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Old 26 January 2022, 23:18   #1
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Floppy disk Keyboard being a joystick

Hello Amigans!


I was wondering if anyone could direct me to a utility that converts keyboard signals to joystick signals to allow the arrow keys plus some other key to trick games into thinking those are signals coming from the joystick?


I don't know if such a thing exists but figured it probably does! Any guidance would be appreciated.
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Old 27 January 2022, 19:35   #2
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On real hardware, that's pretty much impossible, since most games completely take over the system. Your "utility" simply wouldn't survive the startup process of the game.
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Old 27 January 2022, 21:56   #3
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On real hardware, that's pretty much impossible, since most games completely take over the system. Your "utility" simply wouldn't survive the startup process of the game.

That's disappointing. I have no experience with Amiga utilities so wasn't sure how they'd run but had hoped for an ADF you'd boot like a game that then throws you back to the disk hand screen with the utility in memory and then you load the game.


Worth asking anyway :-)
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Old 27 January 2022, 22:14   #4
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What game is it?
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Old 27 January 2022, 22:32   #5
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What game is it?

Nothing specific. Just anything that lacks keyboard controls (e.g. Ruff N Tumble, James Pond 2, Assassin etc).
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Old 27 January 2022, 22:42   #6
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Sorry I read that wrong - I thought you wanted it the other way around.
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Old 28 January 2022, 10:34   #7
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That's disappointing. I have no experience with Amiga utilities so wasn't sure how they'd run but had hoped for an ADF you'd boot like a game that then throws you back to the disk hand screen with the utility in memory and then you load the game.


Worth asking anyway :-)
If the games were OS friendly, then this would be possible. :-)
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Old 28 January 2022, 12:25   #8
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Well thanks anyway guys!

I have a couple of Mega Drive pads so could plug in one of those instead of the joystick (not as good as keyboard but I guess it's the next best thing).

I understand that involves a slight risk of frying a CIA though if I don't use an adapter? Am I correct in thinking the CIA chips are identical and it's just the socket they're plugged into that determines what functions they provide?

So in a fully working system you could swap them with no effect? Just because I have a spare board, so if I did break a CIA then I have either one or two spares from the spare board. Course I'd rather not fry any chips to begin with but good to have a backup plan.
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Old 28 January 2022, 12:36   #9
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The current understanding is that mega drive pads will not kill the Amiga.
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Old 28 January 2022, 14:25   #10
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Nice! I know that's always been a controversial one so glad the truth is what we wanted it to be :-)

Thanks all for the helpful advice.
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