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[hemmerling] Input Devices ( Keyboard, Mouse, Joystick, Scanner... )


My Keyboard & Mouse Set "CHERRY CyBo@rd Plus"

My PEARL Keyboard & Mouse Sets

My Keyboard & Mouse Set "PEARL Funktastatur QWERTZ mit Funk-Maus"

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  • My smartphone with “Android 6” operating system recognizes the keyboard & mouse set at “Settings / Language & Input / Physical Keyboard” as “MOSART Semi. 2.4G Keyboard Mouse”.

My Keyboard & Mouse Set "GeneralKeys Funk-Tastatur-Maus-Kombination 2,4 GHz, PEARL Edition"

Keyboards with Russian / Ukrainian and German Letters




Some other Keyboards

Power Unit for Accu Loading

Keyboard Drivers


Mouse and Joystick

Mouse / Mice

Mouse with cable, Wireless Mouse

  • Microsoft Mouse.
    • In the 1990th, Microsoft did not offer current Mouse drivers for MSDOS ( “” ) as download on it's website, but published “Mouse Driver updates, contact Microsoft Sales at (800) 426-9400” :-(.
    • I got 2x “Microsoft Mouse” devices as gift from a electronics parts distributor in the mid2010th, powered by 1x AA battery. ATTENTION: The devices have a barely recognizable ON/OFF switch at the bottom of the mouse.
  • Genius, a (former?) Mouse manufacturer.
  • Logitech Europe S.A., Mouse manufacturer.
    • I got 1x “Logitech Mouse” device as gift from a electronics manufacturer in the mid2010th, powered by 2x AA battery. ATTENTION: The mouse is no “Mouse Device” known to any modern operating system ( i.e. Linux, Windows, AndroidOS, MacOS,.. ), but a “USB receiver”. You need a speecial Logitec driver !!!
        • There are drivers for Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, MacOS, Chrome OS.
        • There are no drivers for Linux.
        • “Connect up to six Logitech mice and keyboards to a single Unifying USB receiver. You no longer need a different receiver for each device. For example, you may have a keyboard and mouse at home, other devices at work, and a mobile mouse when you’re on the go – all can be connected to the same Logitech Unifying receiver and be instantly ready to use”.
        • “Add devices to your Unifying receiver. This software will allow you to add or remove compatible mice, keyboards and other devices to your unifying receiver. The tiny receiver stays plugged in. Because the Unifying receiver is so small, you can leave it permanently plugged into your notebook and it only uses one USB port, so you’ll have ports free for other things”.
        • “Supported platforms: Chrome OS, Mac OS, Windows. Not officially supported: Linux”.

Mouseclick Automation Software

  • Goldensoft "GS Auto Clicker" - “GS Auto Clicker is a useful tool to automatically click mouse instead of hand. If you click mouse frequently when you are playing game or working, this application can release your finger and save your time. You will simply need to press one specific HotKey, and GS Auto Clicker will then help you finish clicking, the application even lets you record sequences of clicks on different parts of the screen to be used over and over. From the Options menu, you can select which mouse button to use and also select single or double clicks. The application can also be set to continue clicking until it's stopped or to click just a certain number of times, and you can adjust the interval between clicks in hours, minutes, seconds, or milliseconds”.

Wireless Presentation Pointers

Special Presentation Systems


Joystick Hardware

  • My Microsoft Sidewinder joystick.
    • My “Gravis PC GamePad”.
      • The handles are easy to break by rather low users´s force, by construction, but this is a wanted effect, because else the GRAVIS Gamepad itself would be damaged.
      • In the early 2000ths, if You lived in Europe and if Your gray handles of Your GRAVIS Gamepads were broken, you could ask for free replacement :-).
        • Call a free GRAVIS service hotlines. The hotline for Germany was +49-(0)130 810654 :-).
        • Or You just sent a FAX to +31-(0)343 563225 with Your name and address, and that you need gray handles, and the number of wanted handles.
    • My Joystick “Gravis Firebird 1” ( not “Gravis Firebird 2” ).
      • In the early 2000ths, there was a hardware upgrade from Firebird 1 to Firebird 2, but it was not yet available in Europe when I asked for it, and it was quiet expensive, $19.95. So I did not upgrade.

Windows Configuration Software for Joysticks

  • JoyToKey ( no “www.” ).
    • “Configuration data will be by default stored under “JoyToKey” folder in user’s Document folder. In case you upgraded from an old version of JoyToKey (version 6.2 or older), please copy (or move) the old 'JoyToKey' folder into your Document’s 'JoyToKey' folder (especially JoyToKey.ini and *.cfg files) so that you can continue to access your configuration data”.
    • “C:\Users\Administrator\Documents\JoyToKey”.
  • WinFuture "JoyToKey - Tastatur- und Mauseingaben mit dem Joystick" - “JoyToKey ist Shareware, allerdings kann es ohne größere Funktionseinschränkungen beliebig lange getestet werden”.
Pinnacle Game Profiler
  • WinFuture "Xpadder - Maus- und Tastatureingaben mit dem Gamepad" - “Xpadder ist Shareware und kostet 7,99 Euro. Eine kostenlose Demo-Version stellt der Entwickler nicht zur Verfügung. Wir bieten Ihnen hier die letzte als Freeware veröffentlichte Version 5.3 an. Offiziell unterstützt diese nur die Betriebssysteme Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista und Windows Server 2003, mit einem Trick lässt sie sich allerdings auch unter Windows 7 nutzen: Dafür klicken Sie mit der rechten Maustaste auf die EXE-Datei, wählen 'Eigenschaften' aus, wechseln zum Reiter 'Kompatibilität' und aktivieren dort den Kompatibilitätsmodus für Windows Vista. In unserem Test funktionierte Xpadder leider nicht unter Windows 8.1”.

Joystick to USB Adapter

  • Amazon.DE "USB to 15 Pin Joystick Gameport Converter Adaptor" - “Does not fit the Microsoft Sidewinder joysticks” :-(.
    • “Zur Verwendung mit dem SideWinder Game Pad”.
    • “Technically this is not an adapter for the Sidewinder Pro. It is a DB15 to USB adapter. It is a good thing I am electronically inclined, I found a guide to remedy the issue of the joystick not being seen in windoze. I removed the bottom plate and soldered two pins together on the motherboard. Now the adapter works as it should, I have full functionality in win10”.
    • “This product does not work with purely analogue joysticks. It is designed to pass only 4 USB wires through and contains no circuitry - no analogue to digital converter. Pin 1 USB goes to Pin 1 D15 (+5VDC). Pin 4 USB goes to Pin 4 D15 (GND). Pin 2 USB goes to Pin 14 D15 (data). Pin 3 USB goes to Pin 10 D15 (data). Once upon a time, certain models of Microsoft Sidewinder had a D15 connector, and came with a D15 to USB adapter such as this. The Sidewinder would auto detect if it was connected to the gameport, or to a USB port. The smarts to autodetect were built into the stick / pad, not the cable selling here”.
  • "USB Adapter Kabel beige, InLine USB zu PS/2 / Konverter - Nr. 33101" - “Dieser Adapter ist kein Converter! Es sind auch keine Treiber vorhanden. Der Adapter ist zum Einsatz mit sogenannten Kombigeräten gedacht und wandelt keine Gameport-Schnittstelle in eine USB-Schnittstelle um” :-(.



2D / 3D Input Devices


  • Similar hardware & software concept as “Leap Motion”, but different marketing concept and different vendor's vision.

Leap Motion


Microsoft Hololens

Microsoft Kinect

  • Lighting is not needed.
  • The Windows device is equipped with advanced features, in comparison to the original X-Box device.
  • The device might be used for low-budget motion capture :-).


Fladbed Scanner

A4 Flatbed Scanners

Scan of Slight Films ( DIA films / Color Reverse Photographs )

Software Applications and Software Drivers


  • In January 1999, I got a full licensed version of the OCR software “Caere OmniPage Pro 8.0” for WIN95/98 and WIN-NT supplied with the german magazine “PC go!”, issue 2/99, for about 4.90 EUR :-)!
  • There is a very-useful Nuance Scanner Guide, too.
  • Nuance "Omnipage" ( formerly: “Caere OmniPage”, “ScanSoft OmniPage” ).



3D Glasses

3D Scanning

Forums, Newsgroups

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