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Hi! I am Jeff! I enjoy volleyball, running, playing guitar, mountain biking, snow boarding, surfing, snorkeling, sky diving, bungee jumping, spelunking, and most other “ings” you can think of. But I will always be a gamer at heart.


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  1. Hello, I came across your site searching for ideas on how to build my 4 player quad controller. I am currently stuck and was hoping you could help me. I need help connecting and configuring 2 IPAC-4 (56×2 input) together. Ive spend many hours researching the web and reading off of IPAC-4 website but still am unable to succeed.

    My setup consists of:
    P1 = (8Way) Joystick + 8 buttons
    P2 = (8Way) Joystick + 8 buttons
    P3 = (8Way) Joystick + 8 buttons
    P4 = (8Way) Joystick + 8 buttons
    P5 = (8Way) Joystick

    P1 Start, P1 Coin
    P2 Start, P2 Coin
    P3 Start, P3 Coin
    P4 Start, P4 Coin

    Vol +
    Vol –

    For reference, you can see my controller here: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3_UuNnCEAEMVwH.jpg

    As you can see from my setup above, I need a total of 68 inputs. Inputs for the first IPAC4 up to input 56 work perfect. As soon as I attach the secondary IPAC4 via the pass-through of the first and connect my extra buttons to it, the IPAC4 program thinks that I have only 1 IPAC4 so when pressing buttons that are assigned to my secondary IPAC4 it just mimics the same inputs as what the first IPAC4 is setup for. How do I configure and assign other buttons to whats connected to my secondary IPAC4?

    December 22, 2014 at 12:07 am

    • First off, your control panel looks awesome! Very similar layout to mine. What kind of wood did you go with?

      Second, I honestly don’t have much experience when it comes to hooking up two ipacs. The only thing remotely similar to your situation I came across was using 4 LedWiz boards for my LEDs, (I’m a bit behind on my blogging and haven’t gotten around to posting that one yet). If you look at the groovygamegear website http://groovygamegear.com/webstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=239 you will see under the picture of the Ledwiz is a box with the label “Device Number”. When I purchased them I had to select each board with a separate device number and this was similar to the controller boards for the spinner and trackball. I’m guessing Windows may need a separate device number attached to similar controller boards otherwise it doesn’t differentiate between them. If that’s the case maybe switching out an ipac4 for an ipac2 might solve it since windows would see them as different boards.

      No matter what, I would recommend emailing Andy at Ultimarc. He is very polite and quick to respond to tech emails. He has helped me a number of times. andy@ultimarc.com

      Good luck! And please let me know what your found out!

      December 22, 2014 at 3:00 am

  2. Awesome, thank you very much for the feedback. I used 5/8″ MDF board. I will contact Andy and see what he says and let you know.

    December 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm

  3. Right on. I am still trying to figure out if I should go with MDF or MDO for the rest of my cab.

    Another alternative would be to post your question on the Build Your Own Arcade Controls forum.


    December 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm

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