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mateamargo 03-05-2007 03:46 PM

Gamepad problem
I have a USB ten button joypad from A4Tech (A4Tech EZ-Gamepad GP-8).
It works almost perfect. The only problem is that the Y axis don't work. I can go to the left and right, but no to up and down. The buttons works ok.

It's there any driver that can solve this issue?
or maybe someone can give me some advise to buy a gamepad that works on Ubuntu.


pusrob 03-07-2007 02:16 PM

Hello mateamargo!
I have a Logitech Precision Gamepad,
and it works well. I use Mepis, it uses ubuntu packages too. If you need a more advanced gamepad, maybe you shold choose from these:,crid=2216
Maybe there won't be any problems with Logitech gamepads.

mateamargo 03-07-2007 02:30 PM

So, if I but any Logitech gamepad shouldn't have any problem?
Do you know if there are any known bug with A4Tech?

pusrob 03-07-2007 04:53 PM

Hello mateamargo!
You know, everything is possible. I only told that my gpad works, and there is a very good chance, that the other Logitech gpads will work too, but you can never know. Since there are tons of gpads out there, it is possible that some of them will not work perfectly. There are some ways to find out which gamepad works or no.
1. If you don't want to buy a new gamepad, than maybe you should check out the QJoyPad project (homepage here). Maybe that will help you. Try this before you buy anything.
2. If you really have to buy a new gpad, check out the LQ-HCL ( Hardware Compatibility List) for a "proven to work" gamepad (check here). If you don't want to browse the HCL by manufacturers, than try to use the "search" button (the menu appears), and there type "gamepad" into the "search HCL" section. Some reviews will be found there too.
3. If you or your friend has a laptop, go to the shop with it, ask the shop assisstant if you could try some gpads on the laptop before purchase. Don't forget to take a live distro if no linux on laptop.
Finaly, you must know that a gamepad (or any other hardware) maybe will perfectly work on one distro, and on an other not so perfectly. This hardware usability thing slightly differs from distro to distro, but the average shows, that if something works here, it will work there too (maybe some "hacking" is needed, for example QJoyPad installation :) ).

mateamargo 03-08-2007 07:33 AM

I see, QJoyPad it's like JoyToKey (Windows). But this is to add gamepad support for games that doesn't have it. If my gamepad isn't working well, I don't think that this one solve my problem :(

Maybe is time to renew my gamepad, I will check the HCL


mateamargo 06-06-2007 02:10 PM

I have finally solved my problem. After reading a thread in Ubuntu forums.
The solution: Don't use jscalibrator, use jscal instead.
To install it:

sudo apt-get install joystick
To callibrate:

jscal -c /dev/js0
After doing this, I was able to play xmame with the gamepad without problems.
Hope this will be helpful to someone else.

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