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Old 21 April 2010, 02:29   #1
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Auto Mouse/Joystick switcher - Help!

Hey all,

I found a link to a file on Aminet called mswitch.lha, which contained some docs and a schematic for building your own Auto mouse/joystick switcher. Now, I'm fairly comfortable using a soldering iron and messing about with electronics, (to a point!), but I'm finding this diagram a bit confusing:





If anyone has actually built one of these, any chance of a more step-by-step guide? As another option, has anyone built a manual mouse/joystick switcher, and if so, do you have any instructions/guides etc?

Any help would be appreciated!
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We have our new Automatic Mouse/Joystick switchers now available here:

http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/...roducts_id=961
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hehehe, that was fast! Thanks for that - I still may look at that option, as they're a very reasonable price, but this is the "Hardware Mods" thread, and sometimes half the fun is trying to build something yourself...
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What aspect do you find confusing?
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What aspect do you find confusing?
Well, I can see where most things go in the diagram, and what should be soldered to what etc, but what about all the +5v and ground connections - I 'm not sure what to do with those - do you solder them so all +5v connect together, same with ground etc? Also, top left of diagram it shows a capacitor with ground one side and +5v the other, but I don't get whwre this is, as the parts list shows only 1 capacitor of this type, but where in the circuit does it go?

I guess if someone has done this, and could just "expand" the instructions a bit, that'd be awesome. If they've got some pics, even better! Otherwise, like I said, I'd be happy with a "manual" switch option too if someone has some schematics/instructions...
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We can supply it in pieces if you wish ;-)
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We can supply it in pieces if you wish ;-)
Haha!! Sorry couldn't resist, that is priceless.

Btw, I never even knew such a device existed, that is pretty cool. I may have to get one, if I do it'll be a complete one tho.
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We can supply it in pieces if you wish ;-)
LOL, great answer!


...now, anyone with some constructive ideas/instructions/hints?
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Well, I can see where most things go in the diagram, and what should be soldered to what etc, but what about all the +5v and ground connections - I 'm not sure what to do with those - do you solder them so all +5v connect together, same with ground etc? Also, top left of diagram it shows a capacitor with ground one side and +5v the other, but I don't get whwre this is, as the parts list shows only 1 capacitor of this type, but where in the circuit does it go?

I guess if someone has done this, and could just "expand" the instructions a bit, that'd be awesome. If they've got some pics, even better! Otherwise, like I said, I'd be happy with a "manual" switch option too if someone has some schematics/instructions...
All +5V connections are joined together, all ground connections are connected together. The capacitor is being used as a charge accumulator / steadying device for the circuit, so that any sudden spikes of power the circuit draws are muted.

http://www.noahjames.com/C-D/ELECTRON/LESPAUL.JPG a common ground is represented by the green line, if that helps?

@Matthew or FOL, Your answer was gold, made me laugh plenty!
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