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List of V4SA Compatible Keyboards

Martin Andersen

Posts 4
07 Feb 2020 13:13


Apologies if this has been asked before – but is there a list of compatible USB keyboards for the V4SA somewhere?

Specifically I'd like to know which wireless keyboards (if any), such as the Logitech K800 (RF) are compatible. (I assume bluetooth ones would be more difficult, so I am limiting myself to RF ones here.)

I currently use an adapter on CIA-A (U7) on my A1200 in order to have the K800 work natively with the Amiga (in WB & games) and would be very interested to achieve something similar should I decide to go for the standalone Vampire.
My setup more or less requires a wireless kybd (& mouse + joystick, which is achieved via a DB9 "TOM+" adapter and the Gioteck wireless joysticks)

Any input is appreciated, and keep up the good work.


Philippe Flype
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 280
07 Feb 2020 13:46


Here.

https://wiki.apollo-accelerators.com/doku.php/vampire:compatible_usb_input


Martin Andersen

Posts 4
07 Feb 2020 14:10


Thanks Philippe. So then it appears that the Logitech K800 and the Gioteck gamepads are unsupported (or at least just untested)

The K800 is using Logitech's earlier revision Unifying receiver. The Giotecks could potentially be using the boot protocol, though I am unsure. But the adapter these are working on is not that sophisticated, so there is a chance.

btw.–since the list refers to Vampire in general I assume the same equipment will work on both the V2 and V4 Vamps?

Specifically, I was thinking of how a USB keyboard connected to the 1200 V2 would work (alongside the built-in) keyboard?

The adapter I currently use on CIA-A/U7 allow the internal and wireless keyboard to work at the same time (in-game and Workbench) as it simply intercepts the signals.


Philippe Flype
(Apollo Team Member)
Posts 280
07 Feb 2020 16:09


Only the V4 is a standalone machine, with USB ports. So that list applies only for that product, and yes, if not listed, it MAY work or not, either untested or later support.
 
V2 are (quite) classic-accelerators, on which you use the legacy Amiga Joy/Mouse ports.


Martin Andersen

Posts 4
07 Feb 2020 18:18


You are of course right. :) For some reason I thought the V2 A1200 card also had two USB ports on it. Obviously in order to be able to use those in any meaningful way for mouse+joy+kybd peripherals the V2 would have to implement the I/O controller chips in a way similar to Gayle for PCMCIA which would be a bigger task also.

Back OT - maybe someone else on here also wants to test Logitech wireless keyboards with the V4SA. I saw one wl MS keyb. on the list, but no way I am letting those near Amiga hardware as friction would clearly ensue... (and probably also worse things)

Then again, the K800 is one of the better wireless keyboards out there. Even with (meaningful) backlighting and perfect in dark environs.

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