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Linux User: BETAFPV LiteRadio 2 SE

Nick Shades

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Hello Everyone,
As the Title states, I am a Linux User.
I recently purchased the BETAFPV LiteRadio 2 SE, because, well. It was recommended to me.
I purchased it, solely to run Liftoff as the Drone Simulator of choice, but I wouldn't mind any simulator for that matter, as long as it works out of install with the BETAFPV LiteRadio 2 SE.
HOWEVER,
I have encountered a plethora of problems in just trying to get this LiteRadio 2 SE to detect.
These are the things I have done that while getting in deep, realize inconsistencies:
Try OpenTX
I download the OpenTX for linux, and attempt to pull up the LiteRadio in OpenTX, but then learn half-way through that OpenTX is NOT designed to work on the LiteRadio 2 SE, and even if it could, I cannot seem to download the new version of the .bin file in order to update the program within Linux. WHy is this? Is this just something which I should not pursue because the LiteRadio 2 SE is supposed to interface only with BETAFPV Configurator?
Try BETAFPV Configurator
Well, I cannot seem to find a compiled version of BETAFPV Configurator. I can find BetaFLIGHT Configurator, but it seems as though this is not the program which I am supposed to use in order for the LiteRadio 2 SE in order to be detected within my Linux System. Before going down the road of compiling BetaFPV configurator, whose SOURCE CODE is available in a tarball, I don't want to do this if It turns out it is another poor path to pursue. IS BETA FPV Configurator the program which I truly need to use out of all of these? And if so, is a Linux compiled version available somewhere? I can't seem to find it through the apt-get searches.
Try BETAFLIGHT Configurator
I'm not sure if this is a suggestion that individuals have made not realizing that they mean BETAFPV Configurator, but supposedly, the aforementioned BETAFLIGHT Configurator has a tab within it that allows me to select the LiteRadio 2 SE directly, not needing BETAFLIGHT Configurator.

If I run Liftoff and go to calibration screen, it simply states that the remote is not detected, and I need to try a different method (paraphrase) to detect it.
Liftoff Documentation is old. THey state, back in 2017, that an old version is necessary in order to detect on Linux; is this still the case? Has there not been a hotfix to the lack of detection?

If I run lsusb, I can see the remote detected as STMicroelectronics LED badge -- mini LED display -- 11x44.
Is this a good sign? Can I use this to point myself in the right direction to finally running this in a sim?

I bought this Radio ONLY to play the drone simulators, and I truly want it only for this. If I can bind it to my drone, then that will be a bonus, as I willl be using the two identically in a beneficial manner, but if this radio is just not designed for linux, I would like to return it now, and just double down and get something more serious like the RadioMaster 16.

Your counsel is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 

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Ask the person who recommended it to you since if they did they should know what they're talking about? :D

For the Literadio 2 they made a firmware based on OpenTX code but it never was an officially supported OpenTX radio because they were never interested in making contact with the OpenTX team so it always needed their own tools.
For the SE it seems they wrote their own firmware.

Looks like there are multiple versions of the Literadio 2 SE, FrSky and ELRS and they're different in compatibility with the FrSky one not even supporting their configurator.

The manuals for the radio suggest both versions should be discovered as a USB joystick without specific configuration by just being plugged in when on though.
 

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Ask the person who recommended it to you since if they did they should know what they're talking about? :D
Definitely not a bad idea... i suppose in hypothesis. I should have disclosed a little better that I was watching a number of youtube videos which all recommended the BetaFPV LiteRadio 2 as the best Sim controller, and I didn't realize that there was something truly different between the SE and the LiteRadio 2 besides that it could run multiprotocol; i didn't realize it was completely rebuilt from the hardware inside running the thing up.

It is just that weird thing about drones that on the surface of the marketing materials, everything looks great, and seems to check out even better than the videos you (I) watch, and then lo and behold, what I purchase is actually very different than the recommended kit I was watching.

I am probably going to return this and try to get the non SE, because I had always intended on just using it as the Sim controller, and my ambitions and BetaFPVs marketing materials duped me into getting the wrong thing for a poor reason.

So, was this the direct product that was recommended to me? Nope... no it wasn't... I got the wrong thing, essentially... because... WHy should the new version not work.

Because this is drone technology we are talking about.

I might just dual boot my system with windows, even though I loathe it.
 

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I would recommend an RM Zorro, Jumper T-Lite or other fully supported OpenTX radio just so you get a "known quantity".

But as mentioned it seems the LiteRadio 2 SE (all versions) should just work as controller input without any setup required so if it doesn't work it might not even be due to the radio but something weird with the sim/linux.
 
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I don't have a LiteRadio 2 SE, but I have the LiteRadio 2 and it works fine as a sim controller in DRL, Curry Kitten, and FPV.SkyDive. It's not opentx compatible so it is strictly plug and play. No setup required, in fact not possible.
 

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