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Old 10-26-2004, 11:44 AM   #1
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HID compliant gamepad


I have a Gamers Factory HID compliant gamepad that i want to get to work with zSnes, but even though the standard driver is loaded i get no input from it. Is there any way to get it to work? I know there is an option in the kernel to set it, but i dont really want to recompile my kernel, though i will if i have no other option. What's the best way to get it working?
I saw this input driver thing in sourceforge, but it uses CVS and i have no fscking idea of what that is, even though i should :P. Can anyone give me any pointers? playing super metroid with a keyboard is really lame... thanks
 
Old 10-26-2004, 05:13 PM   #2
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When you run zSnes (Im assuming through a terminal) do you see the correct name for your Game controller loaded.


Depending on your specific distro, you might have to first configure you gamepad. I use zSnes with the Belkin Nostromo N45 controller. In order for zSnes to recognize my gamepad i had to first enable it in the Yast controller panel. But all that is Suse specific.

What distro do you have? and try to find the general control panel, mostly likely you can configure your controller through it. Hopefully it is a gui.
 
Old 10-27-2004, 10:06 AM   #3
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I'm using debian, so no GUI for me. I think i probably have to recompile the kernel and turn on the HID compliant thing during recompile. If you know any easier way around i'd be happy to do it.
 
Old 10-27-2004, 10:08 AM   #4
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Im familiar with Debian.

But there is not gui manager in Debian? Gnome or KDE?
 
Old 10-27-2004, 10:15 AM   #5
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I have gnome, KDE and fluxbox installed, but i thought you meant like a GUI manager for editing the XF86config files and stuff like that. Right now i'm using KDE (need multilingual support), but sometimes when i need more CPU power i go fluxbox. Installed gnome first so i just let it sit there.
 
Old 10-27-2004, 10:20 AM   #6
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It may be possible that you can configure controller setting while using gnome or kde. I have suse 9.0 which has a neat controller manager tool called yast. Through yast you can configure controllers connected to all the detected ports. (assuming your kernel has modules for them)
 
Old 10-27-2004, 11:04 AM   #7
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I checked my KDE control panel, got nothing for gamepads. So i went to see what options i could touch in the "mouse" section of peripherals. You can pretty much only fool around with mouse speed and things like that. You cant edit directly the hardware drivers and stuff like that with the control panel. I have to work now, but tommmorrow or friday ill try running around the XF86config file to see if i can setup a gamepad using the same procedure as setting up a mouse. Thanks for the ideas though.

*EDIT* w00t got it to work with QJoyPad, which basically is a cheap wrapper. It reads gamepad input and you assign a keyboard key to it, then you can basically type with your gamepad or joystick, and every program reads keyboard input, so it's all good... :P Now i just have to get my zsnes sound working :P.

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