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    Default Question about Atari ST mouse/joystick ports

    I'm in the market for an Atari ST but the overwhelming majority of the ones for sale don't come with a mouse. Does the ST use some kind of ST-specific mouse protocol or is it shared with say, the Amiga? I have an Amiga mouse...

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    It uses the same type of mouse as the Amiga (functionally the same as a PC bus/InPort style mouse), but the pinout is different. Many 3rd party mice has a switch to go between ST and Amiga pinouts. You could wire a simple adapter to use an Amiga mouse if needed.

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    There are also various adaptors available that allow the use of a USB mouse.
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    Or really any other common mouse.

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    I've seen those adapters but none of them look like they'd work with the models that have the mouse ports under the keyboard instead of on the sides?

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    No ST has a mouse port on the side. STEs have analogue joystick ports but little software uses them. I guess you might need an extension cable ....

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/383100307339

    or you can make one with ribbon and a couple of IDC DB9...
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