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They are pretty basic 7400 series logic chips. The 7404 is a hex inverter. It does what you'd imagine an inverter does. The 7414 is a hex inverting Schmitt trigger. Plenty of pages that explain what a Schmitt trigger is. I assume it is used with the ABC and L/R buttons to clean up any bouncing issues. Though it's been a LONG time since I've dealt w/ this kind of hardware so I could be talking out my rear end without following the traces on those photos.

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Nah, they're not using for debouncing (most games scan the controllers only once per frame, so every 16.7 or 20 ms ; that's slow enough not to require debouncing). They're just used as buffers. The standard controller uses a single 74HC244 chip for this. I'm not sure why they used two chips for the Pro controller (it's a better design, but also more expensive, and Atari was known to be penny-pinching).

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The two chips are pretty inexpensive and readily available. If I understand the documentation, they are really just to remove noise from the signal. Particularly useful when reading switches, or in this case buttons. They wouldn't have any programming on them other than the predefined circuits, correct? In other words, I could just order some and put them in line without issue?

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Given the unrealistically high price for a Pro controller I was about to ask of there was a Jag to USB converter and then I found this:

 

http://www.raphnet.net/electronique/jaguar_usb/index_en.php

 

Has anyone used one to connect something like an 8Bitdo NES style controller to the Jag? (I appreciate we would be missing the keypad buttons)

 

Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk

 

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It looks like that converter might only be to allow a Jag controller to be used with Windows or Linux and not for a USB controller to be used with the Jag.

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Given the unrealistically high price for a Pro controller I was about to ask of there was a Jag to USB converter and then I found this:

 

http://www.raphnet.net/electronique/jaguar_usb/index_en.php

 

Has anyone used one to connect something like an 8Bitdo NES style controller to the Jag? (I appreciate we would be missing the keypad buttons)

 

Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk

That adapter allows you to use a Jag controller on a computer. Not sure why you'd think that allows a USB controller to be used on the Jag.

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JAG (Jaguar Awareness Group) Warning: prolonged exposure to the Jaguar forum may cause side effects such as apathy, depression, mood swings, and chronic sarcasm. If you notice those or any other unexpected behavior changes, please discontinue use immediately and consult a specialist.

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JAG (Jaguar Awareness Group) Warning: prolonged exposure to the Jaguar forum may cause side effects such as apathy, depression, mood swings, and chronic sarcasm. If you notice those or any other unexpected behavior changes, please discontinue use immediately and consult a specialist.

I think I was already clinic when I picked Jag as my main console for collecting. Bless nostalgia and the love of quirky things, at least diving back into this system has been fun, even if it's rough to explain "Why Jaguar?"

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I wonder that this hasn`t popped up here yet but apparently new Pro Controllers will be made according to a post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AtariJaguar64/posts/1848381541855819

 

If this is true and they are of good qualtiy (the information is still a little sparse) then this is really good news.

I saw this post too and I'm definitely interested in a pair if the quality matches the original Atari controllers. Hopefully they can provide detailed information soon. I imagine that they can sell at least a few hundred at that price point.

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