Author Topic: Is it possible to use the dingoo as a joypad for VBA?  (Read 3559 times)

trilbymnokey

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Is it possible to use the dingoo as a joypad for VBA?
« on: February 05, 2010, 06:30:04 pm »
The title says it all, really. There's nothing worse that when I'm playing a GBA game on my Dingoo and the battery runs out.

I can connect the Dingoo to the PC, charging it while I play the game on VisualBoyAdvance, carrying on from my last save, but I HATE using a keyboard to play. Using the Dingoo as a joypad while it charges would be fantastic!

I have VERY little programming experience so I've got no idea how hard a job this could be, but maybe it could be possible within Dingux...??

(BTW, because the Dingoo went off and I didn't exit the emulator, I lost a couple of hours worth of Pokemon Sapphire play time...)  :'(

Is there ANY way I could get my pc to recognize my Dingoo as a joypad?   ???

Thanks in advance! (Karma will be plentiful if you can help...  ;D )
« Last Edit: February 05, 2010, 06:54:12 pm by trilbymonkey »

darfgarf

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Re: Is it possible to use the dingoo as a joypad for VBA?
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2010, 06:56:53 pm »
it's been suggested before, and it's on the dev to-do list :D  just got to think of a decent way of doing it that would work in windows

(maybe get windows networking to the dingoo over usb nicely, then write a driver of somesorts to take data and generate the joystick keypresses)
though you'd still need to get round the driver signing for 7 etc, so it oculd take a while :P

trilbymnokey

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Re: Is it possible to use the dingoo as a joypad for VBA?
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2010, 07:02:50 pm »
Bah, I was hoping it wouldn't be that big a project.  :-\

If there's any devs out there with some time on their hands, this is something I think a lot of users would appreciate!!

(Well, me anyway)  ;D

Edit: What about a Dingux app that kind of emulates itself so when you plug in the usb it fools Windows into thinking it's an existing gamepad? Or is that just idiotic? hehe  :D
« Last Edit: February 05, 2010, 07:05:34 pm by trilbymonkey »

darfgarf

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Re: Is it possible to use the dingoo as a joypad for VBA?
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2010, 07:23:17 pm »
Edit: What about a Dingux app that kind of emulates itself so when you plug in the usb it fools Windows into thinking it's an existing gamepad? Or is that just idiotic? hehe  :D

i'm sure it could be done, if there's someone who knows about that kind of thing XD  i'll start working out ways to do this as i've nothing better to do atm

trilbymnokey

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Re: Is it possible to use the dingoo as a joypad for VBA?
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2010, 07:31:15 pm »
wayhey, nice one darfgarf! It's guys like you that make a Dingoo worth owning! +karma  ;D

I'll be waiting with baited breath for this one!

Edit: I found a similar app for the psp, MAYBE it could help... http://www.psp-hacks.com/2010/01/04/fusa-gamepad-v0-3-released-turn-your-psp-into-a-pcps3-game-pad/  ;D

 Good luck on this one, I'm hoping it can be done!
« Last Edit: February 07, 2010, 11:57:34 am by trilbymonkey »

trilbymnokey

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Re: Is it possible to use the dingoo as a joypad for VBA?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2010, 12:59:24 pm »
I hate bumping posts, but I'm curious how this is coming along...  :)

Any joy?

darfgarf

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Re: Is it possible to use the dingoo as a joypad for VBA?
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2010, 01:09:33 pm »
 ;D  so far nothing, except a few little attempts at generating system-wide keypress events/etc so that a reciever program can generate them and other programs don't need anything special to recognise it...it's very platform specific, so will take a while, no getting hopes up for any magic, as it will be a while

trilbymnokey

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Re: Is it possible to use the dingoo as a joypad for VBA?
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2010, 01:13:30 pm »
Bah, I was half hoping it might be as simple as recoding the psp thingy... But I'm optimistic like that!  ;D

Good luck on this one fellas, the Dingoo would make a fantastic USB controller, well better than half the crappy ones out there!  :D

 

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