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How To Use A PS2 Controller On Windows 10 With A USB Adapter

How to Use a PS2 Controller on Windows 10 with a USB Adapter

If you have a PlayStation 2 controller and want to use it on your Windows 10 PC, you might need a USB adapter and a driver to make it work. A USB adapter is a device that connects your PS2 controller to a USB port on your PC. A driver is a software that tells your PC how to communicate with the controller and enable features like vibration and button mapping.

How to Use a PS2 Controller on Windows 10 with a USB Adapter

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There are many types of USB adapters for PS2 controllers, but not all of them are compatible with Windows 10 or have drivers available. In this article, we will show you how to find and install the right driver for your USB adapter and how to use a PS2 controller on Windows 10 with a USB adapter.

Step 1: Identify Your USB Adapter

The first step is to identify your USB adapter and find out its hardware identifier. A hardware identifier is a unique code that tells Windows what kind of device it is. You can find the hardware identifier of your USB adapter by following these steps:

  • Plug your USB adapter into your PC and connect your PS2 controller to the adapter.

  • Open Device Manager by pressing Windows + X and selecting Device Manager from the menu.

  • Expand the Human Interface Devices category and look for a device named HID-compliant game controller or something similar.

  • Right-click on the device and select Properties.

  • Go to the Details tab and select Hardware Ids from the drop-down menu.

  • You should see a code that starts with VID_ and PID_, followed by four digits each. For example, VID_0810&PID_0001. This is the hardware identifier of your USB adapter. Write it down or copy it somewhere.

Step 2: Find and Download the Driver

The next step is to find and download the driver for your USB adapter. You can try searching online for the hardware identifier of your USB adapter and see if there are any drivers available. Alternatively, you can use one of these sources:

  • Dualshock Driver: This is a generic driver for all USB adapters with the hardware identifier VID_0810&PID_0001. It adds vibration support to the PS2 controller on Windows 10. It is for 64-bit systems only.

  • Super User: This is a forum thread where users share their experiences and solutions for using PS2 controllers on Windows 10 with different USB adapters. You might find some useful tips and links here.

  • Microsoft Answers: This is another forum thread where users ask and answer questions about using PS2 controllers on Windows 10 with generic USB adapters. You might find some helpful information here as well.

Once you find the driver that matches your USB adapter, download it to your PC and extract it if it is in a compressed format.

Step 3: Install the Driver

The final step is to install the driver for your USB adapter and make sure it works properly. To install the driver, follow these steps:

  • Go back to Device Manager and right-click on the HID-compliant game controller device that corresponds to your USB adapter.

  • Select Update driver from the menu.

  • Select Browse my computer for driver software.

  • Select Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.

  • Select Have Disk and browse to the folder where you extracted or downloaded the driver.

  • Select the .inf file that contains the driver information and click Open.

  • Click OK and follow the instructions on the screen to install the driver.

  • Restart your PC if prompted.

After installing the driver, you should be able to use your PS2 controller on Windows 04f6b60f66


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