232 or PS/2 to connect to the PC, in both of which the cursor could be homed by the hardware and then moved to an absolute position by keeping track of the relative positions sent, all using the standard drivers, albeit without a pressure input. However, I have found this specification for synaptics touchpads, which provides information on using their driver to send more data (including pressure) over the PS/2 or serial connection, but I can't tell if the absolute mode is intended to work as I want it to, or if is simply to catch and correct any bad position reports. I also doubt this pressure input will be recognised or used by any software. The only alternative I can see is USB, which looks horrible to try and implement, and still doesn't look as though it will support a pressure input with the standard drivers. Ideally I'd like to try to emulate one of wacoms touchscreens, as this would allow me to use their drivers, allowing it to be compatible with most software, though so far I have been unable to find any information on this, and don't expect that I will be able to get it without borrowing a tablet and watching the communications with the PC. Which interface would be best, and does anyone have any suggestions regarding drivers? Thanks in advance for any help.

Question by The Skinnerz    |  last reply


(newsletter) Inverted Bookshelf, Vortex Cannon, Face-Casting...

Oct 2, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back!Enter your food hack into the Hungry Scientist Contest and win your choice of a Kitchen Aid mixer, a super nice knife set, or a Le Creuset Enamel Cast Iron Cook Set. Help us with your answers for our Burning Questions and win a cool prize pack!The Forbes Fabergé-Style Egg Contest still needs your eggs! Take an egg (real or fake) and decorate it inside and out in homage to the classic Faberge style. You can win a Sonos music system, and get your egg featured in the Forbes Galleries in New York City!Live near San Francisco or planning a trip? Stop by for one of our build nights and make something cool in our office! October 2: Intro to Chainmail; October 23: Halloween open build night.Upcoming...The DIY Halloween Contest officially launches tomorrow! Enter your costumes, decorations, gizmos, food, and jack-o-lanterns to win some awesome prizes! It's our biggest and best Halloween contest ever! Transmuted Victorian Journal by jktechwriter How to Make Vortex Cannons by Kipkay V10 Vertical Axis wind Turbine by faroun How to Pan For Gold by mdavis19 Vote for your favorites now! Show us your eggs! Make Limoncello by tellumo Sew Your Own Pajama Pants by compwalla Bush Knife with Wood Handle by 42ndOddity Portable Bike Trailer Solar Generator  by veggiecycle Book Binding: BSG Edition by gmjhowe Cast a Face in Plaster by rachel Make Butter by lbailey825 How to Throw a Punch by Isshinryu 10 ways to turn your home into a haunted destination Share your best food hacks! Make "Butterzopf" or Challah by t.rohner Knit Touchpad by Plusea Concrete Lamp by hands_on Inverted Bookshelf by fungus amungus Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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Viking Catapult, Engagement Ring, Collapsible Utensils...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Mar. 20, 2008 Welcome back! Enter the new T-shirt Hacks speed contest! Show us an awesome way to reuse a t-shirt, and win some sweet prizes. The winners for theToss It! paper airplane speed contest are up. See which planes won the Air Instructables Pilot's License. Check out these cool instructables! How to Make a Desktop Viking Catapult Get ready for some serious cubicle warfare with this small-scale adaptation of the classic Viking Catapult. Wargame included. posted by Kiteman on Mar 19, 2008 Create embroidered patches from digital images Follow these simple steps and reproduce digital art in embroidery. posted by bekathwia on Mar 16, 2007 Make a Platinum Diamond engagement ring A professional jeweler provides tips on making your own custom engagement ring using the lost wax technique. posted by chrisparry on Mar 18, 2008 DIY Vintage Jeans... Coffee Style Add a nice light brown vintage look to your jeans with some coffee grounds and just a little bit of time. posted by threadbanger on May 7, 2007 Get Over a Barbed Wire Fence If you ever need to get over a barbed wire fence, these tips will help you from shredding yourself in the process. posted by Tetranitrate on Mar 14, 2008 Twin jet paper airplane Stuck with just a couple pieces of paper and want something to do? This stylish plane is easy to put together and flies fast. posted by neelandan on Mar 9, 2008 Give your old shirt a new life! Pocket-Sized Speed Contest What do you do for your pet? Simple Metallic Laptop Stand The laptop stands keep on coming! This one keeps your laptop cool for under $10 and even matches the look of a MacBook Pro. posted by chris99 on Mar 17, 2008 Pocket sized collapsible eating utensils. Put these mini-utensils in your pocket and simply pull them out to regular size (or super size!) when you need them. posted by Gunk on Floor on Mar 19, 2008 8x4=2 (2 Tables from 1 sheet of plywood) With a simple template you can get two tables from a single sheet of plywood. Use a jigsaw or a waterjet if you have access to one. posted by barnabygunning on Mar 18, 2008 Self watering recycled plant pot for growing herbs and flowers Reuse plastic bottles and enjoy a laid-back way of growing your plants. posted by iPodGuy on Mar 18, 2008 Steampunk Finger Stylus Make a funky stylus for your finger and navigate those touchpads like a pro. posted by robbtoberfest on Mar 16, 2008 Digital 3D Picture Viewer - "The DigiStereopticon" Update an old-timey gimmick with a new one to make photos fun again. posted by JayDub on Mar 17, 2008 Get Your Eggs Ready! Easter is just a few days away so check out these colorful egg Instructables! Hard Boiled Dragon Eggs Dyed Inside! Rattlesnake Onion Skinned   Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric

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Acer laptop, what mother board does it use?

 I have a acer aspire 5542, And would like to know the mother broad it uses Thanks for your help Brand Acer Model Aspire 5542 Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit Processor / Graphics AMD Athlon II Dual-Core M300 2.00 GHz ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series Memory 4 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 SDRAM 667 MHz Hard drive SATA 500 GB HDD 5400 rpm Display / Resolution 15.6-inch HD 1366×76 resolution high brightness Acer CineCrystal TFT LCD, 16:9 aspect ratio, 8 ms response time, 60% color gamut Removable Storage 8X DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive Wireless Support Atheros AR5B93 Wireless Network Adapter 802.11 n, b, g Communications Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet, HDAUDIO Soft Fax Modem with SmartCP, Acer Video Conferencing with Integrated Acer Crystal Eye Webcamer featuring 640×480 resolution, Bluetooth 2.1 Input Devices Full-size keyboard including number pad, Synaptics touchpad with Multi-Gesture support Power 6-cell Li-ion with up to 3 hours of battery life Accessories Extra battery, external USB floppy, extra AC adapter Security software/features Acer Backup Manager1, Acer Bio-Protection1, Acer eRecovery Management, McAfee® Internet Security Suite 2009 Trial, MyWinLocker®, Nortonâ„¢ Online Backup Other Software Acer Arcadeâ„¢ Deluxe featuring Acer CinemaVisionâ„¢ and Acer ClearVisionâ„¢ technologies, Acer Crystal Eye, Acer GridVistaâ„¢, Acer Launch Manager, Adobe® Flash® Player, Adobe® Reader®, EarthLink®1, eSobiâ„¢, Google Toolbarâ„¢, Microsoft® Works with Office Home and Student 2007 Trial, NetZero®, NTI Media Makerâ„¢, Oberon GameZone, WildTangent® Memory card reader Media Card Reader supporting SD, MMC, RS-MMC, MS, MS Pro, xD Accessible memory slots 2 slots Maximum Memory Expansion Up to 4 GB Ports Headphone/speaker/line-out jack with S/PDIF support, Microphone-in jack, Line-In jack, Ethernet (RJ-45) port, Modem (RJ-11) port, DC-in jack for AC adapter Additional Ports None Audio Dolby®-optimized surround sound system with two built-in stereo speakers, Optimized 3rd Generation Dolby Home Theater® audio enhancement, featuring Dolby® Digital Live, Dolby® Pro Logic® IIx, Dolby® Headphone, Dolby® Natural Bass, Dolby® Sound Space Expander, Dolby® Audio Optimization, Dolby® High Frequency Enhancer technologies10, True 5.1-channel surround sound output High-definition audio support S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface)11 support for digital speakers, MS-Sound compatible Built-in microphone ENERGY STAR Qualified Energy Star 5.0 Weight 6.16 lbs (2.8 kg) with battery Dimension 15.1 x 9.9 x 1.03 to 1.5 inches, 383 x 250 x 26 to 37 mm Thinness 1.03 to 15 inches, 26 to 37 mm Network Card Broadcom NetLink Gigabit Ethernet, HDAUDIO Soft Fax Modem with SmartCP PC Card Slot None Webcam Acer Crystal Eye Webcamera featuring 640×480 resolution Multimedia and Entertainment Acer Arcadeâ„¢ Deluxe featuring Acer CinemaVisionâ„¢ and Acer ClearVisionâ„¢ technologies, Acer Crystal Eye, Adobe® Flash® Player, NTI Media Makerâ„¢, Oberon GameZone, WildTangent® Warranty Limited 1-year and 90 day warranty options available depending on country, 1-year limited warranty on primary battery. Optional HP Care Pack Services extended warranty

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Oculus GO - The little sideloading guide

It seems making an Instructable these days requires lots of pictures, detailed steps and tons of instructions.So before I try to paste my attempt here, I will point something out for the support team:1. There is little point in including pictures of a VR headset or how to plug a USB cable in. Same for images showing a DOS window and the command typed in it - they are the same as in the instructions...2. With little to no option to create an Instructable that requires actual code usage and properly embedded picture, let alone good editing options: How do you suggest one would accomplish this taks?3. With no category to post such Instrucables it is my personal opinion that these catergories need quite some updates! They are still the same as years ago despite life evolving around it...If you just went into the mobile VR world then you might feel a bit restricted compared to what you know from your smartphone.Over the months firmware updates provided us with some much needed things but a bit is still left out. In this Ible I will try to show way to get a bit more out of your GO. Be aware that a lot of it still requires a bit of manual work and a computer.If you are just curious then please read on and you might still find something interesting that you did not know yet.Getting started...One thing we certainly need is a way to access the GO and to install additional apps on it that are not available in the store.For this we need to activate the developer options. Unlike your normal Android device this step works only from the device you paired with your GO. Go into the settings and there look for the developer mode. Once you try to activate it Oculus requires you to sign up for a developer account. All this of course needs to be confirmed through Email activation, you know just to make it complicated and get more info about you ;) From there it is straight forward and like on any Android. Activate USB debugging, pair with your computer by USB cable and on the GO authorise the connection. Please also tick the box to make this permanent as otherwise you will be prompted every time. In case you are not so familiar with this just Google how to use ADB on Android - it is simple. I will add the required files and drivers in a later step dedicated to it.If you need more help getting the right options done or where to find them, please consider the great help for this offered on the Oculus developer sites. It makes sense to spent some time there as you find a lot of good info that might come in handy once you really want to get serious.ADB - A must have...You will find the drivers and all, as said, a bit later. ADB is the Android Debug Bridge. It allows us to get access to the (user)available file systems, do some basic tests and if supported even flash a firmware or make a backup.If you already used ADB for another Android device then you will only need the drivers for the GO. Otherwise you need to set up the enviroment for the Debug Bridge first. In the downloads will be a simple installer for this purpose. It is vital that you authorise your computer on the GO, best to tick the box to make it permanent.If you open a command prompt where you have ADB installed you can do some simple tests. Setting all required paths and system variables in Windows would allow you to access ADB functions from any folder on your computer. The later might be easier if you do not want to copy all related files into your ADB folder. Makes no real difference though and is up to your preferences.The command ADB devices should show you now that your GO is connected by listing it. If nothing shows up then please check the USB debugging option is set in the developer options. A reboot might help too in some cases. With this sorted we are good to go, almost at least...How to install "unknown" apps?As you might have noticed there is no playstore and all available stuff in the official store is VR based.Getting some essential apps on it seems to be impossible.Again the help offered by Oculus in the developer sections is a vital source, so please don't be afraid to read there ;) There are two basic ways of doing things on a device with so many restrictions.1. Just use ADB install packetname Where packetname is the filename for the app in question, for example Netflix.apk. With all apps you need in one place this is quickly done.2. Use a dedicated app installer or manager for the job. I will include one that actually works with the downloads. Same fore more detailed instructions.The thing is though that only apps designed and signed for VR will show up in your normal launcher. All other (supported) Android apps will show up in "unknown sources" in your library. Apps not supported for this purpose won't show anywhere! For them you need a dedicated launcher, which will be placed in the "unknown sources" section ;)Why do I spoon feed you here you might wonder? To be honest: If you already read some terms and basics it will be much easier to remember. Repetition is the key ;) I see little point in providing a simple to follow list of intructions as a week later you would struggle to do it again without the list in front of you.Our first unknown apps!Deciding what you might need in apps is one thing, knowing in what order you can safe hours of your life is another. I simply don't think you want to juggle with ADB whenever you want a new app that is not available in the official store. So for starters we will need something that is able to install apps for us. And since we can't use it without something to find and start it we also need an app starter. Basically like HALauncher for Android TV.The detailed instructions for this can be found with the downloads. First the app starter is installed, it will provide us with a living room like view onto a big screen. On the screen you will find all apps that are otherwise invisible to you. Some might tempt you to try them out - just don't! Unless you really know what you are doing you have a good chance to do something bad. Use the apps you know and the apps you added but none of the tempting system apps you might see.The APK installer will show up there too and is used to make installing apps a bit easier. You can copy them now onto your GO's internal storage and use the app installer to install them - how easy is that? Another option I included is the Aurora store - a fork of the YALP store and able to work without any playstore requirements. Downside is that the VR controllers are not fully supported yet as it is more aimed at TV sets. A BT touchpad works though if the controller or a gamepad fail. I only included Aurora as it could be a nice alternative one day with full VR support. Just search or browse for all the apps available in the playstore and install what you like. Be aware though that not everything will work with the remote. Some games and apps can be operated with a game controller though.It is getting nicer already ;)By now you might have already installed some things as you just could not wait to skip to the downloads.Well, can't really blame you, can I?Anyways, we now have the option to install more apps that we know from our non-VR Android devices. Oculus might make it harder in the future though - or they see it the same way and offer ready to go options one day. Till then it is up to you....Youtube VR might be nice but it is also still quite buggy and lacks some basic features. So getting a modded Youtube app could be a way out if you need comments for example. Kodi is still a must have for many Android users, especially the sport nuts with us. A filemanager is also something most Android users value. I will include some but again it comes down to what YOU prefer here. And with a basic way to install apps now you can also remove them again if you decide they don't work as expected.Get a bit used to the app launcher and how to install apps. Sideloading is fine for those used to it but some might prefer to just copy some apps on the GO and them use the installer with the remote. In the near future we will get support for external sorage, so using a USB stick or SD card in a reader will make the USB cable obsolete for file transfers. Some headsets already support it, so chances are by the time you read this yours will too. Although it still is a good way to keep your GO charged while copying big files ;)Precautions and Words of WisdomIt all sound nice and easy now but there are dangers you need to be aware of! Installing apps or games that are not fully designed for the GO or VR use can mean crashes. A lot will work but that does not mean it will keep doing so. A firmware update could one day end the support for sideloaded apps that are "non-VR". Especially messing with the app launcher can mean sudden disaster. Things you normally can not see are often hidden from you for a good reason. I will take no responsiblity for problems you caused by misusing system apps !Console emulators are a lot of fun and there are ways to even stream them from your PC in reasonable quality on a low end computer. But these and some demanding games also cause a lot of CPU usage. As the system is not optimised for 2D content it can mean that your battery runs out faster. In some cases you might not see the warning to charge, so be aware of time when immersing yourself.Stay away from any app or game that requires playstore components! Play Games for leaderboards might be no issue, especially if you don't need this feature. Online gaming like multiplayer actions will not work if it requires Google services for it! Similar story for hardware you don't have. If it is only designed for touchscreens than it might not work with the remote. And if it does not support gampads either... Apps that only support the wrong display orientation are a no go too.What Non-VR Stuff Actually Works on the GO?A lot and it will be possible to do even more. There are already streaming options for your own videos like Skybox, Moonplayer and they all support DLNA servers too. So watching normal, 3D or VR movies from a media server is no problem at all already. Getting games to work is another story all up. ALVR is a good platform to stream VR games from your PC to the GO. Unlike the Rift you won't even need an overpowered gaming PC for it. Virtual Desktop is a paid app but well worth the money if the support and features keep going as they do right now. With it you can use your computer or laptop from the GO. Watch movies, surf the net, play games. The GO more or less becomes a normal Windows computer only that you have the screen right in front of you.It will certainly be possible to code a simple VR app that works as a shortcut for non-VR apps. Like how right now you get the pic and description for a VR exerience and a button that starts the stream in the player. Downside is the requirement to certify such an "app" to make it visible in the normal launcher.Downloads and Instructions....Finally you get to the point where you can actually download something :)To make it all a bit easier and to ensure I won't miss a vital bit I did a factory reset on my GO to start from scratch :(Things might change in the future, so I will include the instructions as texfiles with the download.If I see a real requirement for screenshots I will include them with corresponding filenames.I think this way it is easier than scrolling through an Instructable as you can just print it all directly.Those without an account (yet) might value this too.Based on the feedback, questions and general comments I will change the contents of the download accordingly.Same for download links to avoid bloating up the download with outdated files.Easier for you (if you read this a few months from now) to download the newest files directly from the source.So don't be too disappointed if the download seems to contain less than what you expected.What seems to be missing will have links in the instructions.No files will come from unverified or unsecure sources!Whatever I include in the downloads directly will be checked for malware of all kinds.The same standards are true for the sources I provide.So no clickbait, ad sponsored re-directors or such crap.Please read the detailed instructions carefully, then read them again while actuall following the steps on your GO or computer.Do not blindly read it and jump onto doing it the first read!For ADB commands just copy and paste them - I might write some batch files though, so check for them in the instructions and make use of them.Things might not work out as planned, so if in doubt double check all the steps taken.What is in the provided instructions is tested on my GO's and works on the firmware version current of this writing.Download the guide and files from FilefactoryIn case the PDF in the download is not detailed enough, just ask in the comments ;)

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