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    So I need help identifying a strange video card. This came out of an industrial computer and can run a screen off of an onboard header. All my googling got me basically nothing.
    https://imgur.com/pacMQCD

    Sorry for the URL, but couldn't upload this large of an image so figured Imgur would be the best thing.

    Let me know if you guys want anymore pictures.

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    Changes are that printer isn't made by Datapoint, but rather uses an OEM unit made by someone else.

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    This appears to be an early USB joystick, of some type, but there are no identifying markings on it whatsoever. Windows recognizes it as a HID compliant game controller and says that it's working properly but manipulating it has no effect on the mouse pointer.

    I say "early" because it came from a closed down warehouse that had nothing modern in it. Any ideas?

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    Umm, why would a joystick have any effect on the mouse pointer?
    Look under devices and printers, look for a joystick or controller, right click and select controller properties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dabone View Post
    Umm, why would a joystick have any effect on the mouse pointer?
    Because many HID devices double as a mouse.

    Quote Originally Posted by dabone View Post
    Look under devices and printers, look for a joystick or controller, right click and select controller properties.
    I did. As I wrote, it just identifies itself as a generic "HID compliant game controller".

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberttx View Post
    Because many HID devices double as a mouse.
    Not any game controllers I'm aware of... It's a joystick, it's for joystick things. Has dick-all to do with the mouse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roberttx View Post
    This appears to be an early USB joystick, of some type, but there are no identifying markings on it whatsoever. Windows recognizes it as a HID compliant game controller and says that it's working properly but manipulating it has no effect on the mouse pointer.

    usbjoystick.jpg
    This is a CH Products Mach IV, but I've never seen the USB variant. The original came out in 1987 and presented as both a joystick as well as a serial pointing device (had two leads on the cable). It's possible what you have is old stock modified for modern factory/warehouse use.

    Because of the USB lead, I don't think the original MACH IV software would help you.
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    That printer looks a bit like a Mannesmann Tally/Genicom to me but it's been a very long time since I last saw an MT660


    Cheers,

    Andy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trixter View Post
    This is a CH Products Mach IV, but I've never seen the USB variant. The original came out in 1987 and presented as both a joystick as well as a serial pointing device (had two leads on the cable). It's possible what you have is old stock modified for modern factory/warehouse use.

    Because of the USB lead, I don't think the original MACH IV software would help you.
    Thanks, that's very helpful. Google doesn't find any reference to a USB version, so I'm thinking either modified (as you suggest) or prototype (based on the lack of ID markings).

    I think I may have to open it up and see what's inside. I assume the screws are under the rubber feet.

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