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Onshape 3DConnexion Spacemouse Chromebook Integration?

tucker_thomas029tucker_thomas029 Member Posts: 4 EDU
I'm trying to use my Spacemouse wireless with Onshape on a Chromebook for a school course.  Is there a way for this integration to work?  Chromebook natively supports Spacemouse for their web apps, like Google Earth, but when I try to use it in Onshape, nothing happens.  I have tried to install the 3DX drivers via the Linux command line for Chromebook, but I get various errors, including some directories being missing and not having a program called Red Hat EL 7 (which I tried to install but couldn't).  I have an education subscription to Onshape.  Is there an alternative way to do this? Some menu I'm missing? Thank you for the help.


  • tucker_thomas029tucker_thomas029 Member Posts: 4 EDU
    Upon further experimentation, I was missing several typefonts that were easy to install (and are listed in 3dxWare's info file). RHEL7 is only necessary for automatic startup.  I was able to install the drivers, but the issue comes when I try to start them.  When attempting to start the drivers, I get this error message:

    Error: 3dxsrv.c :: startupCommandLine(), authGetUser(), failed to get user.

    This occurs even when I run the command with administrator permissions (sudo).  I think it may have something to do with Chromebook being unable to detect USB devices through the Linux environment.  Is there any way to fix this?
  • NeilCookeNeilCooke Moderator, Onshape Employees Posts: 4,629
    Have you tried asking 3Dconnexion? Not sure anyone would have tried this here.
    Director, Technical Services, EMEA
  • NewFatMikeNewFatMike Member Posts: 5
    RHEL is Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which is an entire distribution (operating system) unto itself, not a program. I believe ChromeOS is built around Debian, a separate distribution with different structures. I’m out of my wheelhouse, but it may be worth checking with 3DConnexion and maybe some Linux-forward forums like Level 1 Techs if it’s even possible.
  • NewFatMikeNewFatMike Member Posts: 5
    I did some digging because I would actually like to use my new Spacemouse with my Steam Deck, and found open source drivers which ought to be installable on your Chromebook:

    Spacenav web site (sourceforge.net)
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