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What are these controller interfaces?

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Someone just gave me all of these. It appears they allow using an Atari 2600 controllers on the ZX Spectrum but I'm wondering what the IDE interface is supposed to plug into. Does anyone know?

 

 

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Are you talking about the centronics connector?  Maybe a parallel printer.

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The Dk'tronics interface is for a parralel printer, not IDE. I could be wrong (beleive it or not, it's happened before) but I don't beleive Kempston joysticks are Atari compatible. (Neither are Sinclair, MSX, or Coleco.)

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Kempston joysticks are the same as Atari. Sinclair joysticks are not. Which is why the Kempston interface is so popular with the ZX crowd...

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Are you saying I have this connected incorrectly and they are separate devices?

Why would you hook up a printer to a gaming console?

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4 hours ago, Deemar said:

Why would you hook up a printer to a gaming console?

It is for a ZX Spectrum computer, not a gaming console. You would hook up a printer for the same reason as any other 8 bit computer.

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The zx spectrum console has a fun built in game called Basic; some people like to print out their achievements for off-line review.  Another one called Tasword, loaded from tape, allows people to write stories; the printer lets people share them with others.

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