Frequently Asked Questions
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Does Joystick Mapper works with any HID compatible gamepad?
It also works with some non-HID gamepads like the Xbox 360 and the PS3 ones, if the proper drivers are installed and the controller is paired correctly.
Does it work with Wii remote?
Currently, no. Unfortunately.
I can't connect a Xbox 360 controller, you said it is possible, how can I do this?
First, is this a wired or wireless xbox 360 controller?
If it is wireless you will need to buy a "Microsoft wireless gaming receiver". Additionally, the Play n Charge cable only charges, and won't allow you to use the wireless controller as a wired one.
In either case, you also need to install a third party driver, you can find it here.
Can I map the Xbox 360 triggers as if they are buttons? I want to shoot using the trigger.
YES! You can. You can map anything to the triggers and analog sticks.
When I map the Xbox 360 triggers, it fires when I release the button, and keeps firing util I press it down, I want it to fire only when I push it DOWN.
Check if the input says "Axis #N -", change the Minus for Plus, it should work.
The cursor keeps moving a little bit, but I am not touching my Xbox 360 controller...
Some of those controllers have a low deadzone, fortunately, you can adjust the deadzone in the Xbox 360 preference pane inside System Preferences (this is installed with the driver).
I have a Third Party controller for xbox 360, I installed the drivers, but it still do not work.
The current drivers only support the official first party gamepads and some few others. So, if you are planning to buy a Xbox 360 controller for using it in your mac, please get a first party one, just to be sure.
Additionally, some people on the internet said you can make some unsupported third party xbox 360 gamepads work by editing the driver's plist, but I dont know how to do that neither can test these methods because I dont have a Third Party controller. But google may help, who knows? :)
When my PS3 controller is connected to USB, it show as "connected" in Joystick Mapper, but no buttons or analog sticks responds! Please help me!
This one is simple, just press the central "PS" button once. The gamepad will work normally. Don't know why you need to do that, though.
I can't connect a PS3 controller via Bluetooth.
If you are trying to connect using bluetooth, try connecting via USB for the first sync, press the PS Button, then remove the cable. It is a little tricky because of a driver problem, I think (not my app's problem). You may find this video helpful.
If you are still having trouble to get it to work in Bluetooth mode, please play with the USB cable attached for some time (and let the bluetooth on), eventually, it will connect to bluetooth.
I can't connect a Playstation 3 controller in Snow Leopard.
You probably will need this driver on Snow Leopard. Apparently, Lion does not need this.
My third party Playstation 3 controller does not work even after following all the steps.
Although some third party PS3 controllers do work, some don't. Only genuine PS3 gamepads are supported. So, please use a genuine Dual Shock 3 or SIXAXIS if you have problems.
My Logitech controller does not work.
Does it have a switch in the back with a "X" and an "D"?
Put it int the "D" position, which is compatible with Macs.
What are those "Temporary Fixes"? (New in 1.1.1)
These options are quick fixes that I included until I find a final fix. They are useful only in certain contexts and should be disabled when not necessary. See more info in the next two questions.
Temporary fix: "Minecraft Windowed Fix" (New in 1.1.1)
When Playing in windowed mode in Minecraft (and a few other games), the cursor may escape the window and get "stuck" in the corners. Enable this option to prevent this problem in this game. Disable if your cursor gets stuck when in other games. When I find a final unobstrusive alternative, I will remove this option. Sorry about that. :-/
Temporary fix: "Low-Resolution Fullscreen bounds Fix" (New in 1.1.1)
Some games change the resolution to something lower than the native screen resolution to get more speed. In these cases the internal screen bounds needs to be updated to match the new screen resolution. But my current solution conflicts with Lion's Fullscreen. So, until I figure how to fix this problem properly I decided to include this in the app as an option. Please disable this when using Joystick Mapper and Lion's Fullscreen apps together.
1. I can not keep focus on my game window only when Joystick Mapper is enabled.
2. My Game crashes at start only when Joystick Mapper is enabled.
Please disable "Low-Resolution Fullscreen bounds Fix" option in "Quick Options" menu.
I will remove this option in the 1.1.2 update, since it is causing more trouble than fixing things.
(If you think this option is still useful, please tell me which game you are using with it.)
I can map my gamepad with Other similar apps, but not with Joystick Mapper.
If it works with other similar apps on mac, it will work on Joystick Mapper.
In this case, please disable the other app , because it may be interfering in Joystick Mapper operation.
Where are the Preset Examples?
Click on "File" -> "Load Preset Examples".
Feel free to fiddle with them, duplicate or delete as you want.
How can I map a key combination?
Just bind two or more keys to the same Input. See the "Example: Key Combination" to see how it looks like.
How can I share my presets with a friend?
Click on "File > Open presets folder in Finder", the preset files are there as plain text files (in JSON format), use Quick Look to look for the one you want. You can also rename the file if you want.
My "screen corner shortcuts" keeps firing when I am playing "My Favorite Game".
Enable "Avoid Screen Corners" on "Quick Options" menu.
I connected my joystick, but it does not show as connected.
Click "Refresh Joysticks" on "Quick Options" menu.
I am playing <My Favorite FPS Game> and the aim feels so much fast, even after adjusting it in Joystick Mapper App, what can I do?
You can also lower the mouse sensitivity inside your game.
Do you have a support forum?
Yes, here. :-)