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Old 10 May 2014, 16:06   #1
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Is Retro-bit adapter Mac compatible?


I’ve been eyeing up the Retro-bit USB to Atari controller adapter for use with FS-UAE and other emulators I have. Thing is, they do not specifically say it’s Mac compatible. Plus a few Google searches are inconclusive and suggest there might be a few issues with OS X.

Does anyone have one? Does it work on OS X Mavericks? Fully? Both ports? Any tricky configuration with FS-UAE required?

Also, how does the Genesis/Megadrive version differ? Does that work with Atari-like joysticks too? If so, would that be better?

So many questions for a first posting.

Old 01 March 2015, 03:44   #2
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I know this reply is very late, but I thought it might be useful in case anyone else found it in a Google search.

Anyway, I have the RetroBit USB adapter connected to an Atari CX-40 joystick. The adapter only works for joysticks. It doesn't work for paddles or other non-joystick devices.

I had initial problems getting it to work in FS-UAE until I found this link:

On that site, someone did the research to determine that you needed to create a custom controller file and save it in the Controllers directory.

Here is the configuration file needed for the RetroBit adapter:

# ATARI Controller USB

name = ATARI Controller USB
type = unspecified

axis_0_neg = left
axis_0_pos = right
axis_2_neg = up
axis_2_pos = down
button_0 = 1
button_1 = 1
button_2 = 1

Once I set this up, I had no problems using my CX-40 joystick in FS-UAE.

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