[vcf-midatlantic] IBM compatible joystick needed

Dean Notarnicola dnotarnicola at gmail.com
Mon May 28 08:54:10 EDT 2018

Jeff is right. Older DOS machines could use 15-pin game ports on ISA sound
cards or multi I/O cards. Best to look for one of these.

 There is a way to build an interface to the parallel port, but it is
non-standard and existing drivers are only for Windows and Linux.


On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 8:02 AM Jeff Galinat via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 2:51 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> > VCFed needs a joystick that is compatible with the Compaq Portable III
> > (parallel connector, but I don't know how many pins). This is for the
> Lego
> > demo station so I can do some kid-friendly classes starting this summer
> > (and also for my HOPE lecture).
> >
> > Can somebody bring a known-good one to the next workshop?
> >
> > We may have some in the warehouse but I'd like to have a known-good unit
> > for testing. If one of ours works, we'll use that; if not, then perhaps
> > yours could be a donation.
> >
> > Evan,
>   I am far from an early PC expert but every early IBM compatible joystick
> I have ever seen attached via a 15 pin "game port" provided by means an
> expansion card such as an AST SixPack, a sound card or other interface
> card.  I don't recall ever ever seeing one that attached via parallel
> port.  The thing is you need an analog to digital converter to read the
> joystick so a straight parallel port would not work since IBM style
> joysticks are analog not digital such as those from an Atari VCS.
> Regards,
> Jeff

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