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Atari Paddle controller DE-9 pinout

The Paddles are just two Potentiometers with a push swtich in a plastic shell. The analogue controls use unused pins from the Atari joystick while the buttons use the left and right ones. The Pots share the same VCC while outputting the current through their own respective pins. They can be hooked up to an Atari 2600 with a joystick connected to the same DE-9 port and not interfere with the joystick, aside from the buttons using Left and Right.

Pin
Number
Pin
Name
Description (may be empty)
1 N/A  Not connected
2 N/A  Not connected
3 P1B  Paddle 1 Button
4 P2B  Paddle 2 Button 
5 P2O  Paddle 2 Pot Output
6 N/A  Not connected
7 VCC  VCC for Pots
8 GND  Ground for Buttons
9 P1O  Paddle 1 Pot Output

 

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