I don’t know whether I understand joystick connection theory better than my hired hand who does the physical work with the soldering gun? He admits he tired a PCB with RJ-45 based adapters once and it failed.
TYo recap I have a jidigtal stick and 11 buttons. The are designed to be verticaly symmertic for rotating 180 degrees and playing eithe rleft or right handed. The buttons are Y-wired into 2 DB37 females (Why DB37, when 25 is sufficient? It’s not sufficient for Colecovision where a) the design employs a 3.5 mm input remapping telephone operator switchboard, and any inpu can be any output and vice versa, and b) there are 2 grounds on CV. Some inputs hook to ground A and others to ground B. So for a versatile joystick, the appropriate ground must be carried wiht the corresponding signal so there’s no problems) One for the standard left stick arrangement, and one for the right stick arrangement assuming Mirror (index-to-index) mapping. Only one will be used at once.
The D37 has 18 inputs, 18 corresponding grounds, and one voltage wire. The way the PRO want to do it is wire the DB37 into the ethernet port on the bottom of the MC Cthulhu. I stopped him thinking, if this is his default mode, I think he doesn’t understand the theory, he’s just the wire monkey.
What I originally thought what SHOULD happen is the 18 inputs (15 in reality, but I got room for L3, R3, and Capture on Switch if some PCB supports it.) should be wired into the sides of the Cthulhu, where QK goes in 1K, MK goes in 2K, ewtc… and then, because pretty much everything except the Colecoviiosn uses one ground, combine the 18 into any one or more of the ground holes. (i don’t know whether the should be separate wires or combined inside the Cthulhu is vitally important or if it’s a matter of preference, but I’d like some advice on that because I’m obviously stepping outside his comfort zone, connecrt the voltage to where it should go and it’s completely ready for PS3. Just supply my own USB B F-> USB A M Cable. To make it work with an RJ45-enabled retro console, get an Ethernet M-M, strip one end put 12345678 into GABCDEFV and the other end should be plugged into a keystone ethernet double female mounted on the box, and from there I plug my RJ-45 M to respective game console adapter.
Am I right for correcting him and trying to stop him? Does the way I want it done make sense? I cannot possibly see how his hookup make sense, but I want to be charitable and assume he’s going off previous knowledge, which does not apply here, because of a radical design change. and not accuse him of being either ignorant or a saboteur, but is that the reason why he’s never successfully hooked up an RJ-45 based PCB? MAybe his way would technically work too, but it frustrates my goals.
Then again, he said he had to do some wiring for a PS3/PC/Mac? Does he literally have the body and the brain for the “hard facts”, but I have the brain that can make sense of maze logic, like for example, I can always seem to figure out the wiring for all 15+ home systems, 2 TVs, Macintosh, HDMI Hub, Composite/S-Video Hub, Component hub, 5 linear media player/(recorders), the internet and phone. And when we talk to each other, he goes by the book and I think outside the box, and he can’t seem to comprehend what I want, nor can I him? I know this is kind of dysfunciotnal, but this is the only avenue I got, and his physical workmanship is excellent.
My ideas are a little too high-falootin’ for most people. Most people, when I describe it wouldn’t touch it. But one different person thought they could take advantage of me by trying to convince me I want 2 different games for 2 different consoles played simultaneously from the same joystick, and charge well more than the agreed amount. The only possible use where that might come in handy is a joystick move recording and playback device. It’s practicality is it controls the input, and therefore is the ultimate test of whether a video game can legally be defined as a skill based game by the easiest no-modding definition. If the video game playback is exactly the same, then you can assume there are no random elements (or rarer than the lottery that the random seeds lined up perfectly.) He was over engineering, and he wanted me to pay for it. And when I say it’s over engineered, based on my unusual picky design choices, that’s something.