It's just Easter, and Lent is over. But not as far as the projects are concerned. Lent is really starting here...
As announced some time ago, this time it's about shrinking the joystick adapter on a strip grid board. Surely the strip grid board was functional and everything worked. But as far as the design is concerned, such a board will certainly not win a prize. So I shrunk the whole thing so much that all the electronics fit into a DSUB9 case.
You just want to play an old game in an emulator. Or has just built a MiSTer FPGA. Surely you have various joysticks for the good old home computers, such as Atari or Commodore, at home, but all of them have in common that a 9pin plug is used for the connection to the computer. PCs have never had such a connector. Today USB is used as interface almost continuously. In this article I would like to describe how you can easily build such an adapter on a paper tape board.
The XoomFloppy was already a small success and went away like the proverbial warm rolls. But now more and more people asked if they could build the whole thing with the well-known interfaces of the ZoomFloppy, i.e. IEEE-488 and Parallel Port. So I sat down again and extended the XoomFloppy. The result was the XoomFloppy Pro.
To connect an old joystick, like the Competition Pro, to a modern PC, you need an adapter. The old joysticks from home computers have an interface that today's computers don't have anymore. On the Internet you can find numerous building suggestions. Today I would like to present a very interesting adapter.
Most people who deal with Commodore hardware will also like the term "ZoomFloppy". I've been using this hardware for some time, too, but I've also been bothered for so long that the board is extremely large and unwieldy. The ZoomFloppy is also delivered as a naked board, without any case. This made me shrink the ZoomFloppy.