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To verify operation, first try in a game controller app/test program. Do not reply on an emulator - there could be an emualtor setting/mapping problem. On windows -
Select the adapter in the list and click Properties button. Check the various controller functions.
Try a different USB cable or plug into a different USB jack.
The enumeration seems to always stall under WinXP if, when the first time it is plugged into a computer, it is plugged into a USB 1.1 port. If windows does not give the device installed and ready to use notification within 30 seconds after plugging in, simply unplug and plug it back in. After that, it should install and operate fine. You can also go into Device Manager, right click on it, and select Update Driver… to restart the enumeration.
The 'daptor might be going into firmware update mode. If a button/switch connected to internal terminal 4 is on when the USB is being plugged in, the 'daptor will go into firmware update mode. If so, just unplug and replug the USB, ensuring any such button or switch is off. Once the LED starts flashing, the 'daptor has booted up and any button/switch on terminal 4 can be used freely without the 'daptor going into firmware update mode.
See the individual adapter pages for their switch settings.
Is the Paddle controller worn? Try using them in a real 2600 if you have one. Paddle A is susceptible to wearing out as it used exclusively for one-player games. Paddle B is often still good. Try Paddle B in a two-player game or use the swap Paddle option in Stella (Options->Game Properties->Controller->Swap Paddles) that makes Paddle B player one. You can swap the pots if you have a bad one. I found controllers that have connectors inside so the wires just plugged on making it easy. But I have also have others with the wires were soldered on. Another possible source of this problem - the 9-pin connector could have worn or dirty contacts.
Need to install evdev-joystick found here. See the included README file for instructions. Thanks to Stephen @ Stella for providing this.
A real 2600 only uses about 10% the paddle controller’s range of motion. The outer red lines on the tape in the below pic mark the full range used on a real 2600. The 2600-daptor has been calibrated to give this same range under Stella.
You will want to set Joystick Deadband to 0.0. If using a GUI, try right-click on the game system, Properties, Controllers tab to find this setting. Joystick Saturation will also affect paddle operation - try 1.0. You want to just set this on individual game systems, as opposed to global.
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