Re: C64 new joystick cables source

From: Mia Magnusson <>
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 04:04:31 +0200
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Den Fri, 1 Sep 2017 20:41:08 +0200 skrev Spiro Trikaliotis
> Hello,
> * On Fri, Sep 01, 2017 at 10:56:28AM +0200 Anders Carlsson wrote:
> > Wavestar Interactive wrote:
> > 
> > >All you need is a female DB-9 (9-pin D-sub) connector and wires
> > >and an outer rubber cord sleeve for the individual wires. Jameco
> > >and just about everyone supplying wires and other electronic parts
> > >have those parts.
> > 
> > I must say that sounds like rather expensive cables, compared to
> > the advice to buy Chinese Genesis knockoff controllers.
> Why not just use a RS232 DB9 extension cable? That should work without
> problems. Just remove the correct side and use it to solder the
> joystick to.

Most RS232 cables have a metal shield. If you try to insert such
connector into the joystic port of a 80's home computer and you
misalign it slightly there is a big risk that the metal shield short
circuits pin 7 and 8 (which is 5V and ground). Poof, time to replace
the fuse in a C64 or maybe even something worse might happen.

All kinds of games that require using port 2 or port 1 on a C64, and
also all kinds of gamles that works best with a Tac-2 or best with a
Wico, means connecting and disconnecting joystics with power turned on.

(It might be a good idea to build a switch, or maybe rather make cables
to use a "pc" 4-1 25-pin dsub switch as they can still be found for
very little money).

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