Is an AMIGA MOUSE compatible with MSX mouse?

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By giuseve

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27-08-2014, 19:02

I remember that in the 80s I used to go to my friend's house to play Microprose soccer on the Amiga with my MSX Joy, because it was completely compatible. So, what about mouse? Adaptors and mice for MSX are a little bit expensive than the one for Amiga.

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By Marq

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27-08-2014, 20:31

No.

By hit9918

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27-08-2014, 20:37

I think the Amiga mouse would need special software but would work without adapter.
If the MSX mouse is a rarity, the Amiga mouse should be considered. Can bios mouse call be patched?

By jltursan

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27-08-2014, 20:37

Not Amiga; but IIRC, FM-Towns mouse is MSX compatible.

By yzi

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27-08-2014, 21:13

FM-Towns mouse? Now that's a cheap common one, easy to find in Europe! Wink LOL

By the way, as far as I know, it's dangerous to use an MSX joystick in an Amiga, because if you press the second fire button (Amiga only has one), it will cause a short-circuit on the Amiga and could damage the computer.

By Marq

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27-08-2014, 21:24

Bas apparently still sells MSX mice pretty cheap, if you want a real one:
http://www.bas-ditta.info/verkoopenlinks/hardware%20engels.htm

Then again, those pages haven't been updated in ages, so hard to say about the real situation.

By AxelStone

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27-08-2014, 21:34

Another option is to by a PS/2 to MSX mouse adaptor. I've one and is a great piece of hardware.

By Grauw

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27-08-2014, 21:43

By bore

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27-08-2014, 21:53

yzi wrote:

By the way, as far as I know, it's dangerous to use an MSX joystick in an Amiga, because if you press the second fire button (Amiga only has one), it will cause a short-circuit on the Amiga and could damage the computer.

It should be noted that this works both ways. The Amiga have 5V on pin 7 while the MSX has it on pin 5.
So if you connect an Amiga mouse to the MSX and push right mouse button you short circuit the MSX 5V and if you connect an MSX joystick to the Amiga and push the second button you do the same there.

The Amiga joystick ports supports up to 3 buttons without trickery (The Amiga CD32 pads uses the button signals as a serial shift register and can virtually transfer any amount of buttons but the pads only have 7.)

By Marq

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27-08-2014, 21:56

MSXs take that short circuit better at least Smile An A500 will probably resign at that point.

By jltursan

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27-08-2014, 22:37

Quote:

FM-Towns mouse? Now that's a cheap common one, easy to find in Europe! Wink LOL

Hehe, just in case he already has a Towns Wink

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