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05-07-2005 03:34 PM  13 years agoPost 1
nheather

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My son has a new game (Lego Star Wars) for the PC which uses a GamePad.

The game allows two player co-operative play but this really needs two GamePads.

The existing GamePad is an old Microsoft Sidewinder with a 15 pin joystick connector and is not USB compatible even with an adaptor.

My question.
Is it possible to connect a USB GamePad aswell or will they conflict?

Cheers,

Nigel

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05-07-2005 07:10 PM  13 years agoPost 2
03fomoco

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Same problem
Not sure of your exact situation because you never know what will work but I had an old Microsoft Sidewinder joystick on a game port and tried used RealFlight with USB controller and had all kinds of problems, took a few minutes to figure out but changing assignments etc... changed nothing it just would not work. I think another Gampad can be had for around 20 bucks if that.

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05-07-2005 08:38 PM  13 years agoPost 3
nheather

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A long time ago when I used to play around with computer electronics I recall that the PC gameport was limited to 4 analogue inputs and 4 digital inputs.

This meant that you could connect two simple devices each with two axes and 2 buttons.

To connect two such controllers you needed a specailly wired Y-adaptor.

Then came more advanced joysticks that used all of the analogue inputs (e.g. elevator, aileron, rudder and throttle) and they also used all 4 digtal buttons. If you had one of these joysticks connected you couldn't connect a second.

I understand that the support of more than 4 buttons and hats is done by actually by setting combinations of the 4 digital inputs at the same time.

That is where my knowledge ends.

What I don't know is how the USB controllers work. Has the architecture changed or are they still mapped onto the limited Game Port?

My son's sidewinder has one D-Pad and about 10 buttons so it must be using two analogue inputs and all four digital inputs.

This would suggest that I could not connect another pad using the Game Port (even if I had a Y-Lead) but what about a USB pad?

Cheers

Nigel

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