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#176 john_q_atari OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 6, 2018 8:34 PM

Are there step by step instructions anywhere on how to assemble this controller kit?

#177 DanthWader OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 6, 2018 11:25 PM

Are there step by step instructions anywhere on how to assemble this controller kit?

I am working on a instruction manual, i'll have that out very soon.



#178 DanthWader OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 8, 2018 7:36 PM

Are there step by step instructions anywhere on how to assemble this controller kit?

 

Attached File  Atari 7800 Controller Assembly Instructions.pdf   8.43MB   121 downloads

 

Here ya go! This is the process I use to assemble these controllers. 


Edited by DanthWader, Sun Apr 8, 2018 7:36 PM.


#179 Trebor OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 9, 2018 5:39 AM

 

attachicon.gifAtari 7800 Controller Assembly Instructions.pdf

 

Here ya go! This is the process I use to assemble these controllers. 

 

The step-by-step written instructions alone would have been great.  The picture captures you've included are awesome, very clear, and in abundance. 

 

Thank you for creating and sharing that with the community.



#180 DanthWader OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 10, 2018 5:48 PM

 

The step-by-step written instructions alone would have been great.  The picture captures you've included are awesome, very clear, and in abundance. 

 

Thank you for creating and sharing that with the community.

Thanks for the kind words! I wanted to be thorough but I may have "over-explained" a few things. 



#181 john_q_atari OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:48 PM

Thanks for the kind words! I wanted to be thorough but I may have "over-explained" a few things.


I don't think so. I wish everyone would write documentation the way you did.

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Posted Sat Apr 14, 2018 7:21 PM

Just assembled my kit but it's not working right. There's no response from the d-pad, and and the only game that does anything when I hit a button is Xevious, but once I've hit the buttons they just keep firing even after I release them.

 

I checked continuity on the wires before soldering, and then again after I found that it wasn't working. I even checked continuity from the plug to the button pads on the front of the pcb to see which wire was going to which pad and these are the results I get:

 

db9 - wire - button pad

 

1 - blue - up

2 - yellow - down

3 - brown - left

4 - white - right

5 - red - B

6 - green - A and B

7 - orange - no response from any of the button pads

8 - grey -  start and select

9 - black - A



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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:33 AM

jjh76 - I assume other controllers are working properly?



#184 jjh76 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:42 AM

Yes, I've got one 7800 and several different 2600 joysticks and all work fine.



#185 jjh76 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:29 PM

Ok, I've figured out what happened. When checking what wire went to what pin I used the numbering from the pinout diagram in the pdf instructions, but that diagram shows it from the console side, not from the end of the plug, so I ended up with the wires in the wrong order. I switched the wires around and now it works.

 

http://wiki.icomp.de/wiki/DB9-Joystick



#186 DanthWader OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:28 PM

Ok, I've figured out what happened. When checking what wire went to what pin I used the numbering from the pinout diagram in the pdf instructions, but that diagram shows it from the console side, not from the end of the plug, so I ended up with the wires in the wrong order. I switched the wires around and now it works.

 

http://wiki.icomp.de/wiki/DB9-Joystick

Oh no! I need to fix that in the diagram!



#187 DanthWader OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:32 PM

Okay here is an updated instruction set with the correct pinout for the DB9 cable!!!

 

Do not use the one above!

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#188 DanthWader OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:44 PM

Just assembled my kit but it's not working right. There's no response from the d-pad, and and the only game that does anything when I hit a button is Xevious, but once I've hit the buttons they just keep firing even after I release them.

 

I checked continuity on the wires before soldering, and then again after I found that it wasn't working. I even checked continuity from the plug to the button pads on the front of the pcb to see which wire was going to which pad and these are the results I get:

 

db9 - wire - button pad

 

1 - blue - up

2 - yellow - down

3 - brown - left

4 - white - right

5 - red - B

6 - green - A and B

7 - orange - no response from any of the button pads

8 - grey -  start and select

9 - black - A

This is what I got as well on the other cables. Used my instructions as reference too  :mad:

 

Here are the updated ones once again 

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Posted Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:04 PM

My 7800 controller solution... Needs a new Kanob.
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Edited by Zonie, Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:04 PM.


#190 Fingolfin OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 5, 2018 9:30 AM

Received two of DanthWader's excellent NES style Atari 7800/two button gamepads!

 

Really great control with these: they beat the heck out of Atari's own CX-78 gamepads, being much better constructed and everything about these NES style Atari gamepads is better: better button and control feel and more responsive.  Only played a few A8 games last night but got my high score for A8 Pac-Man Arcade!

 

Looking forward to trying out 7800 Commando, Ikari Warriors, Midnight Mutants, Scramble and Xevious (two button games) as well as Pac-Man Collection and Moon Cresta later today.

 

Thank you very much for making and selling these kick-ass 7800 controllers DanthWader.

They were received yesterday afternoon on May the Fourth...so the Force must be indeed with us both!  :jango:

 

Happy Cinco De Mayo from Colorado!  :cool:

 

Best Regards

Fingolfin



#191 DanthWader OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 9, 2018 8:19 PM

Thanks again Fingolfin, I really appreciate that! Hope your Revenge of the Fith was excellent!!



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Posted Fri Jul 6, 2018 2:02 AM

Are these for sale now? I couldn't see them in the store.



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Posted Fri Jul 6, 2018 6:59 AM

Are these for sale now? I couldn't see them in the store.


Message Danth.  That's how I got mine. These are well worth it.  IMHO, the best 7800 handheld controller I've ever used.







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