Joystick cloning

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Re: Joystick cloning

Post by rubber_jonnie » Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:45 pm

exxos wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:14 am

I think the only switches I remember seeing, on the metal dome ones like in the classic 2600 joystick.. And the microswitches which I think were in the stigma ray joystick, where I think there was a spring on top which the joysticks have pressed down.. What I remember there was always prone to breaking. I cannot say I have seen any other switches, but generally I haven't taken many to bits over the years :)
Most of the early sticks I had, including original Atari 2600 types, were of the spring dome type and interestingly, the domes were rarely an issue. Maybe occasionally they lost their spring or cracked, but mostly when sticks broke for me, it was either the plastic shaft cracked/snapped, or the phenolic/paper PCB cracked. I repaired a few PCBs over the years with jumper wire and a soldering iron.

Once microswitched sticks arrived, they were more like arcade sticks in construction, though I still managed to kill more than one, but it was usually down to switch failure.

Ironically, the CX24 Pro Line Atari controllers were supposed to be better than the old 2600 controller, but I find them horrible and narrow, and they make my hand ache, so they weren't really of much use at all.
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Re: Joystick cloning

Post by Neffers » Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:09 pm

I have a couple of those skinny "joy"sticks, they were bundled with a 2600 I was given (no games, boo). Never actually used them as they feel bad enough in the hand to start with!
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Re: Joystick cloning

Post by rubber_jonnie » Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:24 pm

Neffers wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:09 pm
I have a couple of those skinny "joy"sticks, they were bundled with a 2600 I was given (no games, boo). Never actually used them as they feel bad enough in the hand to start with!
Probably the worst stick I ever used TBH, and I've used a lot over the years.
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Atari 520ST (1Meg) + Gotek, 1040STFM + Vortex ATOnce + Gotek, 1040STF long button floppy, 4160 STE with Gotek and ROM switcher, 4160STE with 32Mhz booster, ROM switcher and CosmosEx, not to mention various bare ST boards for testing including a PAK 68/2 :)
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Re: Joystick cloning

Post by Neffers » Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:28 pm

My worst stick award has the the grey Speccy +2 bundled thing in its list of contenders. The grip is attached to the stick with hope and prayers and the leaf switch arrangement is utter garbage.
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Re: Joystick cloning

Post by IngoQ » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:43 pm

I really liked the Competition Pro Joysticks. I tried refurbishing a couple of them bug quickly gave up, when I discovered them available as new:

https://icomp.de/shop-icomp/en/produkt- ... ml#filter=*
competitionpro-7f3ac9c4.jpg
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Re: Joystick cloning

Post by Marsupilami » Tue Jul 03, 2018 3:24 pm

Hi,
If you still plan to do it, a great feature to add would be the wireless (BT?) function, like that :
But..smaller :)
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Re: Joystick cloning

Post by rubber_jonnie » Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:01 pm

IngoQ wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:43 pm
I really liked the Competition Pro Joysticks. I tried refurbishing a couple of them bug quickly gave up, when I discovered them available as new:

https://icomp.de/shop-icomp/en/produkt- ... ml#filter=*

competitionpro-7f3ac9c4.jpg
Exact model I have :)
Collector of old Atari things:
800XL + Ape Warp mod, 2x 1010 cassette, 1050 + Happy mod, 65XE (128k) & XC12, SIO2SD, 2600jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Atari 520ST (1Meg) + Gotek, 1040STFM + Vortex ATOnce + Gotek, 1040STF long button floppy, 4160 STE with Gotek and ROM switcher, 4160STE with 32Mhz booster, ROM switcher and CosmosEx, not to mention various bare ST boards for testing including a PAK 68/2 :)
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Re: Joystick cloning

Post by rubber_jonnie » Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:02 pm

Neffers wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:28 pm
My worst stick award has the the grey Speccy +2 bundled thing in its list of contenders. The grip is attached to the stick with hope and prayers and the leaf switch arrangement is utter garbage.
God, I'd forgotten about the leaf switch days!
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800XL + Ape Warp mod, 2x 1010 cassette, 1050 + Happy mod, 65XE (128k) & XC12, SIO2SD, 2600jr, 7800 and Lynx II
Atari 520ST (1Meg) + Gotek, 1040STFM + Vortex ATOnce + Gotek, 1040STF long button floppy, 4160 STE with Gotek and ROM switcher, 4160STE with 32Mhz booster, ROM switcher and CosmosEx, not to mention various bare ST boards for testing including a PAK 68/2 :)
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Re: Joystick cloning

Post by Neffers » Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:16 pm

One word. Cheetah. Uff.
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Re: Joystick cloning

Post by Forgottenmyname » Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:51 pm

Neffers wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:16 pm
One word. Cheetah. Uff.
I think I have a couple of those, maybe even boxed...... if anyone is feeling desperate enough :D

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