SparkFun 5V step-up board for driving a Spark optical joystick from PS2 dual shock?


#1

Ran a search and didn’t find anyone talking about this thing. A bit curious as to whether or not this would do the trick. I have a stick here that I didn’t want to completely re-tool. At a glance, I don’t see any reason I couldn’t take the 3.3v off the the PSX cable, but then electronics aren’t my forte.


#2

People have talked about something very similar in the past, the conversation is just buried under tons of old posts


#3

Won’t work with a ds2 because that controller isn’t common ground. Would have to use it with a ps1 pad.


#4

Turns out the pad I’m using is PS1 dual shock (late A), so it might just work yet.


#5

Bumping this because I had an MC Cthulhu kicking around in a box of parts - and after much troubleshooting realized that any PS2 adapters I was using caused the Spark stick to work…mostly. 2.8v measured at the stick, and one diagonal consistently failed. Using USB it works perfectly, and measures 4.8v at the stick.

So I ordered the sparkfun board today. I’ll update after it shows up. I’m betting everything will smooth out after this. I suspect the PS360+ board will do the same thing.