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Ok. I don't know if I classify as a noob since I have been dabbling in MAME, Hyperspin, RocketLauncher, etc.. a little here and there for many years. However, I feel this should be a noob question but I can' t figure it out. Every time I start down the path of building / rebuilding an emulation system, the reason that I always quit is controller issues. Lets face it... It doesn't matter how pretty we make it, if it is not easy to use.... As I think back... every time I have failed or quit is because I can't,or don't, have the fortitude to make even the simplest xbox360 controllers work with MAME and/or everything else. I moved to BigBox a little while ago.. setup a few systems, with pretty good success, but MAME is the beast I really want to tame. I grew up in the arcade and I would love to have every quarter back that I ever plunked into a machine. I would love a magic bullet that already has all of the cntrlr settings set in a config file that I just have to drop somewhere and call it a day.... but based on what I have read, that may not be as easy at it sounds... I've read where people have done that and then it works until they reboot and the devices get all wonky. So, I'm breaking down and asking for help. I have an alienware alpha machine with 3 xbox 360 controllers hooked up via a USB port expansion device. ( the alpha only has so many usb ports and I use a keyboard and external hard drives) I try to map my player 1, 2 , 3 start and coin buttons but I cannot get Joy2, Joy 3 to map. Only my player1 xbox will map buttons in launchbox. I can use the keyboard, but I still cant start some multiplayer games correctly.. like Gauntlet II. Sorry for the long post. If you have an answer for that magic bullet and can help me load a cntrlr file and keep it working, I would love that, but at the least I need help with Joy2 and 3. Thanks!!!