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  • camille
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    Thank you David, I confirm low batteries cause the issues you have reported.
    I have updated my previous answer to reflect that.

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  • _dB
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    It appears that it was the batteries. I was getting a 90% charge report with the old ones, and since the button was functioning fine I didn't suspect them at all. Thank you for all the help.

    David

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  • camille
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    Hi David,

    I asked this question because I haven't myself used my balance board for a few month.

    After I first replied to your message, I tried to connect my balance board to see if I can do something about the driver. What happened is that I had the exact same problem as you described, that is, the board connects ok but the only data I receive is the battery level and button A status.

    I initially thought that there was a problem with Mountain Lion, but was surprised as I already tested OSCulator, the balance board and Mountain Lion successfully.

    I found of the batteries was very discharged (I use rechargeable batteries) so I replaced all the batteries before trying again. Even though OSCulator was reporting 100% charge, the board seemed in fact malfunctioning because of a dead battery so I advise you to test the batteries individually and make sure they are operating at the required voltage (> 1.3 V).


    Best,
    Cam
    Last edited by camille; 10-09-2013, 11:06 PM.

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  • _dB
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    Hi Camille,

    Sorry for the delay. I hadn't noticed the reply.

    The board was being used regularly; it stopped working after switching to a Mountain Lion machine.

    David.

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  • camille
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    Hi David,

    A quick question:
    Have you been using the board regularly or have you started using it again after a long period without using it?


    Best,
    Camille

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  • camille
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    Hi David!

    Lion and Mountain Lion have changed some aspects of the bluetooth stack. Because the exacts technical specs of the Balance Board are unknown, I have not been able to implement robust support for every version of the board and operating systems.

    Just a quick reminder (for other readers as it seems you have followed the steps correctly):
    OSCulator 2.12 and higher have a single way to connect a Wiimote or Balance board: you first pair it with the red button, and once it is paired, pressing any button will connect the remote or board to the computer. Which means that the Balance Board is not supposed to be correctly connected when you use the red button, that's for pairing.

    I will do further testing this week and come back to you friday morning, if I find anything. Otherwise, I will ask you to run some tests on your computer so I can understand what's going on.

    Best,
    Cam

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  • _dB
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    I am having this issue as well.

    Wii Balance board + Osculator 2.9 + OSX 10.6 worked fine for years.

    After upgrading to a Mountain Lion 10.8.4 machine, I can pair/connect to the Wii Balance board but I only receive the battery and button data; nothing from the other sensors.

    I've upgraded to the latest Osculator (2.13) and no luck.

    I've tried pairing using the red sync button, then connecting using the front button. I've also tried using the red sync button exclusively. I only ever see /wii/1/battery and /wii/1/button.

    After reading that the initialization might be a bit finicky, I tried pairing/connecting about a dozen times just in case it was a random thing. No luck there either.

    How can I troubleshoot this further?

    Thank you,
    David

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  • Djimusic
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    Still having this issue

    Originally posted by camille View Post
    Hey Greg,

    It's great to hear it is working now!
    I think there is still a small weakness in the initialization code. There has been a previous post about third party Wiimotes sometimes failing to report their accelerometers data. It looks very much like the Balance board problem. I noticed that not all Balance boards were the same, and some were more sensitive to this initialization timing.
    I will soon release an update that I hope will make the connection of third party Wiimotes and balance boards even more robust (a lot of progress has been done in this area during the last year though). Stay tuned.
    Anyway if you notice anything wrong or if you need help, just ask here.

    Best,
    Cam
    I have just emailed you, but this is the exact same issues that I am having now. Can you please look into it and see what I should do to fix it?

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  • camille
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    Hey Greg,

    It's great to hear it is working now!
    I think there is still a small weakness in the initialization code. There has been a previous post about third party Wiimotes sometimes failing to report their accelerometers data. It looks very much like the Balance board problem. I noticed that not all Balance boards were the same, and some were more sensitive to this initialization timing.
    I will soon release an update that I hope will make the connection of third party Wiimotes and balance boards even more robust (a lot of progress has been done in this area during the last year though). Stay tuned.
    Anyway if you notice anything wrong or if you need help, just ask here.

    Best,
    Cam

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  • reverendgreg
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    Camille,
    It is working now, and I'm not sure what changed.
    I did charge the batteries overnight, but I saw no indication last night that the problem was related to battery charge.
    Is there any information I can give you to make this better-documented?
    It is now working every time I push the button on the front of the board - no need to push the red sync button.
    Thank you for a great product! I'll be paying as soon as I'm employed. :-p
    Last edited by reverendgreg; 11-02-2012, 05:24 PM. Reason: More detail to describing a solution.

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  • camille
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    I understand.
    Sorry, I have one more question to ask:
    Are you connecting the Balance Board just by pressing the front button, or are you pairing it every time (that is, you start the pairing process and then press the red sync button on the board every time you want to connect it)?

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  • reverendgreg
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    Osculator 2.12.3
    OS X 10.6.8
    I simply meant that I also am getting no response from the sensors, only the power and sync button.

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  • camille
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    The problem referred to in this thread has been fixed a long time ago.
    What version of OSCulator are you using and what is your OS X version ?

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  • reverendgreg
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    *It's the same issue, I just can't figure out what's wrong.

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  • reverendgreg
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    Same issue as here: http://www.osculator.net/forum/threa...rs-not-working

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