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convertin a 10 pin joystick to a usb ? Answered

so i came across the sidewinder pro 3d pro joystick, at a local recycling depot it is the old ten pin connection , i would like to know if it is possible to convert the connection from the ten pin to usb.
any suggestions would be helpful.
many thanks

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seandogue (author)2010-01-22

A 15 pin joystick issues analog voltages for the X and Y axes, which, along with the Digital switch signals are acquired by the soundcard joystick probe and converted inboard into useful signals for the computer program...You'd have to design an A/D into the joystick, then carefully feed its output thru a USB transceiver per some mfg spec (to mimic the intended stick's behavior). A brand spankin new USB joystick will set you back a grand total of $39 US. ( I purchased a logitech usb joystick  around Thanksgiving )

so, yes, but is it worth the trouble? idk.

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didgitalpunk (author)seandogue2011-07-20

yes but you don't find anything as cool as force feedback side winder in usb joysticks. if you do, tell me.

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seandogue (author)didgitalpunk2011-07-20

Oh, I agree. I have a wireless 6-axis for the PS/3, and while it does run out of power with speed and regularity, I far prefer it to a tethered solutions, USB or otherwise. My point was that it might just be simpler and more economical to buy one. Not saying it can't be done.

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lemonie (author)2010-01-21

Not very easily. They operate in different ways, so you'd need a conversion-unit. Do you feel like buying something or putting a lot of time and some expense into making something?

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scottys1972 (author)lemonie2010-01-21

i would put time into building something if possible .
and i would buy something if it wasn't to expensive .
so bit of a and b.

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Doctor What (author)2010-01-21

 Unfortunately, it won't work. 

While it is possible to turn it into a USB connection, your computer won't recognize it. 

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