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Need substitute for mouse.

Postby (Jack)ie » Thu Jul 07, 2005 11:06 pm

Does anyone know of a program (I know for a fact that one was written just can't find it) that would allow a joystick to have the same functions as a mouse?

I have owned every Atari computer except for the 400 and Falcon and still have 2 STE's and literally thousands of floppies filled with all kinds of stuff but will not go through all of those without a mouse or a program that would allow a joystick to function as such.

I probably have the joystick program but can't remember the name of it.

Anybody?

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Postby PaulB » Thu Jul 07, 2005 11:28 pm

Sorry I can't help you with the name of that program but.... you can always press alt and use the arrow keys to move the pointer. alt & insert key is the same as mouse click. You probably already know this but just in case you didn't I thought I'd mention it.

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Postby (Jack)ie » Fri Jul 08, 2005 8:23 am

Yep, know the shortcut keys but trying to go through so many floppies this way is pure torture.

Maybe someone will come up with the joystick program or can give a description on how to convert a regular PC mouse to work on the STE.

Thanks anyway.

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Postby unseenmenace » Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:23 am

There is definitely a driver to enable use of a standard 9-pin serial mouse on the ST. Of course you would need a 9-pin to 25-pin adapter to physically connect it.
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Postby simonsunnyboy » Fri Jul 08, 2005 11:17 am

That will not work for programs that bring custom mouse drives (e.q. most games and demos). It should work fine for all cleanly written apps and programs that use GEM.
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Postby ggn » Fri Jul 08, 2005 12:50 pm

Well, I had the program once on my PC's hdd, but it's stored on one of my backup CDs. Can't remember its name. Will try to find it

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Postby bjjones37 » Sat Jul 09, 2005 12:13 am

Best substitute for a mouse that I know of is a trackball and I have a wireless one on my system.
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Postby neo_rg » Sat Jul 09, 2005 7:32 pm

if you have an atari jaguar jag pad then you can use that and a small
program written by mr. pink of the reservoir gods. it's called
"power mouse" and can be found here http://www.reservoir-gods.com/


look in the utils section!

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Postby RetroGamerUK » Sun Jul 10, 2005 6:35 am

Now I know I have already mentioned this more than once BUT,
there was a topic in the LGD forums from a guy who claimed to be selling an adaptor to allow use of USB mouse with the ST(E), I distinctly remember this as I asked him if it would work with my optical mouse and he replied *yes*.

I have asked many times here if/when the LGD forums will return, still nobody knows :(

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Postby jens » Sun Jul 10, 2005 8:29 am

Well - I thimk you will be happy with this piece of software. :)
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Postby (Jack)ie » Sun Jul 10, 2005 10:23 pm

jens wrote:Well - I thimk you will be happy with this piece of software. :)


I'll give it a try and see how it works.

Thanks.

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Postby 030falcon030 » Tue Jul 12, 2005 4:04 pm

it would probably have been quicker and easier to have just got an atari mouse off ebay :wink:
hmmm:/
I have an ste 4mb... with a 20mb powerdrive slimline and a cumana external fdd.
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joystick/mouse

Postby charles » Mon Aug 01, 2005 10:50 pm

i am a long time h.c. atari guy....it really gut under my skin how no one remembered this peice of software(i'd seen it a million times,!!!)
never had a use for it though!!!
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Postby Womble » Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:08 am

Substitute for a mouse eh? Well I am duty bound to suggest a hamster!

Sorry couldnt resist. :lol:

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Postby PaulB » Wed Aug 10, 2005 1:08 am

Surely using a joystick in place of a mouse can't be very accurate (or easy for that matter). I'd be kicking the computer while trying to land the mouse pointer on 'Desktop Info' :P

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Postby 030falcon030 » Wed Aug 10, 2005 11:31 am

i would have gone to ebay and got a atari mouse
hmmm:/
I have an ste 4mb... with a 20mb powerdrive slimline and a cumana external fdd.
And a falcon 14mb w/ ct63 + ctpci

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Re: joystick/mouse

Postby (Jack)ie » Wed Aug 10, 2005 2:58 pm

callaghan wrote:i am a long time h.c. atari guy....it really gut under my skin how no one remembered this peice of software(i'd seen it a million times,!!!)
never had a use for it though!!!


Thanks ! I'll try it out and see if it works. If this is the same program that I have used in the past it should do quite well for my purposes.

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Postby (Jack)ie » Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:10 pm

030falcon030 wrote:i would have gone to ebay and got a atari mouse


Probably the easiest thing to do but I have never used E-bay. If I decide to keep the stuff I have might wind up there for one. If not, might wind up there anyway to sell all this stuff.

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Postby Strider » Thu Aug 18, 2005 11:18 pm

Check this out :
http://www.sunnyvale.fr/

The web site is in French but you can see a picture of a new mouse for Atari computers. Just send a mail in English to "preorder" (click on this name in the text), with your name and the number of mice you want. It's a reservation, the mice should be ready for September. The price is 20 euros per mouse.
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Postby Dark Willow » Sun Aug 28, 2005 6:49 pm

The other thing you might want to conisder if you want to keep the Atari would be to get a PS/2 (standard PC) mouse adapter. The Eiffel (http://www.cps-electronics.co.uk/web/PS2.htm) and the PeST (http://www.cps-electronics.co.uk/web/PS2.htm) are both devices that enable you to do it. If you aren't interested in anything fancy the pest is probabaly the best as it simply plugs into the mouse port on the ST, and you plug a PC mouse into it.

Standard PC serial mice also work. All you need is a 25 to 9 pin serial adapter and a utility to recognise it on the Atari (see file upload). However this will only work in cleanly written GEM apps, for the reasons others have already gone into.
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Postby (Jack)ie » Tue Nov 01, 2005 1:25 pm

Will try the mouse25 program and see if it works. I'm thinking about selling all the stuff I have but I've had it for so long that it seems like a member of the family. :D

Just really want to access the floppies that may have personal information on them but I have more than a thousand and I formatted them using a program that gave them extra storage space so now they can't be read on a PC.

Probably will just wind up ordering another mouse. :)


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