[vcf-midatlantic] IBM compatible joystick needed

Jason Perkins perkins.jason at gmail.com
Mon May 28 18:26:32 EDT 2018


If you can't source a sound card, I have a 2 port game card you can have.

On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 2:04 PM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> Thanks for the info guys.
>
> I don't know if the computer has a game card. Also don't know if VCFed has
> any available.
>
> However, Adam told me we have at least two compatible joysticks. Untested
> but chances are at least one works or could be fixed.
>
> New question then: can someone bring a game card in case we need it? At
> least for us to borrow through HOPE-time.
>
> On Mon, May 28, 2018, 8:54 AM Dean Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>
> > 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.
> >
> > D
> >
> > 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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