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Shoonay
31st March 2009, 10:30
This be my Leet 4 Playah Adaptorrr constructed about 7 years ago when I was "grounded" at home being seriously sick for a few weeks, and very bored, so I've created this with the stuff I could find at home (that's why it's screwed to the piece of wood to make the whole construction stable and holds on ducktape mostly, LOL) and invited a few buddies to play DynaBlaster/MasterBlaster/MegaBlast multiplayer! 8)

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/6774/4playahadaptah.jpg

Worked great then, but on Amizaduszki 2008 (November 15) it appeared the [fire] button stopped working, so immediately after getting home from Kraków I ripped it to pieces, and I am *currently* (lazy, lazy me...) working on a new design stored in an old HD case...
Stay tuned, I still got a few months to the next Amizaduszki 2009 ;)

Harrison
31st March 2009, 11:07
That has to be one of the most "homebrew" looking projects I've seen to date! ;)

Do you need anything special to make a 4 player adaptor? I might be interested in making one myself.

Shoonay
31st March 2009, 11:16
For me the joy ports were hardest to get.
Besides that it's just a simple "solder one cable here to that connector there" project ;)

Harrison
1st April 2009, 02:46
Do you have a pin out schematic for it for the correct wiring?

Shoonay
1st April 2009, 04:35
Yup, I've done it according to the Hardware Book (http://www.hardwarebook.info/Amiga_4_Joysticks) 8)

Harrison
1st April 2009, 22:44
Great one, cheers. I will have to make one of these up when I get hold of the ports needed. I've wanted a 4 joystick adaptor for some time.

Something else I want to look into is making an X-Arcade interface to make that work with an Amiga. I wonder if anyone has already tried that?

SkydivinGirl
2nd April 2009, 02:02
I recently picked up an X-Arcade Tankstick (as part of my MAME project). From what I know, it has a PS2 port and the buttons are assigned as keyboard keys (pushing the joystick or a button is the same as pressing a key on the keyboard). I'm not sure if it can be used on an Amiga though...

Perhaps using a PS2 to Amiga keyboard adapter would do the trick. Of course, the game would have to respond to keyboard commands instead of a joystick.

I'm waiting on my cabinet to be built for my MAME project but I'm going to post a nice article about the whole thing in the Photo Booth when I get the cabinet.

Take care,

Heather

Shoonay
2nd April 2009, 06:26
Sure, building an interface for your Amiga isn't that hard either, just remember most of those arcade sticks and pads have different signals then our Amy's, so you can do it the quick & easy way or the elegant & hard way ;)

Elegant & hard way: You build a proper adapter, with some kind of chip that will translate the signals, without touching the pad itself.

Quick & easy way: You rip the pad/stick apart and solder the cable directly to the button's controls on the pad/s "motherboard"
(that's my favorite ;))

Harrison
3rd April 2009, 17:20
Ripping a $200 arcade control board apart isn't most peoples first choice.

And easier option if you were going to do that would be to buy some Happ switches and sticks, an iPaq controller, and then make an interface to convert the iPaq signals into something the Amiga can recognise as joystick port signals.

The X-Arcade controllers have always been designed with cross platform in mind. The main interface cable has a connector that comes as standard with a PC serial port and PS/2 adaptor for use with a PC. But PS2, Xbox, Dreamcast, Gaecube, Mac, PS3 and Wii adapters exist to convert it to be used by all of those systems, so an adapter to allow it to work with an Amiga is definitely not out of the questions.

Of course, as Heather was saying, the PC interface of the X-Arcade controller as standard can be mapped to any keyboard keys, so using a PC keyboard adapter with an Amiga would mean that the X-Arcade could be used out of the box with PC keyboard mapping. But the Amiga games being used would need to have keyboard controls to work with this. Most Amiga games do have keyboard controls, so you could manually map the keys. But doing this for each game would be a tedious task as the X-Arcade controllers can only store 3 preset keymaps themselves in hardware via the 4 position switch on the back.

But developing a proper X-Arcade interface for the Amiga would be great and I think many people would be interested in it.

Regarding the X-Arcade Tankstick. It tool X-Arcade a very long time to finally merge their X-Arcade Dual Joystick controller with their rollerball conroller to make the Tankstick, but it is a great device now it is finally here. There were loads of early Arcade games that used a rollerball, so it is great fun having one as part of the control board. And not forgetting the pinball buttons on the sides. Great for Future Pinalled and Visual PinMAME. :)

I only have the X-Arcade Dual Joystick version, but that is great for general emulation alongside a mouse. But I also have a full Slik-Stik classic controller as part of my actual MAME cabinet which has a lot more controls on the board including a light-up arcade rollerball, some spinners, 6 joysticks, and much more. Great system.

Shoonay
3rd April 2009, 17:29
Ripping a $200 arcade control board apart isn't most peoples first choice.Yeah, might be a bit too hardcore ;)

When it comes to PC there's hundreds of these cheap ">something< to USB" converters/adaptors so ripping that one shouldn't be hard ;)
Wonder if it would work backwards, soldering the Ami joy cable directly to the adaptor's "guts"... hmmmm...

Seeing the cool PSX to Amiga converters I was thinking about doing it the dirty way, I've got a spare PSX, I could (technically thinking here ;)) rip the connectors and solder the Ami cable to one side, and simply insert the PSX pad in... wonder if that would work ;)

SkydivinGirl
3rd April 2009, 18:24
But developing a proper X-Arcade interface for the Amiga would be great and I think many people would be interested in it.
I would certainly love to get one. I am going to use WinUAE for Amiga emulation in my MAME setup. I can then map the X-Arcade buttons to the joystick port in WinUAE. Of course, it would override those keyboard commands so I would not be able to use the keyboard normally.


Great for Future Pinalled and Visual PinMAME.
I've pretty much got my MAME computer all configured and part of that was installing Future Pinball. I'm super excited about getting it all put together!


But I also have a full Slik-Stik classic controller as part of my actual MAME cabinet which has a lot more controls on the board including a light-up arcade rollerball, some spinners, 6 joysticks, and much more. Great system.
I'd love to see some photos of your setup. I'd like to get some spinners but they are a bit pricey. I just purchased a Act-Labs light gun for my MAME cabinet. It was expensive but I really like the light gun games.


I've got a spare PSX, I could (technically thinking here ;)) rip the connectors and solder the Ami cable to one side, and simply insert the PSX pad in... wonder if that would work
I did this with an original Nintendo Entertainment System controller. It has a common ground and the buttons complete the circuit to the ground. I removed the chip and original cable then soldered in an Amiga style cable. It worked like a charm! I'm actually thinking about doing it again since that controller was sold off when my old computers were.

Ciao!

Heather

Shoonay
3rd April 2009, 18:37
Yeah, those old console pads are easy, I "converted" a Pegasus pad (NES clone popular here ;)), and two SEGA pads (MegaDrive/Genesis, dunno) like that.

But something tells me an usb adapter is prolly harder...

Charlie
7th April 2009, 11:45
Damn me Shoonay that's a hack to warm the cockles of my heart!

Great work, hope to see more butchery from you! :D

Shoonay
7th April 2009, 12:22
Thanks Charlie ;)
I've got another project in my head from quite some time now, but the lack of time keeps it from being done...

Shoonay
24th September 2011, 12:27
Here's the v2.0 version, took me over two years to develop but it was worth it. :lol:

http://i.imgur.com/fVv3S.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/wKXf9.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/7rs2F.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Ms73K.jpg

johnim
24th September 2011, 16:50
thats nice mate

keropi
24th September 2011, 18:01
where can I pre-order?

Shoonay
24th September 2011, 18:40
I'll have a break now from all that hard work... pm me in 2 years.

robinsonb5
24th September 2011, 18:49
Here's the v2.0 version, took me over two years to develop but it was worth it. :lol:

LOL! I love the choice of housing!

Sensi
24th September 2011, 19:52
Painting it black and then putting it into the HD case took 2 years? :wooha:
Only Amiga ..... :lol:

Shoonay
24th September 2011, 20:01
Painting what black? :roll:

The real story is simple: back in late 2009 I needed the 25 PIN D-SUB connector back for a different project, so I re-soldered the stuff and forgot all about it. Few weeks ago I had some awesome time playing multiplayer Amiga games with a few of my buddies and I was mad on myself that I didn't have a four player adaptor. So I build this thing again.

Sensi
24th September 2011, 20:05
Oh, its silver :huh:

It was meant to be offensive and ... and ... you heartless!!! :(

ChrisUnionNJ
24th September 2011, 20:08
Ahhh another great job of recycling parts!! :thumbsup:

:coffee:

Shoonay
24th September 2011, 22:08
@johnim: thanks ;)

@robinsonb5/ChrisUnionNJ: yeah, those old ~50MBHD's are pretty useless even on an Amiga, but when opened, the inside begs for something to be put in. ;)

@Sens: I din't paint it, it's a completely different connector. That old one fell apart when I un-taped it.

Shoonay
19th February 2014, 23:54
Bon jour! Today we will learn how to replace our GPU cooling system with the cheapest parts available and fastest as possible. :cool:

So my fan on the good old GF550Ti was starting to wear off, I felt it in my bones, I heard it with my ears and the temperature monitor was showing temperature increase up to ~75 celsius from the usual ~67 celsius.

Took the card out of the computer:
http://i.imgur.com/9ifkhT2.jpg

Unscrewed that cheap looking tiny little 80mm x 80mm fan:
http://i.imgur.com/hlQDEmH.jpg

Fortunately the heat sink was relatively massive and had nice little holes for screws that could hold something:
http://i.imgur.com/Hh4gXZi.jpg

How's about this nice little fan grill...
http://i.imgur.com/UYXJIau.jpg

... that could hold one of these nice little 120mm x 120mm fans?
http://i.imgur.com/cgG7uQ0.jpg

Perfect fit!
http://i.imgur.com/xxIfk15.jpg

Now screw the grill tightly with the fan on one side...
http://i.imgur.com/5dLCfzs.jpg

And use some old twisted cable parts to hold the other side cause I can't fit a screwedriver in there :/
http://i.imgur.com/eLHocTe.jpg
Also, used an old HD led cable to power the fan on after making sure which line goes where.



And voila!
http://i.imgur.com/LelNr6K.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/17gxQyK.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/iKjkCLb.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/S7WZlzX.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/uyKfIao.jpg

Now this baby doesn't let the temperatures go anywhere higher than 65 celsius!

Justin
20th February 2014, 07:16
lovely!!!