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#151 Inky OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 8, 2017 11:44 AM

 

I'm not familiar with that controller.  Does it have analog output?  This thread says it is digital, and to work with the 2600 as reported, it would have to be digital output -

http://atariage.com/...-2600-trakball/

 

EDIT: OK, also stated in the thread that is has analog mode.  I would have to pick one up and test what the analog output is.

 

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Yep, both digital ("control") and analog ("sports") functionality


Edited by Inky, Wed Mar 8, 2017 11:45 AM.


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Posted Wed Mar 8, 2017 5:26 PM

Or, use the Ti-99/4A firmware in the 'II.

 

Correction - the TI-99/4A firmware is for the Vision-daptor.

 

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Posted Wed Mar 8, 2017 6:26 PM

Also, extra button 4 input on the 'II is used for updating the firmware.  You got tripped up by the re-purposing of the extra button inputs 4/5/6 on the 'II.

 

You could use the Original 2600-daptor, and two 2600 joysticks.  I can provide the Original 2600 firmware to install in the 'II.  You would have paddle and driving controller support on the first DB9.

 

Or, use the Ti-99/4A firmware in the 'II.  This is a dual stick controller.  You'll need a 2600 to TI-99 Y-cable - schematics can be found on the 'net or I can draw them up.  I don't recall if I put the extra button inputs in this firmware, but would be easy to add.  This would give two 2600 joysticks and up to 7 buttons total.

Ultimately, the 7800 support is more important to me.  I was proceeding under the mistaken impression that the mode switches were checked during powerup, and then became available for reuse in 2600 mode.

I have removed my second db9 and cleaned up the board.  7800 mode remained unusable.  You gave me a good hint though; upon reprogramming with the "2600-daptorII TB FB1.hex", 7800 sticks now work again.  I must have corrupted the firmware somehow with my 2600 twin stick.

 

Your download links for the MPHidflash for Linux are dead.  I looked it up on Github and failed at building it, as for whatever reason apt-get couldn't find libhid-dev to install it, so I had to reprogram the 2600-daptor II from Windows.



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Posted Thu Mar 9, 2017 10:06 AM

Ultimately, the 7800 support is more important to me.  I was proceeding under the mistaken impression that the mode switches were checked during powerup, and then became available for reuse in 2600 mode.

I have removed my second db9 and cleaned up the board.  7800 mode remained unusable.  You gave me a good hint though; upon reprogramming with the "2600-daptorII TB FB1.hex", 7800 sticks now work again.  I must have corrupted the firmware somehow with my 2600 twin stick.

 

Your download links for the MPHidflash for Linux are dead.  I looked it up on Github and failed at building it, as for whatever reason apt-get couldn't find libhid-dev to install it, so I had to reprogram the 2600-daptor II from Windows.

 

Here is a firmware for the 'II with it forced in 7800 mode (a "7800-daptor" if you will) -

http://2600-daptor.c...I 7800 only.hex

 

Extra buttons inputs 5 & 6 are now free to be used.  Set the mode select switches up (else they will force these inputs on).  #4 is still used for firmware updates, but this only checked when the 'daptor is first powered on, after that is free to be used.  However, I have occasionally seen that the USB can be reset when a controller is plugged in, and if input 4 was on, the 'daptor would get kicked into firmware update mode.  Unplug the USB and reconnect with #4 off should get back to normal operation mode.

 

Thanks for pointing out the dead link.  Yeah, looks like the project moved over to GitHub -

https://github.com/A...sLtd/mphidflash

There is "binaries" folder with executables for various O/S's including Linux.

 

Tom

http://2600-daptor.com


Edited by dualcam, Thu Mar 9, 2017 10:11 AM.


#155 fluxit OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 9, 2017 8:20 PM

It works great with the forced 7800 mode.  I get proper 7800 stick operation +2 buttons, and with the twin 2600 stick I get two joysticks and one button(#2) as expected.  Thanks, it works perfectly now AFAICT, having tested in MAME with Super Xevious(7800 stick,) Krull(Twin Sticks,) and BattleZone(Twin Sticks and fire button.)



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Posted Thu Jun 8, 2017 9:38 AM

Yesterday my 2600daptor and Visiondaptor arrived. Very fast shipping within 8 days from Oregon to Germany.

Both of them work fine. :)  It's cool to play vintage games on computer with original controllers. 

Thank you, very much



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Posted Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:28 PM

I'd like to get 2 2600-dapter II's for use with the Atari800WinPlus emulator. Has anyone here tested paddles and joysticks with Atari800WinPlus? 






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