Arcade Trackballs (was: Re: C64 Fuse?)
bpope at wordstock.com
Fri Sep 15 20:12:03 CDT 2006
And thusly were the wise words spake by David Griffith
> On Fri, 15 Sep 2006, Robert Feldman wrote:
> > >From: bpope at wordstock.com (Bryan Pope)
> > <snip>>
> > >P.S. Speaking of "different" controllers, has anybody wired up an
> > >arcade quality spinner or trackball (by themselves) to use with
> > >a C64 or other similar system?
> > >
> > About 15 years ago I wired a number of Happ Control Atari arcade trackballs
> > to generic PC mice to use in exhibits at the Field Museum of Natural History
> > in Chicago. These trackballs use a pair of optical sensors on both the X and
> > Y axes, like the mice did, so I desoldered the sensors from the mouse
> > circuit board and ran wires to the sensors on the trackballs, bypassing the
> > rest of the circuit on the trackball. Worked fine. Happ now sells interface
> > units for PC's.
> > I kept the "prototype" unit for myself, and used it for 10 years before
> > having to clean the rollers and lube the bearings for the first time. I
> > don't use it now because the laptop I have does not have a serial port.
> There's a line of gizmos with names that include the string "ipac" which
> are intended for interfacing arcade controls with PCs in various ways.
But I would like to use the same trackball or spinner directly hooked
up to my Commodore 64... (and then other times to my PC to play
Centipede or Arkanoid)
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