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Old 01 March 2012, 16:40   #1
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Lightbulb PS1 Gamepad to Amiga Mod

While getting an Amiga 600 up and running, I found I didnt have any joystick.

So after looking into it, I can mod the inside of the original grey Playstation pad and fit a 9 pin D Sub connector for the Amiga.

Basically hardwiring directly to the buttons, bypassing the controller chip in the pad.

Playstation pads are well made and are cheap to get secondhand, from boot sales etc as there were lots made.

I am currently making it up and wondered if anyone wants pics of the solder points and pinout etc

It should be a cheap way of getting a nice gamepad for the Amiga.

Basically you need a PS1 Pad, Solder and Iron and a 9 pin Female D Socket that cost about £1-£2 depending where you buy them from.
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Old 01 March 2012, 16:49   #2
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Why would you do that when you can get a PS/Amiga joystick adapter?
http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?...a+ps2+joystick
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Old 01 March 2012, 17:30   #3
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I would be interested in seeing your pictures - I wouldn't mind having a go myself, although I am totally useless with a soldering iron so a sort of idiots guide would be welcome... I have a few old PS1 pads gathering dust - be great to adapt one for my A1200.
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Old 01 March 2012, 17:45   #4
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Lightbulb Playstation to Amiga Gamepad

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Why would you do that when you can get a PS/Amiga joystick adapter?
http://eab.abime.net/showthread.php?...a+ps2+joystick
Well that adapter requires a etched PCB so would have to be purchased I imagine it would cost well over £20 + postage from Canada.

Also if you read until the end of the thread, its no longer available for sale.

This method will cost me nothing, I already have the pad, solder and d connectors.

And also anyone else who has old PSX pad can convert it for only a couple of pounds.
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Old 01 March 2012, 18:24   #5
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Hmm you may have a point there. I wasn't knowing these are not produced anymore.
I would be more interested, however, in you converting a CD32 pad in this way. Otherwise it's a waste of buttons.

I still don't like PSX pads, I prefer a Sega controller any day.
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Old 01 March 2012, 21:26   #6
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Hmm you may have a point there. I wasn't knowing these are not produced anymore.
I would be more interested, however, in you converting a CD32 pad in this way. Otherwise it's a waste of buttons.

I still don't like PSX pads, I prefer a Sega controller any day.
Dont CD32 pads work on Amiga's the or just not all buttons?
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Old 01 March 2012, 21:57   #7
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CD32 pads are expensive as hell. Ridiculously so.
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Old 01 March 2012, 23:46   #8
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Lightbulb PSX to Amiga Wiring Diagram



* PLEASE NOTE I HAVE NOT HAD CHANCE TO TEST IT YET
ALSO BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THE CONNECTIONS AS IT COULD DAMAGE YOUR AMIGA IF WIRED INCORRECTLY - HOPE ITS USEFUL
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Old 01 March 2012, 23:53   #9
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Thumbs up PSX to Amiga Pad Info

Firstly I removed the psx lead completeley as it has horrible wiring that is very brittle and difficult to solder.

I replaced it with some Cat5 network cable.

I removed the small square chip from the gamepad PCB and cleaned off some of the pads in case it caused a short circuit.

To get to the traces on the PCB you need to gently scratch off the green coating using a razorblade or craft knife and then wipe with a damp cloth to get the dust off the tracks.

I drilled a small hole right where the I removed the small chip from, this made it easy to put the wires through.

I checked the pinouts and they look correct, but as mentioned I havent tested it yet.

I made the Playstation X Button as Fire, its the 4th thin trace down from the top of the board.

Setup as a standard Amiga joystick you will get UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT and FIRE - all the other buttons on the pad wont work

The Ground connection is the middle pin of a component that is soldered on to the board.

The direction pads are black coloured and again will need the coating to be gently scratched off using a razor blade.

*IF YOU ARE NOT CONFIDENT PLEASE DO BE CAREFUL AS I DONT WANT ANYONE FRYING THERE AMIGA IF THEY GET THE WIRING WRONG

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Old 02 March 2012, 00:06   #11
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man one of the most fun things about this community is the crazy hardware hacking lulz
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Old 02 March 2012, 00:10   #12
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Lightbulb Back Wiring of Pad



Please excuse my messy soldering

Make sure you route the cable round the screw mouldings like this, it stops you pulling on the wiring connections.

I also put bits of insulation tape over each one to stop them shorting!
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Old 02 March 2012, 00:23   #13
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Lightbulb CD32 Pad Info

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man one of the most fun things about this community is the crazy hardware hacking lulz
I had a look but it would not be possible without making a PCB with a number of chips as the CD32 pads are controlled by these.

http://gerdkautzmann.de/cd32gamepad/cd32gamepad.html

My PSX2Amiga is just using simple on or off switching, no chips needed.

Although somebody with enough knowledge could make board to do it.
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Old 02 March 2012, 00:50   #14
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Yeah I understand now after seeing the pics.
Someone should definitely do a converter. i'd love a Sega 6 button to CD32, personally.
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Old 02 March 2012, 17:17   #15
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Exclamation D Connector Problem - Needs Cutting

While all ready to plug in my modded pad noticed that my A600 Joystik port wont fit

Becuase of the metal screw hole pieces either side of the connector, Oh well

I will have to get the Dremel thing out and cut the Metal Piece off to make it work!
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Old 02 March 2012, 18:39   #16
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Nice and simply mod,you have make a Atari style joy, i have make for my ZX many of this with 8 buttons and more.. via keyboard lines (is another story..)
Still work on simplys and the experience coming soon.
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Old 11 March 2012, 05:20   #17
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Looks like a great idea , I think I may do that too.

I would recommend that you get an old Genesis/Megadrive controller and that use wire with molded connector, or sega extension cable. It has all the wires.
I came across the same problem with a DB9 connector and A600.

Also, you can solder to the traces from the IC chip you have removed for a cleaner look. They all should lead to the buttons, just use the volt meter.

Another thing, wire one button to "UP" so you can use it as a "JUMP".

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Old 11 March 2012, 13:55   #18
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this aint too bad to be honest,only one suggestion you could of just wired the cable direct to the pads without having to add extensions to the wires that you will have to insulate before you re-assemble it.


but on the whole it's very cheap and easy.


also you could add a auto fire to it with a ne555 on another button,maybe
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