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Old 14 June 2004, 06:25   #1
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The ultimate cd32 Joystick...

Well, my cd32 joypad broke on me (no suprise there!), so I decided to take it apart to fix it. Then it struck me, why just fix a problem when it'll keep happening over and over again? So I decided to completely rebuild the cd32 pad into a nice arcade style joystick.

I bought a replacement joystick at a local spare parts store for about $12 (never liked gamepads anyways). It's manufactured by Happ. Right now, I have to order the push buttons and build a box, so this is a work in progress. I'll try to keep things updated here though.

The pictures are of the cable, the circuit board, and the joystick.
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Old 14 June 2004, 07:11   #2
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Good luck with this.
I would like to make the same with a Sega 6 button pad or something! I mean, hacking a SEGA pad with a CD32 board or something.
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Old 14 June 2004, 15:09   #3
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Sounds difficult, Akira... Different shape, not a lot of room.
You'd probably need to custom design a PCB that was the same shape/layout as the Sega, but the same circuit as the CD32...
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Old 14 June 2004, 21:07   #4
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Hmmm not a bad idea, my mate..... How hard can that be?
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Old 15 June 2004, 04:07   #5
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Don't know... if you're into that sort of thing, maybe not hard.
But definitely harder than just putting the old PCB in a new (big) box

which is what I'm planning to do... sacrifice a couple of USB pads, & probably build a couple CD32 controller circuits from AmiNet schematics, & put in this box:

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Old 15 June 2004, 04:52   #6
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And how about making an USB controller adapter for Amiga? Someone was making one I think, or something.
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Old 16 June 2004, 05:32   #7
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I was asking how hard this would be a while ago... I found (somewhere) a HID-compliant USB host chip, and was suggesting a hub-style box for inputs, with cables going out to Amiga joystick/mouse & keyboard ports.
I think it's beyond my abilities personally, but might look into it more someday... after everything else...

There are general-purpose USB cards for big-box Amigas, & I think an A1200 trapdoor one?
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Old 16 June 2004, 05:51   #8
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I think they are PCI/Zorro, to be used with for example, mediator boards.

Someone should start producing REAL, complete, compatible amigas for reasonable prices soon!
 
Old 16 June 2004, 05:52   #9
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I think it would be much easier getting one of these working on the keyboard port than on the mouse port.
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Old 16 June 2004, 06:20   #10
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There is a Clockport USB interface, but that was not my idea, since you would have to write drivers or other shit to support it in legacy games.

Somebody made a PSX adapter, I;d like to try that.
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Old 16 June 2004, 19:39   #11
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If you want a PSX connector cheap you can get the PSX to Megadrive/Genesis convertor from LikSang. Now this will not work directly with the Amiga. You will need to swap some lines on the cable I think. There was a thread about this on the forum at Amiga.org and the guy had a PSX joypad up and running after some tinkering with it.

Perhaps a little OFB but check it out anyway, http://www.gamesx.com/controldata/usbsatpad/
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Old 17 June 2004, 03:19   #12
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ooh, impressive!

Unfortunately CD32 pads are more complicated (in number of components anyway) than USB (2 chips, several resistors & capacitors)
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Old 17 June 2004, 03:26   #13
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I found this info somewhere........does anyof it save you even making a joypad ?????


[---- Controllers ----------------------------------------------------------]


Q: What's the Competition Pro joypad like?

A: It's completely compatible with the C= CD32 joypad.

Some good things said about it are that it's shaped like a Megadrive
joypad, the diagonals are easier to get to, it feels less delicate, it
has turbo and auto fires, and it has a slow motion button.

Some bad things said about it are that it's shaped like a Megadrive
joypad and the diagonals are more difficult to get to.

Obviously a bit subjective.


Q: Is it possible to plug other types of controller into the controller
port?

A: Yes, but you'll lose access to most CD32 joypad buttons.
------------------------------------------------------------------

Dunno if its any use at all but its interesting ????
I used a competition pro joystick on the Amiga......did they make a joypad or am i totally on the wrong track ????
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Old 17 June 2004, 04:33   #14
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Yes, Competition Pro make a pad for CD32 (the only 3rd party one I know of - also known as Honey Bee).
They have them on www.liksang.com but were out of stock last time I checked.

The second Q just means you can plug a standard Amiga stick in, but you only get the one button function, not 7 like the CD32. You can also use some Sega pads (SMS only?) and get 2-3 buttons.
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Does anyone have a picture of a logo for the CD32? I'm looking for something with a black background so I can make a sticker for the joystick. Something that says Amiga CD32.

I've found a few pictures with a google image search, but nothing beyond the simple logo (which I will go with if nothing else turns up). I was thinking of using the boot screen picture, but I don't know if I could get it sized right (the sticker will be roughly diamond shaped), plus the colors seem a bit off (mainly red). I was wondering if anyone on here had something that maybe they would like to contribute?
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I've only seen the simple "AMIGA CD≥≤" on black (like on the CD cases etc)
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Does anyone have a picture of a logo for the CD32? I'm looking for something with a black background so I can make a sticker for the joystick. Something that says Amiga CD32.

I've found a few pictures with a google image search, but nothing beyond the simple logo (which I will go with if nothing else turns up). I was thinking of using the boot screen picture, but I don't know if I could get it sized right (the sticker will be roughly diamond shaped), plus the colors seem a bit off (mainly red). I was wondering if anyone on here had something that maybe they would like to contribute?

I slapped these together for ya.......Any good ?????




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Old 18 June 2004, 13:23   #18
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If you want a PSX connector cheap you can get the PSX to Megadrive/Genesis convertor from LikSang. Now this will not work directly with the Amiga. You will need to swap some lines on the cable I think. There was a thread about this on the forum at Amiga.org and the guy had a PSX joypad up and running after some tinkering with it.

Perhaps a little OFB but check it out anyway, http://www.gamesx.com/controldata/usbsatpad/
That is very cool, I wonder if I can convert the analogue saturn pad in the same way?
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Old 18 June 2004, 22:08   #19
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I slapped these together for ya.......Any good ?????
Those are great!
Thanks!

I'll make the sticker and post of pic of what the joystick looks like once it's on there.
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I'll make the sticker and post of pic of what the joystick looks like once it's on there.
Be careful, with such a lo res of these pics they probably end up looking like shit. Ask Synchro for higher quality files, I bet he has them since he made them?
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