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    programable buttons from joystick on lcd?

    I just won this microsoft joystick (programming contest,... I am a geek), and I was thinking, what if I could take the programmable buttons out of the joystick, and stick them in.. say.. the lcd bezel..



    I would love to have well integrated volume and up/down-mp3-selection buttons... you know, that look like car radio buttons. Any ideas/comments on this?
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    Ive thought about doing that, except instead of expensive joystick buttons, just buy cheap buttons and wire them to a usb keyboard controller. you can get cheap keyboards for $5, and since its usb, you can have it plugged in at the same time as a regular one (either usb or ps2).
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    In my setup i will be using a gravis pro gamepad for just the thing you are talking about. Its a small unit fashoned after a ps1 controler. It ueses those little disc type rubber button things that you push down onto a mesh of connectors(please pardon my butchery of what is going on) so basically im just going to tap the conductors that get connected on the push of a button... install my own buttons and just use the unit as a controller. It has a handy lil program for infocus program keyboard commandsets. That and it was laying in my junk pile so it was free. It seems to be one of the easiest solutions for the price too as they are only like 20 bucks or so and they have 14 buttons.

    If i have made this totally unclear and your actualy interested shoot me a pm and ill try to be less of a tool and provide pics and shiz.

    -Dustin

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    On my current project I am going to be using a Belkin Nostromo n50 SpeedPad. It was $20 and has 56 programable functions. It feels nice under the hand, looks good and can be tied to many profiles for whatever your doing with it.

    Nostromo

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    This is for Moose. did u ever get ur Belkin Nostromo n50 SpeedPad to work for the carputer? if so, how is it workin so far? i have one of them and if ur works i just might use mine also...

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    I have the SpeedPad as well, but have not yet used it for carputing. I mainly use it for FPS stuff. There sure is a lot of potential for this controller though.
    The only thing that stopped me from putting it in my car is that it is only for left hands. If you are in the UK or Australia it would be perfect. Maybe mount it in the door if you have the door style with arm rests molded into the door. I considered setting it up for the passenger to use but I decided I just don't care enough about them Let me know if you find a solution for it.

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    well i got my PS One up and goin on a test rig(800x600). and the SpeedPad up and goin too. so far i can controll the play functions: play, stop, next, previous and pause. im tryin to figure out how to do the volume, with the dail on the pad and try to get it eject a cd. so far so gud. if it dont work out off to the next game pad or i might even try out a number pad for a laptop

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