Its not really "failed" as a controller hack
, just my idea totally failed.
That (unattractive) pile was a test for a project I'm working on.
The idea behind the attempt;
Make a female socket from the saturn controller, that would go to the X controller (in this case, a dreamcast controller).
This way, my project can have a controller port for a sega saturn controller, and can then use a wireless receiver for a wireless controller.
I cut the end off of the saturn controllers cord, and replaced it with the female end of an extension cord.
What I know works;
1.) The female end of the saturn cord is functional (I took the two male ends, one from the extension cord, and one cut from the controller, and combined them, to test and make sure I didn't goof up on this.
2.) The saturn hack & dreamcast hack - both pads's wires are soldered correctly, all controllers "functioned" normally when playing with the ground-wire and all button-wires, when testing them with their own respective system.
3.) The voltage - it is tied to both, and both pads require 5 volts. Both pads have a common ground, so I know that the saturn pad is still getting its 5Volts.
But, when I did a test with the two pads connected, and plugged a stock wired sega saturn controller into the female plug of the hacked saturn pad, the dreamcast game had zero
I understand that the common idea behind a pad hack is that I should be using the buttons of the saturn controller, instead of doing some backwards-out-the-IC-chip thing.
I should now say this; I'm not an electronics expert. I've come this far simply by reading guides and asking for help. I'm "mechanically minded," meaning it was easy for me to see the "big picture" of what I'm trying. But this... flaw... in my project, is simply out of my league of understanding.
I went back and re-read a lot of the guides I was following. One thread in a forum suggested that one might remove the IC chip of the pad being hacked, for a scenario similar to what I'm trying. Would removing the hacked saturn pad's IC chip be of any help here?
Help on this would be most appreciated. Its critical that I can make my project have wireless controllers, as its... sort of the point of the entire thing (removing wires from the system).
Also, this is my first post, so Hello & Salutations all!