[vcf-midatlantic] IBM compatible joystick needed

Evan Koblentz evan at vcfed.org
Mon May 28 18:35:36 EDT 2018


Good to have a safety net!

Hoping to find out next weekend whether the computer has one, or if any of
our other PCs have one that I can swap in.

On Mon, May 28, 2018, 6:27 PM Jason Perkins via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> 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
> > > >
> > >
> >
>
>
>
> --
> Jason Perkins
> 313 355 0085
>



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