From: Eugen Leitl (
Date: Fri Dec 09 2005 - 03:26:35 CST

On Thu, Dec 08, 2005 at 04:39:36PM -0600, John Stone wrote:

> The older serial spaceballs do indeed require a power supply unless
> they are one of the special models that were directly attached to an
> SGI machine. Most of the typical Spaceball 2003 models have an extra
> power supply that connects by a Y-split serial+power cable that gives
> a special mini-DIN connector at the Spaceball end, and DB9 serial and a
> separate power connector at the host machine end.

Thanks much. The older units look more ergonomic, anyway.
> I can't comment on the new 3Dconnexion devices other than to tell you that
> these new ones won't work with the Spaceball code I've written for the
> various Unix platforms, but the Windows version of VMD should support them
> just fine to my knowledge. (different code in VMD for Windows and Unix..)

Hopefully, USB 6DOF devices will be supported on Linux as well at some
point. The serial ports are increasingly considered legacy these days.

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