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Fanatec HeadShot Controller

Former staff writer    -   April 29, 2007


Installation:

To install this setup onto your PC, you plug the appropriate cable into a USB slot on your computer while it is powered down. After you start your computer up, Windows should recognize it as a HID (Human Interface Device), and start installing its generic drivers so that you are able to use the mouse.


 


After this process has completed and you have restarted your computer, you can then confirm its installation by looking in “Device Manager” on your computer. My method of getting to “Device Manager” is to right-click on “My Computer” and then selecting “Manage” from the pop-up window. Of course, if you are not using Windows XP, this will not work for you.


With this completed, we can now install the drivers from the CD that came with this package. Speaking of CD, I was amused to find that this CD which can normally hold 650 MB of data, has only the one file on it which is only around 1.5 MB in size and not a user manual with it. I found this rather disturbing. Myself, I much prefer to have a text file at the least, or better yet an Adobe Acrobat file that I could open and read in case I was not clear on something. They had all that room on the CD, surely a text file of directions would have fit! The user manual I did receive was not in the package itself, but on a separate CD and 7.70 MB in size (yes, it would have fit). You can also download the user manual from their website.

I think they are really trying too hard with this Germaneering thing. I mean, the user manual is a totally interactive interface which works extremely well, looks very nice, and is useful. What don’t I like? The darn thing maximizes itself on your screen without an option to minimize at all so you cannot refer to it as you are actually working with the drivers to set up your mouse buttons and other things unless you alt-tab back and forth. That, to me, is not very good engineering.

With the CD in and the drivers installing, you will be greeted with the normal windows installation screens guiding you along the way and at one point warning you that it is possible to make macros to delete data and format drives since it will emulate ANY mouse key or combination of keys. It would be wise to be careful.

This software even checks for updates by itself, so in my case, it went through the install process twice.

 


Configuration:

Now that the drivers are in, we can check the mouse properties and see that a separate tab has been added. At the top of the tab there is a drop-down box where you can select from three different choices, which are: LEDs and Resolution, Macro settings, and Edit profiles.


LEDs and Resolution:

One of those choices is to control how you want the LEDs to appear in color, intensity and pulsating or not. You can even have more than one color led on at a time on the pad itself. The mouse and mouse pad are separately adjustable. You can set these to whatever color scheme suites your fancy. These LEDs serve another function other than for looks, such as when making macros, the LEDs will flash or switch on or off depending on what you are doing at the time. Also on this tab, you can adjust the resolution from 400 dpi all the way to 4000 dpi. It is also adjustable on-the-fly, even while gaming by using the buttons on the mouse. Then, below this, you can adjust the sensitivity of the joystick emulation. In order to use the mouse as a joystick, you press the Ctrl key on your keyboard and the mouse button number five.


Macro settings:

This is split up into two sections: Recording, and Button Mapping. Under Recording you can adjust the loop click time as well as the double click and parallel click speed.

  • The loop click time determines how long a correspondently bound macro key has to be pressed in order to trigger a loop macro.
  • The double click speed determines the maximum time span between two key strokes of a correspondently bound macro key in order to trigger a double click macro.
  • The parallel click speed determines how long the mouse buttons 1 and 2 have to be held down before letting go one of them in order to trigger a parallel click macro (if correspondently bound).

Button Mapping

In this section, buttons three to nine as well as the mouse wheel (in certain Windows functions) can be mapped. Either select the button of your choice in the list, or click on it in the image on the right. You can then select the function you would like mapped to that particular button.


Edit profiles:

Profiles are created once you map buttons to functions or keys or combinations or them. Say, for instance, you were playing a game and bound button three to throwing a grenade. Now, every time you launch this game, the correct profile will be loaded for that game so your key bind will always work. In the edit profiles section here, well, you guessed it, didn’t you? Yes, you can edit those profiles. You can also back them up, delete them, restore a profile, and even export them.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration:
  3. Specifications & Testing:
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