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I have an old force feedback steering wheel I would like to use but it is DA-15, is it possible to chop the DA-15 connector and wire up a USB plug?

Thanks ahead of time
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post #2 of 10
No; but you can buy gameport to USB converters (maybe $10) tat would allow you to use the wheel on a computer without a gameport.
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post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by radodrill View Post
No; but you can buy gameport to USB converters (maybe $10) tat would allow you to use the wheel on a computer without a gameport.
no you can

I made one way back

but it will only work if your OS supports DA-15
and win7 does not
and only works with sum game pads
I just by a converters

this should help



Pin 1 +5V +5V DC
Pin 2 B1 Button 1
Pin 3 X1 X axis for joystick 1 (0–100 kΩ)
Pin 4 GND Ground for B1
Pin 5 GND Ground for B2
Pin 6 Y1 Y axis for joystick 1 (0–100 kΩ)
Pin 7 B2 Button 2
Pin 8 +5V +5V DC
Pin 9 +5V +5V DC
Pin 10 B4 Button 4
Pin 11 X2 X axis for joystick 2 (0–100 kΩ)
Pin 12 GND Ground for buttons 3 and 4 (or MIDI out)
Pin 13 Y2 Y axis for joystick 2 (0–100 kΩ)
Pin 14 B3 Button 3
Pin 15 +5 V +5 V DC (or MIDI in, sometimes unconnected)


EDIT: err
I take that back
If I renumber right I solder a usb cord on the game pad pcb board
it's been too long

Edited by 3dfxvoodoo - 3/2/11 at 6:23pm
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@ 3dfxvoodoo

I don't think you understood what I was saying; my statement was that you can't simply splice a USB cable on in place of the gameport plug and expect it to work (which is what the OP was asking), for a gameport based device to work on a USB port you need some sort of converter (intermediate circuitry) in between to translate the data (which is what you made).
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Originally Posted by radodrill View Post
@ 3dfxvoodoo

I don't think you understood what I was saying; my statement was that you can't simply splice a USB cable on in place of the gameport plug and expect it to work (which is what the OP was asking), for a gameport based device to work on a USB port you need some sort of converter (intermediate circuitry) in between to translate the data (which is what you made).
I have
but the game pad MUST support usb

Quote:
Originally Posted by radodrill View Post
@ 3dfxvoodoo
for a gameport based device to work on a USB port you need some sort of converter (intermediate circuitry) in between to translate the data (which is what you made).
no I did not



EDIT:found old joystick
will check my work


not soldered on the pcb board
Edited by 3dfxvoodoo - 3/2/11 at 6:19pm
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Hmm thats unfortunate, I guess I will order an adapter. I tried radio shack thinking they might have one. But alas no, I really cant believe that this world runs on computers and yet computer stores are very hard to find
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post #7 of 10
Quote:
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Hmm thats unfortunate, I guess I will order an adapter. I tried radio shack thinking they might have one. But alas no, I really cant believe that this world runs on computers and yet computer stores are very hard to find
It is probably your best bet

cuz only a small hand full of old gamepads can be used on usb

and on top of that
it wont work in win7 without a adapter

OP: what game pad do you have ?


as for radodrill I have a madcaz joystick right here and it has a usb cord attached to the DA-15 port that I made
and I still use it with my 3dfx rig

I tack it apart, but I have it glued in a plastic cover and it not being easy to remove

what I did was
drilled a hole in the back of the original cover
then solder the usb wires on the DA-15 port
and had the usb cord come out of the drilled hole
as for the pins that I solder I do not know
if it dies sometime soon I take it apart and see what pins I solder
Edited by 3dfxvoodoo - 3/2/11 at 6:35pm
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no I did not
Then your game pad wasn't a traditional gameport based device, but rather a hybrid that has internal circuitry that detects if it's connected to a gameport or a USB port (example is a Logitech wingman extreme joystick); these were fairly popular when USB first came about and typically came with an adapter plug/cable, but fairly quickly dropped out of the market as USB was quickly adopted. Since these "hybrid" game controllers are the minority and invariably came with adapter, it's safe to assume that the OP's wheel does not fall into this category and would require converter.
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Then your game pad wasn't a traditional gameport based device, but rather a hybrid that has internal circuitry that detects if it's connected to a gameport or a USB port (example is a Logitech wingman extreme joystick); these were fairly popular when USB first came about and typically came with an adapter plug/cable, but fairly quickly dropped out of the market as USB was quickly adopted. Since these "hybrid" game controllers are the minority and invariably came with adapter, it's safe to assume that the OP's wheel does not fall into this category and would require converter.
yes it is a hybrid

like I sad before
it MUST support usb
the joystick I had was a older DA-15 only model that I added usb to
the later models had usb
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Its an old logitech steering wheel, I just got all my eyefinity stuff setup so I want to get back into racing games.
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