How can I convert an Atari 2600 Paddle (knob) controller connect to my old laptop Answered
I am working on modding my old laptop inside a destroyed Atari 2600, and i'm running into a problem adapting the Paddle controllers to be visible to Windows, and I don't have the money to buy 2 of the adapters that are sold online.
I know it's possible to convert a pentiometer to a PC (which is what's inside the Paddle controllers, a 5v pot) and I just need a way to make it seen on my PC (either as a joypad through software or modification of something)
I have plenty of old hardware available, including keyboards (which will be used to adapt the Joysticks) and ball mice (which I think might work properly, Convert the pot movement to X\Y movement, and the buttons to Right\Left click)
What I am wondering is if anyone has ever converted these to PC before WITHOUT any sort of fancy, pay for, pre-made adapter.
Ports available on my laptop emulator: serial, Parallel, 1x USB, IRDA, Dell Expantion port, 1x PS\2 port (2x if I build an adapter)