Monday, October 24, 2016

Installing PIUIO Drivers for Windows

If you're building an MK6/MK9 for Pump It Up, or, OpenITG for In The Groove, or, simply a Stepmania setup... You may have opted for using a PIUIO to communicate with your arcade cabinet. If running a distribution of Linux, then installing PIUIO is a very simple task. However, if your are running Windows, you will need to build the driver yourself using Libusb.

Installing PIUIO on Windows
1. Download libusb-win32 here: libusb-win32 is a port of the USB library libusb-0.1 ( for 32/64bit Windows (2k, XP, 2003, Vista, Win7, 2008; 98SE/ME for v0.1.12.2). The library allows user space applications to access many USB device on Windows.

2. Unzip libusb-win32 and run inf-wizard.exe (This will build a Windows driver for PIUIO).

3. Connect your PIUIO to your computer via USB (The fake PCI slot on the PIUIO is merely to sit it in a desktop computer properly, it does not communicate with a PC via PCI in any way at all.). To power the PIUIO, it will need power via Molex cable. If using a laptop, then you can use an old PC ATX power supply to power the PIUIO board via the molex connector. You will need to jump a couple of pins in the ATX connector to start the power supply once it's plugged in (This acts like a power switch on a desktop computer to start the power supply! More info:

4. Hit next in inf-wizard.exe. Within the list, you are looking for a USB device called EZ-USB FX2... This is the PIUIO! Select it in the list, then hit next twice. We can now build a windows driver! Choose where you want to save the driver to (The driver is an INF file).

5. You can then install the PIUIO driver via inf-wizard.exe on the last screen, or, within Device Manager.

Getting PIUIO to detect within Stepmania 5 or OpenITG
Click here to learn how to use PIUIO with Stepmania 5 / OpenITG.

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