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    hi all ;D

    did anyone tried to interface an USB joystick (for example) to the DC controller port ???

    coz it could be nice to use recent game pads on the DC

    ???

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    Default Re: what about USB controller ???

    What ?? you're trying it here too ?? ;D

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    It'a not going to work. Now if you want to tear it apart and remove all the USB stuff and insert the inerds of a DC controlller you might get somewhere. ;D Maybe
    Axlen was here... or was he? Bwahha ha ha ha ha...

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    well
    the idea was to make a com interface between

    usb and the serial maplebus used on the DC

    not just a hardware mess ;D

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    hmmm, wouldnt that mean, in theory, u could get an xbox controller workin on a DC?

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    Well, yes, you need a chip with an usb hub in it to talk to the xbox pad and do maple bus talking on the other side.

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    yeah mental2k contributed to intellegent conversation

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    Default Re: what about USB controller ???

    Indeed, what you'd need to do would be to build an adapter that featured a maple bus client chip (to communicate with the "host" Dreamcast), a USB host controller (like you'd have in a PC for connecting USB hubs/gamepads/etc. to) and some sort of microcomputer to tie the two together (it'd need to understand the maple bus packets from the Dreamcast, and also have a USB stack to deal with all the bus configuration/management that USB requires, as well as understanding Human Computer Interface-type class device messages for your gamepad - as these can describe any sort of gamepad, and keyboard and mouse, it'd also be quite complex in itself, particularly deciding how to map the currently connected gamepad on to the Dreamcast's expectations for a controller).

    Dreamcast controller maple bus to USB would be much easier, which is something I've been working on myself (I realise you can buy such things, but I thought it'd be more fun/flexible to have a go myself). I'm using a USB PIC, but I've not got a circuit to read the Maple bus yet (it's a bit fast for the PIC to do in software, at least I've not had any flashes of inspiration to do as such, so I've been thinking about a dedicated circuit for receiving the packets).

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    Default Re: what about USB controller ???

    hmm ill try later but i have got the following

    an adapter that lets you use a ps/2 mouse/ keyboard on a dreamcast

    i also have a usb to ps/2 adapter

    finally i also have a USB joypad

    ill have a try when im not so busy and see if i can get it working

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