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#1 Tempest Nut OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:01 PM

I'll start it off with my PC Spinner box, At its heart is a I-PAC 2 USB interface that can have 32-Input buttons and you can directly connect a joystick/trackball/spinner so I opted for a Ultimarc Spintrack USB Spinner with the "heavy flywheel" and I added an I-PAC Xbox 360-PS3-Xinput Adaptor which will make it automatically be seen as an Xbox 360 controller by any PC game that uses Microsoft Xinput and for good measure I gave it a "point of view hat" that I use as a joystick for any games that need you to control up/down/left/right like the bonus rounds in all the modern Tempest games !...  

 

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#2 Tempest Nut OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:32 PM

Here's the inside, I wanted only one USB cable coming out of the box and to the computer so I had to make some custom stuff like 2 stubby USB cables...

 

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#3 Tempest Nut OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:31 PM

Hello, Is this mic on ?

 

Is anyone seeing this ??

 

No one ???



#4 CMR OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:21 PM

Neat, what did you use for the case, a cigar box?  The only homebrew controller I have (currently) is a set of arcade controls mounted into a radio shack project box for my Atari 7800.



#5 Tempest Nut OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:30 AM

It might be a cigar box, I found it in the garage recently and it was the perfect size for what I needed for fitting everything in it I wanted it to have and have a layout I wanted and the same time be able to have it sit comfortably on my lap, It's a complete plug & play set up...  

 

Now that I think about it it can't be a cigar box because on the underside of the lid it says "Furniture Co, Portland Oregon" so I think it was just a decorative box of some sort?

 

But I have to say I like the feel of the wood a lot better than plastic or the like!

 

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#6 Tempest Nut OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 2, 2018 10:00 PM

So no one has made a game controller of their own? How about modded controllers?



#7 Jess Ragan OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 3, 2018 6:31 PM

I have, personally, but it wasn't anything to crow about. It didn't work well for fighting games, until I realized the joystick had two modes. Unscrewing and turning the gate underneath made it much more fighting game friendly.

We had a discussion about this elsewhere on the site... I'm just not sure where.

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Posted Tue Dec 4, 2018 1:01 PM

I kind of hesitated responding to this, because there is a background story that's a bit rough, but I'm proud of it so here goes.

 

Last year my cousin was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer. He was under all kinds of debilitating treatments to prolong his life and some experimental stuff to perhaps save it. He was bedridden the entire time. He was a huge arcade fan back in the 80's. My dad, knowing I work in electronics and software, had the great idea to ask if I could hook him up with an arcade stick and maybe some emulation and games that he could play from his bed. This was the genesis of the arcade stick. 

 

Not being much of an adept at wood working my dad and I tackled the project together. It was really fun and rewarding. My cousin played it with his kids and they got to see all the old arcade games their dad played back in the day. We delivered the arcade stick to him in February. Unfortunately this was the last project I got to do with my dad. The day before Father's Day my dad found out he had pancreatic cancer that had already spread to his liver. My cousin passed shortly after in June and dad passed in late July. 

 

All I have are the pictures and memories, but I think we did a decent job on it. It played well when I tested it.

 

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#9 Tempest Nut OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 4, 2018 1:29 PM

It looks great ! Much more professional looking than mine !

 

I'm sorry for your loss, I few years ago my only sister was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer and 6 months later she was gone, and before she pasted my dad had just beat lung cancer but being that that type of cancer is what is known as "small cell" it had migrated to his brain so I moved back home and took care of him for the year and a half that he had before it took him, My dad and I were very close and worked together for a long time, Now I just take care of my mother BUT since my sister and father are gone it's been a struggle to get my mother to care about taking care of herself and she fights me on everything...    


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Posted Tue Dec 4, 2018 11:22 PM

That's a beautiful looking stick you and your dad made.  I'm not just saying that to be all heart warmy and stuff either.  It looks really cool.  I'm sorry about your dad, though.  I lost my own dad to brain cancer, and sadly wasn't able to make any more good memories with him before he passed.  I remember when he surprised me by buying me a Super Nintendo for Christmas, best Christmas ever. 

 

On another note, I've got a couple of controller projects I've been meaning to do if I can just find the time for them.  Hopefully I can get them posted in here before this thread vanishes into the ether.



#11 Tempest Nut OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2018 10:00 PM

I added two more buttons today...

 

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Posted Fri Dec 7, 2018 1:10 AM

To connect the box to my computer I'm using a 25FT High Speed 480Mbps USB 2.0 Active Repeater M/F Extension Cable Adapter Cord...



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Posted Fri Dec 7, 2018 7:21 AM

My custom 5200 "paddle", made with stock CX52 and pot assembly from SVAII controller.

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#14 Tempest Nut OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 9, 2018 5:02 PM



My custom 5200 "paddle", made with stock CX52 and pot assembly from SVAII controller.

Great minds think alike only mine works with my Atari Jaguar...

 

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Posted Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:07 PM

^^ cool beans



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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:09 PM

Hacks and homebrews of mine:
 
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Vectrex
 
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5200
 
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5200
 
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5200 -> 2600 (More "mod" than "homebrew", but was fun to build)

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#17 CMR OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:39 PM

^^^Those are awesome.  How did you do the pcb for the Vectrex controller?



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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:12 PM

No PCB. Just glued some switches to some plastic. I can't find the other pictures at the moment,but it was definitely built as a one-off.

I had a stash of surplus carbon dot switches with almost the same throw as the original NES buttons.

If you have an inclination to build something similar, I recommend doing it. I use that controller almost exclusively when I play Vectrex.

Edit - Here's the picture I was thinking of. It's buried in an old thread about my controllers.
http://atariage.com/...ital/?p=1432642

Edited by BigO, Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:24 PM.


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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:51 PM

That's a really cool method you discovered.  I was trying to mount switches to the PCB, but it isn't working out.  I can't get some that are short enough for the d-pad.  I've been looking into alternatives, but I hadn't thought of dumping the PCB yet.  I may still keep it and drill holes to mount them through the PCB instead.  Some of the controllers I'm thinking of using aren't flat like the NES pads are.



#20 Tempest Nut OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jan 9, 2019 5:42 PM

 

Hacks and homebrews of mine:
 
Vectrex
 
5200
 
5200
 
5200 -> 2600 (More "mod" than "homebrew", but was fun to build)

 

Wow, Those are really nice! They all look very factory... 



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Posted Wed Jan 9, 2019 6:24 PM

To connect the box to my computer I'm using a 25FT High Speed 480Mbps USB 2.0 Active Repeater M/F Extension Cable Adapter Cord...

you have any problems with that? USB 2.0 spec is 15 foot for high speed devices

 

course a controller isn't exactly high speed, but I have ran into connectivity issues with nice quality 25 foot cables trying to run data loggers at work (like it will run fine for days but a bird farts while flying overhead … usually on the weekend when no one is looking at the machines and it will just drop)


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Posted Wed Jan 9, 2019 8:19 PM



you have any problems with that? USB 2.0 spec is 15 foot for high speed devices

 

course a controller isn't exactly high speed, but I have ran into connectivity issues with nice quality 25 foot cables trying to run data loggers at work (like it will run fine for days but a bird farts while flying overhead … usually on the weekend when no one is looking at the machines and it will just drop)

No prob because it boosts the signal with the built-in Active Repeater...

 

That is why the end is so big, that's where the Active Repeater is...

 

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Edited by Tempest Nut, Wed Jan 9, 2019 8:23 PM.





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