MIDI/GamePort adapter cable 29H9467 / 29H9269

IBM ThinkPad 760 Series MIDI/Game Port Adapter

While doing my research for another project (finding a plug for the Philips CDI350 RGB in/out port), I came across an old IBM MIDI/Game port adapter. It is listed with P/N 29H9467 (FRU P/N 29H9269) and can be used with some models of the ThinkPad 760 series (760CD, 760ED, 760XD, and also 765D). What makes it so special is the plug. It is similar to the 26-pin external floppy connectors used by several laptop brands in the ’90s. While most of the external floppy drives used a 17 mm wide plug, this one is 20 mm wide. This JAE datasheet lists the plug as TX20A series connector, part number TX20A-26PH1-D2P1-D1.

I took it apart to have a look at the wiring. First, I removed the ferrite bead. Next, I carefully opened the housing.

MIDI/Game port adapter cable 29H9467 / 29H9269
MIDI/Game port adapter cable 29H9467 / 29H9269
MIDI/Game port adapter cable 29H9467 / 29H9269
MIDI/Game port adapter cable 29H9467 / 29H9269

Then I removed the metal shielding, and an IDC connector was revealed. About half of the contacts are used.

MIDI/Game port adapter cable 29H9467 / 29H9269
MIDI/Game port adapter cable 29H9467 / 29H9269
MIDI/Game port adapter cable 29H9467 / 29H9269
MIDI/Game port adapter cable 29H9467 / 29H9269

Pinout / wiring

The numbering of the pins was taken from the JAE TX20A datasheet, and the wiring of the adapter cable was determined with a continuity tester.

JAE TX20A-26PH1-D2P1-D1 pinout
JAE TX20A-26PH1-D2P1-D1 pinout
TP 760DescriptionGame port/MIDI
1n. c.
2n. c.
3n. c.
4n. c.
5n. c.
6n. c.
7Joystick 1, Button 27
8Joystick 1, Y-Axis6
9GND4, 5
10GND4, 5
11Joystick 1, X-Axis3
12Joystick 1, Button 12
13Vcc +5 V1, 8, 9
14n. c.
15n. c.
16n. c.
17n. c.
18n. c.
19n. c.
20MIDI RxD15
21Joystick 2, Button 214
22Joystick 2, Y-Axis13
23MIDI TxD12
24Joystick 2, X-Axis11
25Joystick 2, Button 110
26Vcc +5 V1, 8, 9

Note for CDI350 / CDI360 users

While the plug is a perfect fit for the RGB in/out port, I don’t recommend plugging it in without cutting or modifying the cable first. Considering the different numbering of the pins on the CD-i players, the following signals are shorted when using this cable:
18 H.sync out x 20 Sync in
26 Blue in x 25 Blue in GND

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