USB NES controller for PC on BlueMSX

By JohanMSX

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18-08-2016, 21:00

Hi all, I bought this NES controller for PC and got it running in BlueMSX

http://www.ebay.com/itm/252124599905?_trksid=p2057872.m2749....

Works great and much better gaming experience than the PC keyboard!

I ordered another one, so it should be possible to do 2 player games with 2 controllers.

But now my question. Did somebody already try to open these things up and solder a 9 pin sub d connector to it, so you can use your original MSX joysticks???

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By tvalenca

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18-08-2016, 21:11

It will not work. NES Controllers are serial devices, and MSX joysticks aren't compatible. But you can play most emulators using a NES controller through a NES to PC adapter.

By tfh

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18-08-2016, 21:40

JohanMSX wrote:

Hi all, I bought this NES controller for PC and got it running in BlueMSX

http://www.ebay.com/itm/252124599905?_trksid=p2057872.m2749....

Works great and much better gaming experience than the PC keyboard!

I ordered another one, so it should be possible to do 2 player games with 2 controllers.

But now my question. Did somebody already try to open these things up and solder a 9 pin sub d connector to it, so you can use your original MSX joysticks???

Did you need to adjust anything, or just plug it into the USB and it works?

By JohanMSX

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18-08-2016, 22:22

I reinstalled BlueMSX from zip file (not in the Program Files directory though). Started it, so I had the bluemsx.ini file.
And first set joystick.POV0isAxes to ''yes'', but later back to ''no'' in bluemsx.ini
So I don't know if the steps above are necessary (I could not get it running at first).

Next configure the controller (Tools --> Input Controller) as described on bluemsx.com http://msxblue.com/manual/controlsjoystick.htm

Johan

By gdx

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20-08-2016, 15:08

JohanMSX wrote:

But now my question. Did somebody already try to open these things up and solder a 9 pin sub d connector to it, so you can use your original MSX joysticks???

I think it's possible if you cut some traces and solder the wires directly close to button traces. It's rare that it's not possible. Even if the traces are sometimes fragile. (You must change the cable because the NES joypad use less wires.)
Otherwise, this joypad is also available for MSX.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MSX-Fm-Towns-X68000-Controller-pad-c...

I have one. It works well.

By JohanMSX

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20-08-2016, 22:52

My goal is to use my MSX Arcade joysticks with BlueMSX (on my Windows Laptop).
The USB PC NES controller opens up easy (3 screws) and the print is mounted with 1 screw.
Looks easy to solder the wires on the print and connect it to a male 9 pin sub d.

I ordered a male 9 pin connector and I will have a try.

By gdx

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21-08-2016, 01:22

Quote:

My goal is to use my MSX Arcade joysticks with BlueMSX (on my Windows Laptop).

In this case, it is not worth damaging your joypad. Look this adapter:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MSX-FM-TOWNS-MARTY-or-X68000-control...

it is really cheap and look well. A male 9 pin connector and a cable will cost you more expensive.

By JohanMSX

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21-08-2016, 07:22

Thanks gdx! I just bought the last one.

By JohanMSX

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22-08-2016, 22:49

I tried the mod anyway

End result:

And with a my Arcade joystick connected. All works like a charm!

Best thing: The joypad I can still use also :)

By hamlet

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22-08-2016, 22:59

Good thing.

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