Apple II joystick

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Apple II joystick please...

plug in type (motherboard) for an Apple plus computer.

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Re: Apple II joystick

Hello mjnurney,
mostly with the Apple II there were the so called "gamepaddles" sold - and they are sold now for an insane price - see the thread "this is laughable"..... real joysticks for the Apple II that were to be pluged in the gameportsocket were just much more rare.... in most cases there was an adapter (x) used that was plugged in the gameportsocket and had at the outside a DB9 shell and the cable was supplied with a plastic collar to be fixed / slided in the case.
the very common solution in those days was to make an adapter like described at:
http://www.harrowalsh.de/Elektronik/APPLEBOX/appleboxgameport.htm
and than use the Apple IIe joystick with the DB9 Plug. Alternate will be to modifiy that joystick with a 16-pin socket that is covered on top with 2K glue after the cable has been soldered to the socket (X).
(X) up till now i have not added such pictures to that page... but i will do that within the next 3 days.....
sincerely
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Re: Apple II joystick

thanks for the info , i have a set of Paddels that came with my Apple II . I can find Apple IIe joysticks on ebay easily with a db9 connector..

time to make an adaptor it seems Smile

thanks.
mike.

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Re: Apple II joystick

Are you looking for a particular brand or style of joystick? I should have 30 or 40 II+ joysticks in storage.

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Re: Apple II joystick

Hi thanks

I always like the thin stick type if you know what I mean but postage to the uk would be steep wouldn't it?

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Re: Apple II joystick

I normally don't do any buying or selling other than local so I really don't know postage.
The nice thing about building an adapter to use a IIe joystick is it makes plugging and unplugging the joystick easier and there's a larger variety of joysticks to choose from.

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Re: Apple II joystick

@speddyg

Is the input for joysticks just pin 1 to pin 1 on a socket ? Db9 or is there more to it...

Thanks
Mike

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Re: Apple II joystick

Hello mjnurney,
sorry it´s not that simple... it seems you did not follow my advice to take a look to the page mentioned above,
otherwise you would have seen the schematic with the pinouts of the used connections and the correct wiring...
the flatcable is just used with the pressplug at the side of the gameport to get clean and reliable connections....
at the other side of the plug the single wirelines must be soldered like displayed in the drawing .....
the simple thing is that you only must connect Apple Joystickplug 1 to that cable and leave away the rest if you don´t
want to extend to use that adapter for expariments too....
sincerely
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Re: Apple II joystick

hello,

yes i did look at your schematic and i meant only that pin 1 to pin1 is an example.

its interesting that PC game controls can be used too.

but at the moment im interested in Apple ii single joysticks...

which i believe is..

( what is the PCB for?)

mobo / joy 1
1 pin 2
2 pin 7
3 pin 1
4
5
6 pin 5
7
8 pin 3

9
10 pin 8
11
12
13
14
15
16

thanks.
mike

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Re: Apple II joystick

Hello Mike,
the pinouts you listed are correct..... the board is for experiments using the gameport as interface....
you can switch relais and by that you can control 220 Volt or 110 Volt devices by the software depending to the used relais and you can use microswitches or reedrelais as sensors and extermal potentiometers for distancecontrol with the experiments you learn to control robotics, build a anti-burglar-securitysystem or you can make a disco-lightorgan ... the limits are only given by your phantasy .... the contribution also contains commented code how to program and use the board....
sincerely speedyG

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