The Retrolink SNES USB Controller says that it works without drivers or anything, but then doesn't seem to work with any of my SNES emulators. Here's a link to it.

i tried it with snes9x and another one and neither seemed to work. When I plug it in, my computer doesn't recognize the device and troubleshooting the device obviously does nothing.

  • Try uninstalling it from the device manager and plugging it out and back in.
    – kotekzot
    Sep 9, 2012 at 7:19
  • it didn't seem to work
    – Tom Prats
    Sep 9, 2012 at 7:22
  • Is it tested working? It could just be broken.
    – kotekzot
    Sep 9, 2012 at 8:28
  • hmm that's a possibility i guess. is there any way i could figure that out
    – Tom Prats
    Sep 9, 2012 at 17:42
  • Plug it into different computers?
    – kotekzot
    Sep 9, 2012 at 17:54

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Guess the answer is that it was broken or is simply magical. But really it was just broken i guess.

Maybe I'll take it apart to see if anything specific was broken.


This might help a lot.

What you need: Oracle Virtual Box and a Windows XP disk.

Plug in SNES controller or controller that is currently not compatible with Windows 7 or 8. Install Oracle Virtual Box and XP inside it (if you don't know how to do this, there are instructions on youtube:

). Once done Windows 7 or 8 will somehow get the driver from XP and now you will be able to use a controller that was once incompatible.

  • You might have to run XP in Virtual Box while you use the SNES controller. Jul 13, 2013 at 1:44

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