Optical Encoders

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Mouse encoders (or Optical encoders) allow the use of a trackball or spinner and offer the functionality of a mouse hack in an easy-to-use form. They offer several benefits including ease in connecting controls and time savings.



The Opti-PAC allows for easily connecting optical-type arcade control devices including trackballs and spinners to a PC.

Relevant Link: Ultimarc's Opti-PAC Page



Description needed

Relevant Link:
GroovyGameGear's Opti-Wiz Page



Description needed

Relevant Link: Hagstrom's ME4 Page

Mouse Hacks

It's possible to perform a simple hack on a ball-mouse that allows it to connect to a standard trackball. This is done by removing two of the mouse's optical receivers and wiring the trackballs encoders to them.

Relevant Link: How to turn a Mouse into an Arcade Trackball Interface (PDF)

Build Your Own Spinner

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For those of us who would prefer to build their own spinner or cannot afford a retail unit, with a few spare parts that most likely are already lying around, can easily build your own.

Relevant Link: DHansen's Arcade Stupidity Spinner

Relevant Link: BYO "Nasty-Spinner" Thread

List of compatible hard drives:

WD Caviar 1200 210 MB Drive

WD Caviar 11200 1.2 GB Drive

  • Please feel free to add to the list of compatible drives if you have successfully built your own spinner with a drive that is not listed.