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Dos usb generic joystick drivers

Discussion in 'DOS/Other' started by JonathanFick, Apr 26, 2006.

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  1. JonathanFick

    JonathanFick Thread Starter

    Apr 26, 2006
    I am attempting to get a usb joystick to work in dos.
    I purchaced the joystick/gamepad from Retrozone

    this is what they said about it
    All RetroZone products are standard USB HID gamepads and need no specific drivers. They use the generic USB drivers built into the operating system. Fully supported operating systems include WinXP, Win2k, MacOS9, and MacOSX. Unix/Linux based systems should work. DOS based systems (Win98, WinME) may work, but are not officially supported.

    dos supports usb keyboards,mice, and i have found a ton of info for usb storage devices
    why is there no basic joystick support

    I even found usb support for BeOs here

    This is very frustrating , I want to use these usb controlers but I hate windows

    Please help
  2. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    Perhaps the issue lies with there actually being no native support for USB in DOS, never has been and never will be?

    The only support in later OS's is that provided under the BIOS for keyboard and mouse.

    Windows NT, 2000 and XP do not even have or use DOS, they have a "DOS emulator" that runs under Windows.

    Pure DOS (as in older versions of WIndows, or DOS only PCs will not have the support you require, it was never part of DOS. SOme device makers may have written third party controllers but not many.
  3. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I think you will probably have to "suck it up" and use Windows. ;) DOS is dead, or at least Microsoft is trying to kill it! :D
  4. denbush


    Apr 10, 2006
    I think it is from freedos.org I believe they have USB drivers built into their version of DOS. Might be worth trying if you are not married to MS/PC DOS.
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