X-Arcade Test Program:


NOTE: If you do not see the picture of the controller above or see "Missing Plugin",  you will need to Install Java™. If you get an error saying “Your security settings have blocked a local application from running” you can either download the test, or do the following:

  1. Go to Control Panel
  2. Double click on JAVA
  3. Open Security tab
  4. Select Medium
  5. Click on APPLY
  6. Restart your web browser

We have created the X-Arcade™ Test Utility Program to test the buttons and directions on the X-Arcade™ (microswitches), proper connection to the PC, as well as verifying that it is ready for MAME™. This program should be your first step to solving problems.

PREPARE FOR TEST: Be sure you are plugging into a USB port directly on the back of the PC (not in the front, not in a USB Hub, not with an extension cable, not with a fox in a box). YOU CANNOT USE THIRD-PARTY (Keyboard PS-2 TO USB ADAPTERS) with X-Arcade. Run the test in Mode1; move the switch on the back of the X-Arcade™ to Mode1 (the position closest to the serial connector), then push the button on the back of the X-Arcade™ twice (the light on the X-Arcade™ should turn off from the first push, and back on with the second).

TEST RESULTS: Run the test to see the pictured X-Arcade™ respond to your button presses and joystick movements. If the X-Arcade™ does not respond in the test at all, click here to verify proper connection. If a single button or direction is sticking or does not work click here for more help.

TANKSTICK/TRACKBALL: The Trackball and trackball/mouse buttons do not get tested in this program as it simply acts like a mouse, moving your cursor on screen. There are 2 sets of pinball buttons on the Tankstick, the two closest to you are keyboard keys and should show they are working in the test program, but the two furthest from you are mouse buttons that won't show up in the test program. The back left is mouse left-click, the back right is right-click.


In any Operating System you can also simply use a word editor (such as Notepad) to test that the X-Arcade™ types the functions shown on the default Mode1 button layout. Note that some of the buttons are set to CRTL, ALT, and SHIFT, these buttons will not type anything.

MAC USERS: If you have a Mac, you can use Keyboard Viewer (or KeyCaps pre-OSX) to test that the X-Arcade™ types the functions shown on the default Mode1 button layout.