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X-Arcade Tankstick

Makaveli    -   July 15, 2007
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Installation:

The Tankstick is extremely easy to set up. Start by turning off your computer and unplugging your current mouse and keyboard. I set up the Tankstick in my PS/2 port, but you can set it up via USB as well. You’ll notice the keyboard cable is very short on the backside of the Tankstick. This is because you’ll need to plug in a PS/2 keyboard to that cable and then use the supplied cable to go from the Tankstick to your computer. Below you can see where my PS/2 keyboard plugged in and what it looks like when everything is installed. 

 

 

 

 

You’ll notice a red LED on the upper right hand side. This means that the connection is secure between the Tankstick and the computer.

 

Don’t forget to install the included games! Just pop the discs into your optical drive and following the on-screen instructions.

 

Configuration:

This is where it gets a bit tricky. Basically, you’re going to have to navigate with your PS/2 keyboard that is plugged into the Tankstick and change the controls to the Tankstick. The computer is made to believe the Tankstick is a keyboard, so you don’t have to configure anything for a joystick or mouse. The program used to configure the controls for each game can be found in the start menu. It's a simple program to use, but you have to remember you are navigating with the PS/2 keyboard so it may take some time to get the hang of. Below you can see the generic settings I had for Pong and Asteroids.

 

I found it was easiest to install the games before installing the Tankstick, only because I'm not great at navigating with a keyboard.

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation & Configuration
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing
  5. Testing Continued
  6. Screenshots
  7. Conclusion
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