Force Feedback Joystick Adapter

Force Feedback Joystick Adapter

Post by Robert Sta » Thu, 04 Dec 2003 13:07:07

Is there an adapter for my joystick to USB or serial?

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Force Feedback Joystick Adapter

Post by Cari MS-MV » Thu, 04 Dec 2003 16:20:11

No. There are Gameport to USB adapters but the chance of it actually
working is probably less than zero.

The reason it won't work:

A USB device has to have data hard coded into it so that the USB port knows
what is connecting to it. The older gameport joysticks do not have this
data. Therefore the USB port has no idea what is connecting to it.

Either purchase a new USB joystick or purchase a separate soundcard with a
gameport controller (sometimes called a Midi port) on it.



Force Feedback Joystick Adapter

Post by RobertV » Fri, 05 Dec 2003 04:53:11

Actually the analog joysticks are the very ones a generic gameport to USB
adaptor works with. The adaptor has circuitry in it so that the computer
recognizes the adaptor as a generic controller.

A force feedback controler probably doesn't use the analog capabilities of
the gameport though. It's probably using the gameport's less known serial
Musical Instrument Data Interface (MIDI). Even some of the non-force
feedback Sidewinder joysticks were "digital" joysticks that used the MIDI
capabilities. I've not seen any adaptor that claims to translate the MIDI
signals to USB. If there are such adaptors, they would probably cost as much
as a sound card anyway.

Controlers that use the MIDI capabilities ussualy woun't work without
Windows running, even through a gameport.