fixed : where to get an OSX driver for Griffin iMate USB to ADB adapter

Question :

I came across an old Mac gamepad that has an ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) connector and I was wondering if it would be possible to use it with my current Mac.

I also found a ‘Griffin iMate USB to ADB adapter’ that enables me to connect the gamepad to my USB-port. Unfortunately, when I connect it, only the joystick directions work, but not the buttons.

Is there anywhere I can get drivers for the Griffin iMate that would work for OSX ?

 

Answer :

Luckily, the WaybackMachine has a rather good backup off the original Griffin website, and most downloads still work. You can find it here :

Griffin iMate Software @WaybackMachine

This includes iMate-drivers for both MacOS9 and MacOSX (both support MacOSX Classic mode, which is MacOS9 running from inside MacOSX).

for MacOS9 driver version 2.7 and earlier versions are available

for MacOSX driver version 1.5.2 and 1.5.3beta are available

Since these are really old drivers, you will have to try if you can still run in your recent version of OSX / macOS.

If they don’t run, you might even be able to use the iMate OS X SDK (Software Development Kit) to create your own 😉

For Windows PCs there are no drivers needed, but keyboards, mice with extended functions will only be partially supported.

enjoy !

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Old School Mac [1] : share internet among OSX-Windows-OS9

— THIS IS A REPOST FROM LONG WAY BACK ; JUST FOR ENTERTAINMENT — ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MACFIXIT IN 2003

I finally figured out how to share the cable internet connection from my OSX-G4 with my WinMe-PC and my old OS9-Mac !! (without a Router !! – just a Hub !!)

NOTE : I only tested this with WinMe, but it should work with any Win-version from Win95 onwards (because Win95/98/98SE/Me are all from the same OS-family and WinXP is also quite similar – even a little easier on networking)

Here’s how to do it :

STEP 1 : HARDWARE SETUP

  • connect the incoming UTP-cable to the Build-in Ethernet-card on the G4
  • connect the UTP-cable for local networking from the G4’s 2nd Ethernet-card to the Hub
  • connect another UTP-cable from the PC to the Hub
  • connect yet another UTP-cable from the OS9-Mac to the Hub
  • IMPORTANT : make sure that all UTP-cables are connected to ‘normal’ Hub-ports ; do not connect to the Uplink-port, because that will prevent from using the Network-printer

STEP 2 : OSX INTERNET-CONNECTION VIA BUILT-IN ETHERNET-CARD SETUP

  • go to Apple Menu / System Preferences / Network / Built-in Ethernet
  • in TCP/IP : choose ‘Using DHCP’
  • in PPPoE : leave all alone
  • in AppleTalk : choose ‘Off’ [uncheck switch]
  • in Proxies : choose ‘Use Passive…’

STEP 3 : OSX LOCAL NETWORK (LAN)-CONNCETION VIA 2ND ETHERNET-CARD SETUP

  • go to Apple Menu / System Preferences / Network / … [name of 2nd Ethernet-card]
  • in TCP/IP : type IP Address = 192.168.0.1 [or any alternative you choose]
  • in TCP/IP : type Subnet Mask = 255.255.255.0
  • in PPPoE : leave all alone
  • in AppleTalk : choose ‘On’ [check switch]
  • in Proxies : choose ‘Use Passive…’

STEP 4 : OSX LOCAL NETWORK (LAN)-CONNECTION FIREWALL SETUP

  • go to Apple Menu / System Preferences / Sharing / Firewall
  • put Firewall ‘On’
  • add ‘New’ to open an extra connection port
  • click ‘Other’ and type the Port Number that is needed to connect to your Internet Service Provider (ISP)’s Proxy [e.g. 80] -> give this new port a Description [e.g. your ISP’s name]
  • go to Apple Menu / System Preferences / Sharing / Internet
  • put Internet Sharing ‘On’

STEP 5 : WIN-ME (PC) LOCAL NETWORK (LAN)-CONNECTION SETUP

  • go to Start / Preferences / Configuration Panes / Network / Configuration
  • select ‘TCP/IP -> …’ [for your Ethernet-card]
  • select ‘Configure’ : a window ?TCP/IP? opens
  • in IP-address : choose ‘manually configure IP-address’
  • type IP-address = 192.168.0.2 [or any other IP-address you choose]
  • type Subnet Mask = 255.255.255.0
  • in WINS : leave all alone
  • in Gateway : add 192.168.0.1 [the IP-address of the interent-connected OSX-Mac]
  • in DNS-configuration : choose ‘activate DNS’
  • type Host = … [network-name of the OSX-Mac]
  • type Domain = … [network-name ot the Workgroup both the OSX-Mac and PC are part of]
  • add all (normally 2) DNS-server IP-addresses your ISP has provided
  • in Bindings : check both ‘File- and Printer-sharing’ and ‘Client for Microsoft Networks’
  • in Advanced : leave all alone
  • in NetBIOS : leave all alone

STEP 6 : WIN-ME (PC) INTERNET BROWSER SETUP

  • go to Start / Applications / Internet Explorer / Extra / Internet Options
  • in Connections : choose ‘LAN-configuration’
  • in LAN-Configuration : uncheck ‘automatically detect…’
  • in LAN-Configuration : uncheck ‘use automatic configuration script’
  • in LAN-Configuration : check ‘use Proxy
  • type Address = … [the Proxy-IP-address your ISP has provided]
  • type Port = … [the Proxy Port-number your ISP has provided]
  • check ‘do not use Proxy for local …’

STEP 7 : OS9-MAC SETUP

  • go to Apple Menu / Control Panels / TCP/IP
  • choose ‘Configure Manually’
  • type IP Address = 192.168.0.3 [or any other IP-address you choose]
  • type Subnet Mask = 255.255.255.0
  • type Router = 192.168.0.1 [the IP-address of the OSX-Mac]
  • type Nameserver Address = … [the DNS-server IP-addresses your ISP has provided]
  • choose ‘Options’
  • check Make Active ‘Always’
  • go back – choose ‘Info’
  • see if all settings are made correctly
  • go to Internet Explorer / Edit / Preferences / Proxies
  • check ?Web Proxy?
  • type Web Proxy = …. [the Proxy-IP-address your ISP has provided]
  • type Port = … [the Proxy Port-number your ISP has provided]
  • check ?Always Use Web Proxy?

…that’s it – it’s that simple (looking back solutions always seem obvious…)

…but there’s one little flaw : MacOSX 10.2 “Jaguar” automatically turns off Internet Sharing on restart… only upgrading to MacOSX 10.3 “Panther” will fix that…

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in this setup, it’s also very easy to make your PC’s harddisk(s), CDromplayer(s) and floppydisk available for MacOSX :

  • on the Windows Desktop go to ‘My Computer’
  • right-click the icon of the disk or drive you would like to share
  • in the pull-down menu that appears, select ‘Share…’
  • under the Share-tab, select ‘Shared as’
  • type Sharename = … [anything you like]
  • select Access Type = Full
  • click ‘OK’

…now ‘a hand’ has appeared under the icon, meaning this is a ‘shared disk’

to connect from MacOSX :

  • go to Finder / Go / Connect to Server… [or type Apple-K while in the Finder]
  • type Address = smb://192.168.0.2 [the PC’s IP-address]

…and you get a pop-up window asking you which PC-‘shared disk’ to mount

the original post(s) can be found here :

http://archive.macfixitforums.com/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/483947/site_id/1#import