How to test a Madcatz TE stick without a console?

I ordered two Round Two TE sticks for the PS3 to my parents house in the US and I am going to pick them up over Christmas. I would like to test them out and make sure all the buttons work before the 30 day return policy expires, but my parents don’t have a PS3.

Am I correct in assuming that testing them on a PC will be as good as testing them on a console? What about the PS home button; does it register on PC?

well, your TE stick may not even work on your PC, check this out below

anyway, yes if all the buttons work they will show up when testing in the windows game controller panel.

got pc?

thanks for the response. I read that post and Think I understand everything. My parents have a desktop running Vista and a Laptop running XP so even if one doesn’t work the other should… might…

Am I being stupid here? but why don’t you just get a multi meter and check for continuity?

Cool cause everyone has a multimeter just lying around, and the knowledge on how to use it properly. Good idea!

i have a 360 te. what game is good to test it out on a computer? i cant put roms on my computer, because i would use those. any online flash games or something of the like?

Multi-meters can run you under $10. Also if he has access to this forum, i’m going to assume he has access to google to search for how to check continuity. Checking for continuity isn’t hard. Trying to take your snarky reply as serious though, is hard for me :[

to clarify, his suggestion was completely valid, there was absolutely no reason for you to be a dick about it.

Using a multimeter in this case is not necessary - testing for button continuity could come up clean, but without plugging the stick in how do you know if the motherboard doesn’t have a fault?

destroyers - plug your sticks into one of the computers and open the “game controllers” program which can be found in the Windows control panel (on Vista you might need to switch to classic view). If the sticks are being recognised, then great - you can test out the buttons and joystick to your heart’s content.

As for a game, you could always try installing a PC copy of street fighter four. It might run slowly if it works at all, but you should be familiar with the game.

There a tool in windows, Control Panel -> Game Controllers, select the controller and hit properties. You can see the directions you’re pushing plus the buttons you’re pushing. Theres no need to test in an actual game to verify it works.

Also, telling somebody to get a multimeter to test if a joystick works or not is a terrible idea. Firstly, you’re going to have him open his stick and risk breaking something or voiding the warranty when the entire point is to test during the warranty period, secondly its an overly technical way to check if it works or not and way overkill, and thirdly it doesn’t detect any issues with burnt out motherboard chips or defects at all.

I wasn’t aware of that program, no worries. I was pointing out that he could test the pins on the USB, no more, no less.