The construction of the Dead Mouse is simple, due to the fact that every joystick made actualy uses four buttons on the
inside activated by moving the stick. All you need to make the Dead Mouse are five momentery contact buttons,
a female D9 conector, a six conductor cable, and a project box. You can save yourself some time and trouble by using
the cable from an old broken joystick, or buying a joystick extension cord and cutting off one end instead of making a new cable.
Start by drilling five holes for the buttons in the lid of the project box a little bit larger then the size of the buttons,
and one hole in the side of the box for the cable to the computer.
Next mount and secure the five buttons in the holes and pass the cable through the hole in the side of the box.
Make a knot in the cable on the inside so the cable wont pull out.
Now solder the wire from the cable to the switches following the table below.
NOTE: Solder to ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE BUTTON!!
u 1 2 3 4 5 u
\ O O O O O /
u\ O O O O /u
6 7 8 9
PIN # BUTTON
Now solder pin #7 to the other side of ALL the buttons.
This is the common or "ground" line. Put the lid on your box, and your Dead Mouse is ready to use.
From experience, the Dead Mouse is a very poor joystick, Don't even bother to try and use it for game playing.
It is ,however, a more profesional looking device for use as a mouse than a joystick,
and a accurate drawing tool for MicroPainter.
For those of us that have a hard time with joysticks..