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I have an old madCatz racing wheel for the playstation 2. The gas and brake pedals are connected to the wheel by a serial port. I just bought a usb racing wheel for the PC but it lacks pedals so I wanted to see if I could get these old madCatz working. I just installed the serial port in my motherboard, but now I have a problem with software. Nothing will recognize the pedal. I was wondering if there are any programs or drivers out there that will allow me to set the pedals up to work. Any advice would be appreciated!

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it's theoretically possible to do, but will take some work. the pedals may not be using a standard pinout for the "serial connection". best place to start is by digging up any specs/schematics you can for the specific model you have. you may be looking at disassembling the pedals and/or writing your own drivers for them. – quack quixote Mar 14 '10 at 1:51

It may use a DE-9 (no, it's not DB-9) connector, but that doesn't mean it's RS232 serial. In fact, it almost certainly isn't. If I'm correct on this, that means they won't work.

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kind of what i meant by "non-standard pinout" in my earlier comment. but you're not quite correct; it doesn't mean they won't work, it just means they won't work without additional hardware -- you'd need some sort of adapter to translate from RS232 to whatever the pedals use. – quack quixote Mar 14 '10 at 2:30
@~quack: The original question specifically stated "I was wondering if there are any programs or drivers out there that will allow me to set the pedals up to work." -- and if they use a nonstandard pinout as I suspect (and suggested), the answer is no. Building a custom interface was not asked, nor is it reasonably within the scope of the question asked. – Alexander Burke Mar 14 '10 at 7:58
On a more constructive note, it is likely the pedals are just potentiometers with (at least) two terminals connected to pins (possibly with one or more common pin). This can easily be verified by measuring resistance with a multimeter. If so, a simple passive device would make it interface with a standard game port. I believe more complex circuitry would be needed to connect it to something else. – Eroen Mar 19 '12 at 22:09

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