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Curt
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Trying to connect joystick to laptop
#335491 - 12/28/14 05:00 AM


Hi. This is my first post here. I appologize in advance if this is the wrong forum, wrong protocol, etc. Feedback welcome.

I have a HotRod joystick with a keyboard interface (PS/2?): http://www.kutek.net/mame_roms_pinball/mame32_config_files/hotrod_manual_hanaho.pdf
I have a Windows 7 laptop. I would like to use the two together. In order to connect the joystick to the laptop, I got this adapter: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00028OP2Y/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I connect one end of the keyboard cable into the Hot Rod (the port that says 'Computer'), and the other end into the keyboard part of the the adapter (it also has mouse part), and plug the adapter into a USB port. Windows says installing driver, and then driver installed successfully. But I cannot seem to get any keyboard input from the joystick in any app. Back when I used it with a desktop computer as a keyboard pass-through, I would see normal keyboard input when pushing buttons and moving the joysticks, in Notepad etc.

Any ideas how to get the device working as keyboard input? This doesn't have anything to do with MAME per se, but the purpose is to use it with MAME, so I figure folks here might know.

Thanks in advance!



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Re: Trying to connect joystick to laptop new [Re: Curt]
#335503 - 12/28/14 09:01 PM


> I connect one end of the keyboard cable into the Hot Rod (the port that says
> 'Computer'), and the other end into the keyboard part of the the adapter (it also has
> mouse part), and plug the adapter into a USB port. Windows says installing driver,
> and then driver installed successfully. But I cannot seem to get any keyboard input
> from the joystick in any app.

Maybe it's broken? Try connecting a PS2 keyboard to it and see if that works.

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Re: Trying to connect joystick to laptop new [Re: Sune]
#335511 - 12/29/14 04:19 AM


Good idea. Now I just gotta see if I can still find a PS2 keyboard...



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One more thing.. new [Re: Curt]
#335545 - 12/30/14 04:43 PM


> Good idea. Now I just gotta see if I can still find a PS2 keyboard...

There's this section in mame.ini:

# CORE INPUT OPTIONS
#

multikeyboard 0
multimouse 0

Maybe you need to set at least multikeyboard to 1 since you are essentially connecting a second set of mouse + keyboard? Not sure if it's necessary.

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Re: One more thing.. new [Re: Sune]
#335603 - 01/01/15 07:48 AM


Have you opened a text document and gotten keystrokes?

Also make sure to try both ends if one still isn't working.

And, last if not least, you might need Hkey+repeat.



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