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Is it necessary to start the 8bitdo pads in keyboard

there is still one problem for controllers with several modes like my 8Bitdo NES30 or the FC30 on the Jessie plattform:

there are two relevant modes for retropie:

1. Keyboard Mode Start+B (Controller 1), Start+B+R (Controller 2).
Registered as: “8Bitdo NES GamePad”
This mode is important for certain non-retroarch based emulators like VICE.

2. GamePad Mode Start+R (both Controllers)
Registered as: 8Bitdo NES30 GamePad Joystick
For Retroarch based controls

The MAC-Addresses of each controller varies depending on the connected mode. So if I establish all conntections for both my controllers (2x Keyboard mode MAC-Address A,B and 2x GamePad mode with MAC Address C,D) I would see all 4 registered devices in the retropie-setup menu. Unfortunately after reboot only the mode I registered last (via would try to connect. I can always reproduce this by deleting the last registered connection and re-register via another mode.

For Wheezy I wrote a script that would simply auto-connect, depending on the MAC address provided: #64

but that doesn’t work for the later Jessie plattform due to different connecting approach I guess.

Any ideals how to make it possible to auto-connect in both modes?

Can’t the retroarch mappings be edited to correspond to the input of the 8bitdo gamepads in keyboard mode? I’d imagine one would lose the analog stick controls for the retroarch cores though.

This kind of blows because I enjoy the retroarch cores but I do use VICE a ton and to use it you really need the 1-button push feature for the virtual keyboard. Having to toggle between modes by restarting the controllers between cores is enough of a workaround to be a minor annoyance.