From: Peter Bennett
Subject: Re: DB-9 to USB adaptor for games controller querstion
Date: Sun, 03 Nov 2002 18:59:14 -0800
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On Sun, 03 Nov 2002 22:16:33 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (klmok) wrote:
>This may sound like reinventing the wheel but it is not.
>I have a multi-switch input device from the TASH line #5024 PENTA
>This switch assembly is for a disabled person. My objective is to use
>the PENTA and allow that person to play videogames as in the latest
>PlayStation and Nintendo consoles.
>The game controllers for these game cubes have USB input connectors.
>The TASH type switches have a DB-9 connector with ON-OFF functionality
>There are off-the-shelf serial port DB-9 to USB adapters for around
>$30 a unit. I don't know anything about these USB adapters.
>Is it possible to plug in the TASH type PENTA switch device with a
>DB-9 connector to this USB adapter and get it to play videogames?
Although these switches use a connector that looks like a PC serial
connector, they ARE NOT serial RS-232 devices, so cannot be used with
an RS-232 => USB adaptor.
>If possible does anyone know the DB-9 pin-outs I have to comply with.
I just happen to have a TASH switch tester handy, having once done
some work for the local Kinsmen rehab people. It appears that pins 1,
2, 3, 4 and 6 of the connector are up, down, left, right, and center
respectively, with pin 8 being common. That is, when the switch is
pushed up, it will make a connection between 8 and 1.
It is possible that a USB parallel port adaptor would handle this, but
you should probably contact TASH for assistance.
>Thanks in advance.
Peter Bennett, VE7CEI
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