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Don't get frustrated by the lack of official support from Logitech for their steering wheels on Linux, reclaim your hardware with these two handy open source tools.

The first, is pyLinuxWheel (GPL). This supports Driving Force Pro, Driving Force GT, G25, G27 and the G29.

A few days ago, pyLinuxWheel had a brand new 0.4 release adding support for alternate modes, a Spanish translation and Driving Force Pro Logitech wheel support.

pyLinuxWheel can be grabbed from the AppImage on the GitLab releases page or itch.io.

If you don't get along with pyLinuxWheel, there's also Oversteer (GPL). This should work with Driving Force/Formula EX, Driving Force Pro, Driving Force GT, Momo Force, Momo Racing Force, Speed Force Wireless, G25, G27, G29 and the G920.

Also seeing a fresh release recently, Oversteer 0.2.3 added a fix for setting the range not working when emulation mode was also being changed.

Oversteer is available for Arch/Manjaro on the AUR or from GitHub.

Both of these support a number of useful features like setting the range you can rotate the wheel, alternate modes like setting the G29 to look and act like a G27, combining pedals and more. They are quite similar, however Oversteer does have a profile saving and loading feature to get quick access to settings you might want stored for specific games.

I'm certainly finding them handy since I own a G29 which really does make racing games much more interesting. In my own testing, both work really well! I haven't actually had an issue with either of them and I'm a little torn on which one to keep so I have them both. Would be interesting to see them combine their efforts though to progress further, as they're both doing almost the same thing.

Really great to see more like this, hopefully these applications will help more of you enjoy your hardware on Linux enabling you to easily change some settings and get driving.

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Patola 14 August 2019 at 12:23 pm UTC
I also use pyLinuxWheel although I had to make a quick change so that it could work from its own directory and not need to be installed. I have a G29 and my wife has a G27 and they work OK in Linux but from what I see the force feedback in the kernel as it is now is incomplete, so that for it to work properly in Euro Truck Simulator you need an external library (.so) and vibration does not work. I also use the force feedback in proton on City Car Driving but it sometimes works and sometimes don't. Any one else would like to tell their experience with logitech wheels on Linux?
M@GOid 14 August 2019 at 12:31 pm UTC
One thing that really piss me off to no end is the gearing noise and micro-vibration of Logitech wheels. Is very distracting and not realistic at all (I work with cars, the only ones doing that are the defective ones). The gears mechanism is cheaper to make, that is why is used.

I heard that the belt mechanism used in more high end wheels from Thrustmaster, Fanatech and others are quieter and smoother, but unfortunately I didn't have the chance to test one to see it for myself.
leillo1975 14 August 2019 at 12:37 pm UTC
Is good to see these Open Source projects progress. As a racing-sim games fan, I appreciate a lot this two applications, and I use it often. I would like to thank to @OdinTdh and @berarma for their efforts.
Cheers!!!


Last edited by leillo1975 at 14 August 2019 at 12:53 pm UTC
Ehvis 14 August 2019 at 12:56 pm UTC
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M@GOidOne thing that really piss me off to no end is the gearing noise and micro-vibration of Logitech wheels. Is very distracting and not realistic at all (I work with cars, the only ones doing that are the defective ones). The gears mechanism is cheaper to make, that is why is used.

I heard that the belt mechanism used in more high end wheels from Thrustmaster, Fanatech and others are quieter and smoother, but unfortunately I didn't have the chance to test one to see it for myself.

It's all about money. Logitech wheels (even the G29 and G920) are at the lower end of the spectrum. If you want higher quality, you need to be willing to pay a lot more. Thrustmaster is supposedly a bit better at somewhat higher price.Fanatec is the way to go if you want something higher quality, but I think pay about three times the price.
Dunc 14 August 2019 at 1:25 pm UTC
M@GOidOne thing that really piss me off to no end is the gearing noise and micro-vibration of Logitech wheels.
Heh. The only force-feedback wheel I've ever used was in the arcades, years ago. So long ago I don't actually remember what the game was, but it was obviously pretty early because I got the impression that the activation was digital, either on or off. And it both felt and sounded - above all the racket of an arcade, remember - like someone jamming a crowbar into the mechanism. Turn a corner, and... CLUNK! FOOOORCE-FEEEEEDBAAAAAACK!

Horrible. I wonder if that experience is what's put me off buying a modern wheel (which I'm sure would be much better).
Frawo 14 August 2019 at 1:52 pm UTC
PatolaAny one else would like to tell their experience with logitech wheels on Linux?

I got a G920 today and I'm surprised that it works out of the box in ETS 2, including force feedback. Steam does not detect the wheel as a controller, but so ETS 2 does. Unfortunately, as Steam is not detecting it (maybe some settings are wrong), I had to map everything on my own and could not use a controller profile like with my XBox One controller.

Havn't had the time to test other Games, but I'm really pleased how well it works in ETS 2!
shawnsterp 14 August 2019 at 1:54 pm UTC
So I see a Driving Force GT for a decent price used. I'm not really a racing fanatic, but it seems like this could be cool, and I do have a few racing sims that I could dust off. Are these things worth it? Do they work well with steam? Do they work well with steam LINK?
iwantlinuxgames 14 August 2019 at 2:03 pm UTC
shawnsterpSo I see a Driving Force GT for a decent price used. I'm not really a racing fanatic, but it seems like this could be cool, and I do have a few racing sims that I could dust off. Are these things worth it? Do they work well with steam? Do they work well with steam LINK?

i have a Logitech g29....it works great with dirt rally and dirt 4 through steam. with proton games it seems to be rather hit and miss, depending on the game and the developer. it also works well in games runnimg under wine-staging, but again is hit and miss depending on the game and developer.
leillo1975 14 August 2019 at 2:13 pm UTC
Frawo
PatolaAny one else would like to tell their experience with logitech wheels on Linux?

I got a G920 today and I'm surprised that it works out of the box in ETS 2, including force feedback. Steam does not detect the wheel as a controller, but so ETS 2 does. Unfortunately, as Steam is not detecting it (maybe some settings are wrong), I had to map everything on my own and could not use a controller profile like with my XBox One controller.

Havn't had the time to test other Games, but I'm really pleased how well it works in ETS 2!

G920 works out of the box with ETS2, for DFGT, G27 or G29 don't work if you don't use a plugin.
https://forum.scssoft.com/viewtopic.php?f=109&t=249622
Frawo 14 August 2019 at 2:15 pm UTC
M@GOidI heard that the belt mechanism used in more high end wheels from Thrustmaster, Fanatech and others are quieter and smoother, but unfortunately I didn't have the chance to test one to see it for myself.

I have heard about that, too. Before I bought the G920, I was in contact with the thrustmaster support, but they don't have any plans to support linux anytime soon. As far as I know, the wheels will work in some games as a standard controller, but no force feedback. So I bought the G920.
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