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First post, by squelch41

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Thinking about getting a gamepad for my 15 pin gameport. Mainly for games like super stardust, raptor and those arcady type games (ie not flight sims etc that would benefit from analog sticks)

Never had one back in the day - are they any good?

Are there any alternative pads people would recommend? Not looking to spend more than about £15 so nothing too fancy 😀

Is a 486 so no usb - gameport only.

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Reply 1 of 16, by H3nrik V!

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Had one back in the days, was very happy with it, actually so much so I upgraded to a USB version later on ..

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Reply 2 of 16, by H3nrik V!

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IIRC it had a pass through game port connection, so one could chain an extra device on it

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Reply 3 of 16, by Jorpho

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Some (maybe all?) of them are digital-only and will not work in DOS without SDWRGMPD from http://www.bretjohnson.us/ .

I reckon you should just go with whatever gamepad you can find.

Reply 4 of 16, by auron

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note that the sidewinder is officially unsupported under real DOS, you'd need to use it in 9x to work with DOS games. there's some unofficial TSRs around now but i can't say how well they work.

as for the pad itself, it's about passable... i'd be surprised if there was anything that much better around back than as the market was filled with junk, including the gravis gamepad.

Reply 5 of 16, by Horun

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auron wrote on 2020-07-29, 21:44:

note that the sidewinder is officially unsupported under real DOS, you'd need to use it in 9x to work with DOS games. there's some unofficial TSRs around now but i can't say how well they work.

as for the pad itself, it's about passable... i'd be surprised if there was anything that much better around back than as the market was filled with junk, including the gravis gamepad.

Agree ! The pad itself was (like Sidewinder joysticks) built well and no one had much better built hardware at the time. They were designed for Win9x as mentioned but will work in SOME games if you load a 3rd party DOS driver.

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Reply 7 of 16, by aha2940

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Jorpho wrote on 2020-07-29, 21:39:

Some (maybe all?) of them are digital-only and will not work in DOS without SDWRGMPD from http://www.bretjohnson.us/ .

I reckon you should just go with whatever gamepad you can find.

There is (at least) one sidewinder gamepad that supports digital and analog D-pad (the sidewinder pro: http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/39864/ … r-Game-Pad-Pro/), however it's not a good d-pad in any of the usage cases, so that gamepad sucks. I have one, and have used it maybe like 2 hours total since bought it like 20 years ago.

Reply 9 of 16, by Jorpho

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Warlord wrote on 2020-07-30, 04:43:

whats a good gameport gamepad?

Different gamepads are good for different things – especially if you're interested in using something that has Windows drivers. I don't think there's really any point in stressing out over finding one particular model or another.

I have an InterAct PC ProPad 4 stuck in a drawer which I think is pretty neat in that it has an actual +-pad. (I think Nintendo had a patent on those that prevented people from copying it for a long time.)
https://www.amazon.com/InterAct-Propad-SV-231 … e/dp/B00Y74NDK4

Reply 11 of 16, by squelch41

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Thanks all - food for thought
Does the propad 4 need dos drivers or do dos games just recongise it when you opt for joystick?

V4P895P3 VLB Motherboard and AMD 486 133MHz CPU
64mb RAM, CF 4Gb Hard disk,
Realtek 8019 ethernet + XT-IDE bios extension ROM, ES1869 soundcard, Unknown brand VLB multi-io card with Cirrus Logic GD5428 1mb VGA on it.

Reply 13 of 16, by squelch41

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Thanks, went for the propad - £5 on ebay - not exactly a huge investment if doesn't pay off 😉
Thanks the advice

V4P895P3 VLB Motherboard and AMD 486 133MHz CPU
64mb RAM, CF 4Gb Hard disk,
Realtek 8019 ethernet + XT-IDE bios extension ROM, ES1869 soundcard, Unknown brand VLB multi-io card with Cirrus Logic GD5428 1mb VGA on it.

Reply 14 of 16, by lolo799

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Talking about DOS gamepads, I bought that one atleast a year ago:

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