plus some users insist on switching off ALL WIFI before these units will work!! No problem switching mine off temporarily, but I can't see the neighbours buying this suggestion!! Hehe, anyway, it didn't make a jot of difference).
Any road, I've tried running my set-up tonight on my 800XL and I'm getting nothing from either controller.
So...those wireless controllers aren't Atari brand? Atari had official RF controllers...now it makes more sense that they have white trim instead of orange if they aren't authentic Atari RF controllers. But if wi-fi and blue tooth signals interfere there's not much you can do except get rid of other radio signals, unless you can change the frequency so it's not in the same range and wi-fi, etc.
I copied this from one of the links above:
Posted Thu Mar 1, 2012 6:30 AM
Believe me, it's only a matter of the order you switch your equipment on!
It sounds strange, but it is...
I could reproduce all your mentioned errors by switching on and off the joysticks/transceiver by accident.
But if I stick to the "right order" there is no problem anymore.
-> switch on the transceiver
-> switch on right then left joystick (wait 5 seconds for "synchronisation")
I have tried UMPTEEN combinations of differing plug ins/outs/polarity settings/AC-DC adaptors and even software to see if it was the game I was testing it on and so far...
NOT A PEEP!
I will try the above though as a final roll of the dice before they get packed and sent to Robofruit as he has offered to check out the electronics to see if a component may have failed.
As you point out, this is not official Atari kit but it looks like it was designed to run with it, but I'm wondering if it only ever was intended for the 2600/Sears/console hardware... perhaps they were never meant for the XL/XE/400/800 range?
I'm next going to contact Atari2600.com and also try the above switch-on procedure and get back to you, mate.
PS. The exact same hardware is shown by this 'dude' and I've tried to follow it and see if I'm not doing some crucial thing or other, or whether or not he advises on what can/can't be used with it, hardware-wise...he's not always easy to hear/translate as he has his heavy metal on and talks about 'puppies' etc... LOL... I reckon he's possibly had a doobie or two over the years...!
Just the same, mate - there is no response at all - as to how you know 'synchronisation' has taken place I havent the foggiest as there are no LEDs that light when the units are talking to each other or no audible bleeps to be heard but I realise that this is 80s technology and we're spoilt rotten these days.
We'll see if Robofruit can get anything out of them trying them with other bits of kit, eg. consoles and whether or not he might be able to pinpoint a faulty component...
You never know - it's an intriguing one... 80s wireless!
Robofruit's been having a good look at these wireless jossies, but we've had to draw a blank with them as we can't get a peep out of them.
Al's tried above and beyond the call of duty (for those of you who understand this arcane science he practises, here's the report rundown from Robofruit himself):
I have just recapped the jossies and the mboard of the Game Mate plus repaired the solder joints and ... nothing !! There are some small caps that look ok but I don't have them so I popped to my local electric retailer. I got some other stuff too and was so excited forgot to check he had put the caps in the bag and he hadn't !! Either that or I lost them on the way home. So I will have to pop up again tomorrow, grr!! Not that I think that the small caps are the issue mind as they are only 10uf and shouldn't give trouble.
So obviously I have wifi everywhere too and so do the neighbours so if these things truly don't work with WIFI then we are stuffed anyway. After the small caps are replaced I really don't know where to go from there. If it's the IC's then I am pretty much sure the board wouldn't survive them being replaced even if I could source them.
Does anybody OUT THERE have any experience of these wireless units?
Can you recommend a course of action (other than trying them in a lead-lined, wireless-free nuke bunker?)
Interestingly, I'd NEVER before come across an ad for them but lo and behold, flicking through a New Atari User (Nov-Dec 91) tonight...
I think you lot are what we yanks like to say, "shit out of luck" with these wireless joysticks in this day and age, unless you live in the country so there are no neighbors with dozens and dozens if radio signals floating around. Send them on to me, I live in the country with no interference once my wi-fi router is off...
Infrared wireless was the big thing in the late 80's and 90's with wireless controllers. If no infrared wireless were ever made for the older systems, I bet you could find some for the Genesis (Megadrive) or Amiga/ST's that would work with our Atari's.
Just as a footnote to the 'wireless jossies' thread that we thoroughly investigated in terms of the Game Mate II system, I see there's a clever chap over on Amibay currently selling these for 279 Swedish Krona or £25 (similar price in $s):
JoyFi - a wireless adapter for joysticks (Amiga, C64, Atari)
This is joyFi v1.0, a joystick-adapter that lets you play games using joysticks wireless-ly; hook the joysticks to the master-board, sit in a sofa 10 metres away from the slave-board that's connected to the computer, and play. No more hassle with cables. The unit has been tested successfully at 8 meters between the units, and in theory it should work up to 15 meters.
Guaranteed tested and confirmed 100% working on any Amiga, Atari and Commodore 64. The adapter should, in theory, work on VIC20 as well, but this has not yet been tested. This version has no support for mice or paddles.
The master board requires a 9V battery (not included).
Latency timings? 6 milliseconds so you shouldn't notice any lag!
8bitbaz: Oh, I'm sure you did, fella. It's my memory again. I d'load these menus but I don't always git chance to go through them all: I must have a bash at these Auras though as they seem to have some cracking bits n bobs onboard. Cheers Brenski & Baker.
Jan 17, 2018 0:03:57 GMT
Baker: I thought I'd posted his site somewhere before on AS, though at that time some of the Synapse area was still "under construction" and the Electronic Novels weren't there. lots of great stuff from all over the world all categorized by country and publisher
Jan 16, 2018 21:18:33 GMT
8bitbaz: Some beauties archived-away there, mate. It's like Christmas all over again!
Jan 16, 2018 20:32:09 GMT
Baker: click on games at the top, then Synapse, then electronic novels. You will still have to get the books and manuals from Atarimania where the uncracked versions are at.
Jan 16, 2018 20:08:54 GMT
8bitbaz: Cheers, Baker. I will investigate... Many thanks
Jan 16, 2018 20:07:55 GMT
8bitbaz: Yes, we seem to have hit another spell of the 'great and the good' passing-on, Brenski. That voice of Delores was indeed something else. My Cranberries faves: Zombie, Ridiculous Thoughts and Desperate Andy...can't think why
Jan 16, 2018 20:07:08 GMT
Baker: Here you go Baz, you still need two drives with both disks in on side 1, when it comes to the password from the book it just shows the hacker's name, no password needed, just continue mrbacardi.000space.com/?i=2
Jan 16, 2018 20:07:07 GMT
8bitbaz: It's not perfect, this new shoutbox, Fred, ie. the BOLD doesn't really look much bolder than normal type and it seems to be italic by default, but I do prefer it to the original, so well done, Brenski. What do other peeps think?
Jan 16, 2018 20:03:37 GMT
8bitbaz: Baker - I'm very interested in those electronic novels - please drop me the link, buddy. Tim, you sound "snowed under" with work, mate. Drop in here for some leisure time whenever you can, fella.
Jan 16, 2018 20:02:28 GMT
8bitbaz: I'm just back from driving through a blizzard in the wilds of Holderness just east of 'Ull. Rum do. Couldn't see a damn thing: white over. Mind, thawing out there now.
Jan 16, 2018 20:01:11 GMT
timothykline: Thanks, 8bitbaz! Incredibly, I'm still pulling 50-hour work-weeks, so makes it tough to participate, much less fawn over my Atari gear. So, I try to stop by for brief visits to see what I get to miss out on.
Jan 16, 2018 19:37:22 GMT
Mclaneinc: Yes, a little confusing...
Jan 16, 2018 18:35:35 GMT
Fred_M: To be honest I think the old shoutbox was much easier to read... What do the other users think?
Jan 16, 2018 18:04:30 GMT