[mythtv-users] Slightly OT: X-Gaming Joystick for MythGame

Joe Votour joevph at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 7 16:23:35 UTC 2006

> Thanks for the info.  Do I need to load some kernel module or...
> (shudder)... recompile the kernel for support?
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>> I'm thinking of buying the X-Gaming X-Arcade Dual Joystick
>> (http://www.xgaming.com/two-player.shtml).  Do any of you guys have
>> experience with this, and specifically using it within MythGame
> (xmame)
>> without issues?  Hopefully it's supported out-of-the-box (no kernel
>> recompiling or something crazy to get it to work...) in FC5...
> I've had one for quite some time now.  It works fine with xmame, you
> just
> need to pass in the parameter that tells it to use the use the XArcade
> button mappings.  There's a file (xarcade.cfg ?) that comes with the
> source distributions of xmame (I haven't found it in the binary
> distributions) that declares the buttons, and the command line argument
> is
> "-ctrlr xarcade" (pass in "-ctrlr_directory" to specify the location of
> the file if necessary).
> Works marvelously for my favorite game, Mortal Kombat II.
> -- Joe

No special modules or recompile needed, it acts as a PS/2 keyboard.  If
you press the buttons while not in xmame, it will send actual keyboard
presses (i.e. space bar, shift, CTRL, etc.).  You connect your regular
keyboard into a PS/2 port on the joystick itself, and connect the joystick
to the PS/2 keyboard port on your computer, via a DB-9 (don't remember if
it's standard serial or NULL modem) and their DB-9 to PS/2 adaptor.

This is for the model without the embedded trackball, I don't know about
the newer one with the trackball.

For those people who wish to use a USB connection, there is a USB adaptor
for it also, but I haven't used it, so I can't say how it works.

-- Joe

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