DIY Game Port to USB Converter

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DIY Game Port to USB Converter
You can use an adaptor to use serial controllers with a USB interface. (black video games controler or games pad image by Warren Millar from

Game controllers have not always been in the universally accepted USB interface. Back before USB 2.0 was even a thought, game controllers came with a serial interface. The bulky serial interface eventually was phased out by USB. You can still use those game controllers if you use a converter that converts serial to USB.

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Things you need

  • Game controller
  • Serial-to-USB adaptor

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  1. 1

    Unplug the game controller from any port to which it may be connected.

  2. 2

    Insert the serial-to-USB adaptor into one your computer's USB ports.

  3. 3

    Connect the game controller to the adaptor's open serial end.

  4. 4

    Turn your computer on and the serial-to-USB adaptor automatically installs the appropriate drivers from the game controller that is connected to it.

  5. 5

    Restart your computer. The game controller is now accessible from your computer using the adaptor.

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