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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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leillo1975 5 years 16 August 2019 at 10:01 pm UTC
There was a project, ff-memless-next, to add this effects to the driver on G29, G27 or DFGT. In this Project was involved Simon Wood, the same person that include the ffb support for logitech wheels in kernel, and one of the original devs of the Simracing Open Source game Speed Dreams . This Project seems to be neglected unfortunately :
https://lkml.org/lkml/2014/4/26/115
I hope in a close future someone will retake it and finish this work.

I don't know if this project by Edwin is the same project or another different thing:

https://github.com/edwin-v/linux-hid-lg4ff-next


Last edited by leillo1975 on 16 August 2019 at 10:09 pm UTC
Luke_Nukem 9 November 2019 at 9:54 pm UTC
EhvisETS2 and ATS are the only games I know that use the predefined effects of the force feedback system (spring, damper, inertia, friction and periodic effects). All other games calculate everything themselves and only use constant force effects. The logitech wheels (except G920) support spring and damper in hardware, but this is not implemented in the official Linux driver. The G920 supports all effects in hardware and all are available in the driver. There are no other (currently sold) wheels with a force feedback driver although it appears that Feral managed to make support for others on their own. Technically there is no reason why that stuff can't be implemented in user space.

I came here via link in a search I did while looking for reasons why G920 FFB stopped working.
There was a regression in the 5.1 to 5.3 kernel series, which requires a patch set. The 5.4 kernel includes the required fixes and the G920 works very well.
slaapliedje 10 November 2019 at 7:23 pm UTC
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Ha, I think it was the 5.3 kernel that had a regression for my Thinkpad's trackpoint/touchpad as well. I think they had tweaked a lot of input code.
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