Matthew Bacon reviews
an Atari product burSTing with goodness
Thanks to Mario Becroft, the Mouse
BurSTer adaptor has made it possible for Atari users
to use almost any PC serial pointing device on their
machine. For some time there have been software solutions
to allow the use of serial PC mice on Atari machines.
However, these were usually plugged into the serial
port which meant other serial devices such as modems
could not be connected, and also required configuration
and driver software which may or may not be compatible
any other software you may run.
I am pleased to report installation
could not be simpler...
- Turn off your computer (very
- Remove your Atari mouse
- Connect one end of the Mouse
BurSTer to your mouse port and the other to your
new PC mouse
- Turn your machine back on.
- That's it, true Plug and play.
Although in most cases the Mouse BurSTer
will work first time there are (typically) two different
standard PC serial pointing devices, Microsoft compatible
and Mouse Systems. Both are supported by Mouse BurSTer
which can be configured by means of 4 tiny DIP switches
- Switch #1: Configures the type
OFF: Microsoft compatible mouse (MS)
ON: Mouse Systems compatible (PC)
- Switch #2: Middle button (or
wheel button) mode
OFF: Middle button
works as real button
button works as double-click
- Switch #3: Mouse wheel mode
OFF: Wheel does nothing
acts as double click (for Genius Netmouse)
- Switch #4: Atari/Amiga(!) mode
Should you experience any difficulty
configuring Mouse BurSTer, a FAQ (frequently-asked-questions)
section is thoughtfully provided which suggests possible
All things considered the Mouse BurSTer
is an excellent adaptor which enables Atari users to
use a wide range of PC compatible pointing devices -
at a price.