How to hook-up a MicroSoft mouse to an Atari ST

~~~ Newsgroups: comp.sys.atari.st Subject: How to hook-up a MicroSoft mouse to an Atari ST Date: 15 Nov 90 03:41:49 GMT

Here's a repost of my article of wayyyy back (Feb 1989) on how to hook an Microsoft mouse to an Atari ST. No software changes are required. All it takes is creating a special cable between the mouse and the Atari.

I've been using a Microsoft mouse now for around 2 years on my 1040, with nary a glitch. It's so much better than the Atari mouse, I'd never go back. (IMHO)

Well, here is how to connect a Microsoft Mouse to an Atari ST. (520/ 1040) The Atari has a 9-pin D-type connector. The Microsoft Mouse has a rather strange connector on the end. To prevent having to cut the mouse cable up, I made this adaptor. If you still can't follow it, please let me know and I'll try to redescribe it. This does work for me. I've been using it for 6 or so months now [Note, it's been 2 years now!] with no problems at all. It does take some soldering skills, so if you're not so hot at soldering, find a friend to help.

As far as I know, this does not effect your Atari's warranty. However, I have not asked Atari.

Atari ST Microsoft Mouse ST expected signal ----- -- --------- ----- -- -------- ------ 1 5 XB 2 3 XA 3 8 YA 4 9 YB 5 N/C N/C 6 2 Left button 7 N/C +5VDC (N/C) 8* 6 and also tie to pin 1 Ground 9 7 Right button


| 1 | | 2 3 4 5 | | 6 7 8 9 10 | | |


If you can not use the connector, the pins are numbered as follows. This is the connector side from the Microsoft Mouse plug:

    /------------\      This is a view at the front of the connector.
   / Blank "KEY"  \     It is where the plug from the mouse would be.
  /----------------\    The pin labeled 'n' is not connected.
  | n   4   X   8  |    The place labeled 'X' is filled, and does not
  | 9   7   1   2  |    have a pin.
  |     5   6      |
   \              /
    \------------/ 

Have fun!

    -Jeff

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** Jeff Beadles**


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