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Simple gamepad based buttonbox.

Discussion in 'Sim Racing Hardware' started by Marian Zelenka, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Marian Zelenka

    Marian Zelenka
    The downforce is strong with this one. Premium Member

    Finally, I decided to build my own buttonbox because even though I own GT3RS wheel, you just never have enough buttons. :D And I went the same route as other guys did with utilizing an older Genius gamepad with 12 buttons plus 4 directional buttons so I got 16 buttons in total in 4x4 grid.

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    I simplified the PCB as I threw away the PCB part for buttons and replaced analog sticks, 10k Ohms trimmer potenciometers, with 4,7k Ohm resistors and added three jumpers. All buttons except the two on the main PCB are connected in series with 100 Ohm resistors because the resistance of the original buttons. It wasn't hard to figured out schematics as the 2nd pin on CON2A is ground and other pins are for buttons, plus green and red led diode, turbo and mode button.

    For the box I used fiberglass PCB board (Dangerous particles for lungs when cut!) and soldered it together. Then I cut all the holes and wrapped it up with black decorating film.

    I made it fairly quickly and the whole cost of this project was just 15€ because I didn't have to buy everything. So pretty cheap. Tested it today with GSC2012 and worked fine. Now to think about what function to assign to it. :)

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  2. Richard Hessels

    Richard Hessels
    Premium Member

    I made my first button just like this.
    Bought a cheap Trust USB gamepad for 10,- euro.
    Worked perfect for years, even without the resistors.
    Only cut of the parts of the circuitboard that went to the buttons to make it smaller.
    Still use the board now for my homemade gated shifter.
     
  3. Marian Zelenka

    Marian Zelenka
    The downforce is strong with this one. Premium Member

    I had to use those resistors because it was having problems with recognising buttons. I was thinking about shifter too. Gamepads work so good when you don't want to use some rotary encoders for example. Easy and cheap.

    And I was also thinking about F1 styled hand clutch so I could use part of that original analog stick.