Looking for Pippin info.

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  1. skunx macrumors newbie

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    I have a controller that looks like a so called AppleJack controller. It says pippin on top and Atmark on the bottom. The connection port is a mac ADB (same form factor as an s-video (4 pin) ). On all pippin images the 2 ports (ADB) look more like a flat connector. So here is what confuses me.

    What controller do I have?
    What does it not have the flat connector?
    What is this controller for?
    Would I be correct in thinking this will not work on a pippin console.
    Is there an adapter to make it work?
    Is this just a mac clone of the controller?
     
  2. Dandu macrumors regular

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  3. skunx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Actually I'm making a USB adapter for it. I think I pretty much have the ADB protocol down but there is no info on the net for the controller itself. Maybe you know some of this info? To write to a ADB device I need the address and register. I'm pretty certain the the register I need is 0 but I can not figure out the address.

    So this is in fact a ADB device since it's intended to work on a mac. Is the pippin flat connector the same thing just with a proprietary connector? That is, a special connector unique to that console right?
     
  4. Dandu macrumors regular

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    Actually, the pad is just a mouse (for the trackball) and a ADB Gamepad. I have tried with a Griffin USB/ADB adapter, and the mouse works with Yosemite.

    And yes, the Pippin use a classic ADB protocol with a "rugged" connector.
     
  5. skunx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok then I would guess that the mouse portion should answer to the mouse address. That helps for now, thx.
     
  6. skunx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was able to get a two byte (x,y) reply from the mouse part of the controller but I tried every address and register combo with no luck getting the button string.
     
  7. skunx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have a better understanding of what is going on now but wondering if there is a place to ask for help? I'm able to communicate with this controller but it only response to a talk command on register 3. That register tells me some basic info about the controller and what address it has. The address is randomly changing and I'm able to use a listen command to set it to a permanent address. Though once set reading to that address does not reply. Is there a forum or group of people that may be able to help?
     
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  9. skunx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Looks like just a bunch of picture?

    I was able to make it respond to the mouse portion. Just can not seem to get it to give me gamepad info. Mouse was address of 0x0e and ox00 (abs / rel). I tried all addresses but nothing else replies.
     

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