How to Modify Atari Controllers to USB
By Scott Stilphen
CONVERTING AN ATARI CX40 STANDARD JOYSTICK
The first half of this article is based on an idea that a friend of mine, Greg Bendokus, had for using an arcade joystick on a PC, using a serial game controller. I helped with the project, and Greg wrote an article about it (LINK 1 and LINK 2). In 2003, I wrote this article about how to make a USB version, using a Gravis Gamepad Pro USB controller. Other controllers can be used, although the specifics of how to convert them may differ. This is a very simple project to do that only requires a few simple tools and can easy be completed within 15 minutes. The best thing is, not only will it cost much less than buying one of those USB reproduction joysticks, you'll have a truly original joystick that the 'action' on those repros can't match!
Start by taking the USB controller apart:
Take the Dremel and cut out the section shown:
With the chip in the orientation shown, pin 1 is the top-right pin.
Carefully solder a wire to each pin (except pin 1, which gets 2 wires):
Next, take the Atari controller apart and remove
the original controller wire. Youíll need to remove the USB controller
wire from the board and run it through the bottom of the Atari case. Be
sure to note where the 4 wires go to on the gamepad board.
Now, solder each wire from the gamepad board to the appropriate contacts on the Atari board:
CONVERTING AN ATARI CX30 PADDLE
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