How to Convert a Joystick from Parallel to USB

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Older joysticks for gaming were designed to connect to a computer or game console with a parallel port connector, which is similar to the cable and plug connecting a printer to a computer. USB cables represent an improvement over the old parallel plugs due to the simplicity and speed of the connection, as well as faster data transfer.

While it is possible to cut the old parallel plug off a joystick and rewire it to a USB plug, the process is time-consuming, unreliable and likely beyond the capabilities of anyone but a skilled electronics technician. Instead, try this simple trick for converting a joystick to USB from parallel.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Parallel-to-USB adapter cable
  • Joystick with parallel plug
  • Computer or gaming system with free USB port

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  1. 1

    Buy a parallel-to-USB adapter cable, available at many electronics stores or online.

  2. 2

    Disconnect the joystick's parallel plug from the gaming system or computer.

  3. 3

    Plug the parallel connector from the joystick into the parallel port on one end of the parallel-to-USB adapter cable.

  4. 4

    Plug the USB connector on the adapter cable into a free USB port on your computer or gaming system.

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