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Old 11-11-2011, 11:06 AM   #1
al1979
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Talking Com port usage


Hello.

I have many game machine emulators on my debian system and I enjoy them thoroughly,

I also have I sega megadrive game pad that plugs into the com port on the pc.

It would be really good if I could play the games with this pad.

I want to write or get a small program that will activate the com port so it can read the signals from the pad.

Where do I start?

Many Thanks for your help
 
Old 11-11-2011, 06:22 PM   #2
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Support for many of the old gamepads is included in the Linux kernel, and the kernel documentation shows how to wire them to the parallel port:

http://www.mjmwired.net/kernel/Docum...ck-parport.txt

Even though the connector may be similar, trying to connect the gamepad directly to the serial port isn't going to work without additional circuitry.
 
  


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