Gamepad that works with Snes9x?

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  1. junior macrumors 6502a

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    I just recently bought a cheap gamepad that gets recognised on OSX but unfortunately doesn't on Snes9x. Anybody know a brand that works and if so, what do you recommend?
     
  2. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

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    I have the Macally iShock II for that (and for any other games that I can use it for). It's basically a Playstation 2 controller, it works perfectly with SNES9x and the nice thing is that you can program some of the extraneous buttons to save/defrost states and the like.

    If you go for it, here's a hint: use the joystick for the games, the directional pad is too sensitive on the diagonal axes. Before I switched to the joystick, I would often be holding down off a jump in F-Zero (to get more air) and an imperceptible twitch of my thumb would send my vehicle veering off the course. Similar results in other games. Just use the joystick.
     
  3. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a

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    Microsoft Sidewinder Gamepad.... very comfortable controller.
     
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    I have a Belkin n45, which gets recognised in OSX, but can't be used in games. It's weird. I'm waiting for Panther to see if it's fixed.
     
  5. junior thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, I didn't realise sidewinders worked with macs, never mind Snes9x. Thanks for the info!


    Daveman Deluxe:
    Thanks for the advice but unfortunately I don't think they sell Macally iShock II here in Tokyo. I may have to go the Microsoft route...
     
  6. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a

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    my gravis eliminator gamepad pro was completely plug-and-play in osx, no drivers or anything, just plug it in and configure the buttons through snes9x's dialog (works with mame too). it's also pretty cheap, less than $20 in most stores.
     
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    if such linking is allowed...

    ...can anyone give any links to sites hosting snes emu games that won't deliver headache inducing porn pop-ups and the '666' extention virus (that killed my G3 many moons ago).

    Cheers in advance.
     
  8. junior thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay rhpenguin, I've bought the sidewinder but it doesn't work on Snes9x!!!
    Hmmm.....

    Are you using XGamepad or Gamepad companion? If so, how do you set it up?

    Does anybody know how to correctly setup one of these apps? Specificly with sidewinder? Thanks!
     
  9. elmimmo macrumors 6502

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    If you have a N64 do not doubt to get an Adaptoid. one of the best gamepads ever made, and readily compatible with Mac OS X and SNES9X Custom out of the box without needing any drivers. If you do not have a N64 pad, the bundle might seem a little expensive, though.
     
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  11. junior thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks Angry Angel. USB Overdrive recognises sidewinder, but the damn thing won't work in Snes9x!!!
    Arrrggggggh!!!:mad:
    Anybody use the Sidewinder/Snes9x combination? Please help!
     
  12. elmimmo macrumors 6502

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    You know there are two versions of SNES9X for Mac OS X, do you? The most up-to-date, and the one I have tried my Adaptoid with success, is called SNES9X Custom, and I get constant 60 fps in my iMac DV 450, except in some of the most cpu intensive games, if I put it it in OpenGL smooth mode fullscreen without mantaining ratio. Maybe it is that YOU do not know how to configure it in the emu? :-?

    In SNES9X Custom, I plugged the Adaptoid and nothing happened. I went to Joystick conf (IIRC, I am in my Windows PC now), and to configure it, I clicked with the mouse one of the displayed buttons, and then hit the appropiate button in the N64 pad to assign it, and repeated with the rest of the buttons.
     
  13. junior thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I have the lates 1.41 build of Snes9X custom.
    And you configure the controller by clicking a button on the controller settings screen and then pressing your joypad button within 2.5 seconds, right?
    Correct me if I am wrong, because I could well be. BTW, as well as configuring within Snes9x, are you using USB overdrive?Or should I be trying with one or the other?
     
  14. elmimmo macrumors 6502

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    I am not using no USB Overdrive or other driver-ish thingy.
    Well, I never counted the seconds it takes me to reach the N64 pad's buttons, but yes, I just push the button right after I click on the virtual one.

    Can you describe, please, what happens when you do that? After I have correctly assigned a button, if I click that button more times the screen provides feedback by darkening the virtual button in the config window. Do you get to do that?
     
  15. junior thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay thanks elmimmo!!! I turned USB overdrive off and it worked!!! I'd only just installed USB overdrive so I don't know why it didn't work 30 minutes ago, but hey, it works great now! Although it's slightly oversensitive in Mario Kart :(

    Thanks everyone for all your suggestions!!!:)
     
  16. elmimmo macrumors 6502

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    The way I understand it, if you do want to use USB overdrive you have to forget about going to the Joystick config menu and go to the Keyboard config menu, since what the USB Overdrive does is mapping the pad's buttons to some keys in the keyboard.

    But if it does work without it, well, I would just dump USBO until the day I find a particular app that does not seem to support standard pads...
     
  17. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a

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    Well, it worked for me... and it works in every other game ive used it it including GeoMAME and NeoMAME
     

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