MSX Joypads for < $5 USD including shipping!

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By NYYRIKKI

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20-01-2010, 23:38

Ok, bad news... this is DIY

1. Order joypad(s) from here: ($4.55 USD including shipping world wide ~ 3.5 EUR)
https://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.30530

Here is picture of the device:

msx.fi/temp/joypad/1.jpg

2. Open the 5 screws behind the device (very small Phillips screws)

msx.fi/temp/joypad/2.jpg

Inside the device there is 9 wires connected to circuit board These wires connect to DB9F connector in following order: (from pin 1 to 9) Red, White, Brown, Yellow, Blue, Black, Grey, Orange, Green.

msx.fi/temp/joypad/3.jpg

I'm going to call these soldering pads with numbers 1-9 from left to right (When you look ship side so that the texts are right way around and pads away from you) The colors from left to right are: Gray, Blue, Brown, Yellow, Black, Green, Red, White, Orange.

3. Disconnect grey (pad 1), green (pad 6) and orange (pad 9) wires

msx.fi/temp/joypad/4.jpg

4. Connect gray wire to pad 6

5. Connect green wire to pad 9

6. Cut the orange wire so that it can't contact anything

7. Use the cutted part of orange wire to connect pads 1 & 2 together

Result should look something like this:

msx.fi/temp/joypad/5.jpg

8. Put the device back together (Look that the joystick cable goes right way... one side is round, other side is not)

Ta-daa!

Now button "B" is MSX button "A" and button "C" is MSX button "B" (Other extra buttons are not in use)

~NYYRIKKI

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By Huey

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21-01-2010, 00:41

Cool. How does it handle/react playing games?

By NYYRIKKI

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21-01-2010, 01:32

Well... could be worse, could be better... I would rate this "ok" Feels cheap compared to modern gamepads but compared to native MSX-controllers this is good... Actually this feels kind of native MSX-controller just because of this...

Here is picture of 6-button mod:

msx.fi/temp/joypad/6.jpg

A=B
B=A
C=B
X=A
Y=B
Z=A

By NYYRIKKI

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21-01-2010, 10:17

^
6-button mod: Connect even and odd lines together with each other as in picture. (3 + 3 solder points)

By konamiman

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21-01-2010, 11:50

Now do the same with a Telemach-like joystick and you will be my hero! Smile

By NYYRIKKI

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21-01-2010, 12:16

Here are a bit better pictures about the 6-button mod:

msx.fi/temp/joypad/7.jpg

msx.fi/temp/joypad/8.jpg

By NYYRIKKI

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21-01-2010, 12:33

Now do the same with a Telemach-like joystick and you will be my hero! Smile

I don't think Telemach has any electronics inside, so it is just matter of connecting the wires. (Look MSX FAQ for pin descriptions) This was not quite so obvious because of the custom chip, so I decited to make instructions. I think moving 2-3 wires in Telemach is also enough.

By konamiman

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21-01-2010, 13:13

I don't think Telemach has any electronics inside, so it is just matter of connecting the wires.
I meant adapting modern Telemach-like controllers to be used on MSX. Indeed the original Telemach was very easy to adapt for other systems, I remember the bundled instruction manual itself detailing how to do it for various systems (for MSX it worked out of the box, anyway).

By SLotman

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21-01-2010, 16:52

How big this controller actually is? I thought about getting one, but in the screens on DX it looked so small...

LOL, just bought one, alongside with a USB floppy drive... let's see how long will it take to arrive Smile

By NYYRIKKI

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21-01-2010, 17:19

14cm * 6cm * 3cm

By SLotman

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21-01-2010, 17:30

thanks!

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