The ST's mouse was/is terrible. Unergonomic and brittle. Back in the 80s I went several months without one, trying to use programs by using the alt-arrow keys to move the cursor because mine broke (and I was broke, too). And then they went and put the mouse/joystick connectors under the keyboard where they were subject to torque and twisting that could cause the leads to break internally, and were a constant hassle to change (lift machine up to swap joystick... accidentally hit reset or power switch on something, or power cable gets pushed out...)
Mice (and floppy drives) are really the weakest link on keeping old STs running. There have been a few adapters around but they usually require either a PS/2 mouse (getting harder to find), or need software drivers. This looks like a great project.
Happy to see some Atari ST content here.
Every few months I had to use my Swiss knife to scrape the accumulated dirt and dust from the axles. With some finesse, so as not to damage the axles.
The mouse could take quite some abuse too. I used to play Arkanoid (also known as Breakout) a lot, at some point. As well as other games which required a lot of clicking and moving around.
But I had buttons fail, and mouse ports break, both. I have a couple sitting around here which still work, but man are they uncomfortable.
Replacement mice back then weren't cheap, either.
I actually built a just-swap-the-pins adapter to use a Xerox Star mouse on my ST.
But there's no reason they couldn't have put the original mouse/joystick ports on the sides, in a similar way. Put one on each side and then make the choice of which is mouse swappable, to be friendly to left handed users.
Not the best industrial design as it was. Kind of neat at first, but then a pain later.
My hunch is that all that makes up for it. I would be very surprised if it breaks off. I’m however not an expert beyond having repaired several surface-mounted connectors that broke off in my own computers.
The original target was Acorn computers, but it works on the AtariST as well: https://www.waitingforfriday.com/?p=827#Atari_ST
I want to plug a specific USB mouse into a 486 and the mouse chipset does not have the PS/2 emulation layer included with most mice produced in the early 2000's :(
ATEN CS82U and IOGEAR GCS1722 are two I looked at. About $55 on Amazon.
Sorry for sounding like the PC police, but for me it's comparable to showing off some plane autopilot system and saying "you can even program it to fly to the nearest skyscraper"...
No Commodore 1351 support?
The article says 1351 compatibility "Commodore 64" is planned. However, any joystick adaptor will be sufficient to emulate a 1350, which just looks like a joystick anyway.