Dougore Sun Young Ahn Contact: In the previous lab tutorail this course you ran pre-prepared experiments. It is also possible to get tuforial free day trial license — see the Presentation web site for information on this. Although it was buggy in the past, it is getting more and more stable, and should present no problems for the current lab. Download dmdx package; create a dmdx folder under Program files, unzip dmdx into this folder; 3.
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No Buttons Polls joystick switches. Switch1 to Switch4 Keyboard Uses the first keyboard like device on the machine in the same way as the Keyboard device but without knowing button names. Note is not a general purpose switch for any DirectInput device and is in fact part of the name of the built in devices keyboard, mouse and joystick.
DirectInput devices come in two flavors, those that are interrupt driven and those that are polled, TimeDX displays which any given device is when asked to test it. Devices that are polled must be polled by the CPU as often as is practicable, in the case of a PIO12 this is not a particularly big overhead, in the case of a generic DirectInput old analog joystick however a single poll takes over a millisecond although see below for modified joysticks , an absolutely enormous and very unfortunate overhead, doubly unfortunate because DMDX currently does not use the data that takes all that time to acquire the axes information , triply unfortunate because a joystick is really easy to modify into a custom arrangement of buttons as opposed to a PIO12 which is a more difficult to obtain and b requires taking the computer apart to install.
The RawJoystick device presents the same load actually less but they are both negligible as far as polling is concerned as the PIO If the display is active while gathering responses then adjusting the CPU "clock on" polling rate up until display errors stop occurring will be required.
The thread that does the polling runs at a higher priority than the retrace sync thread, this means that if it chews too much CPU time the retrace thread can loose sync causing "certain display errors". There are also some interesting options in some of the joystick configuration files to do with allowing interrupts during the polling of the joystick, the exact effect of these remains to be seen. While the millisecond callback of those OSes is marvelously close to millisecond accuracy SDs of 0.
These Q devices actually poll the PIO12 during the call back and then store the time and data in a queue that is then processed by the input thread of the device. Any number of devices can be installed and if none are installed the keyboard is installed by default but only if no other device has been specified, if you want another device and the keyboard you will have to specify both. Originally I chose the string form but this means DMDX has to know button names and after repeated issues with international users having trouble mapping buttons I built the input devices that use the arbitrary integer that hopefully is the same for all space bars and so forth.
The devices button names are nnn.
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