Microsoft Sidewinder USB Gamepad?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by Muddle, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. Muddle

    Muddle Guest

    Is there any way to get this working under Vista. The sidewinder web site
    is kaput.
    If not what programmable Gamepad exists for Vista. I need one that can be
    programmed to emulate keyboard keys with different profile set up for
    different games.
    Muddle, Jan 31, 2008
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    Andy [YaYa] Guest

    Dude, the XBox 360 control pad is probably the BEST gamepad for Vista now.
    Heh, I said "Dude"... shut up, it's early.

    Seriously if you have a wired 360 controller just plug it into Vista and
    you're good to go, if you have a Wireless 360 pad you have to buy a little
    "dongle" that lets you use the wireless controllers with Windows.

    Wireless Receiver:

    Allows you to use: (Note, any 360 wireless controller will work, not
    just the one marked for Windows)

    Or you can just go wired for less:

    Your other choice might be a Logitech pad, funny thing is the 360 pad is
    based off the most recent logitech wireless design.

    As for your sidewinder USB... Can't see why the controller wouldn't just
    work in Vista. It's a Microsoft controller, it's not very old, Vista should
    have the drivers already for it. What happens when you plug in the device?
    Do you get anything? If you go to Gaming Controllers in the control panel
    does anything show up for the controller?

    Andy [YaYa], Feb 1, 2008
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    VRG Scotty Guest

    Yup, you're correct Andy..mine just picked up, then I went to game
    controllers and configured it, works perfectly
    VRG Scotty, Feb 1, 2008
  4. Muddle

    Muddle Guest

    Starting the Sidwinder configuration software to assign the gamepad keys
    their keyboard equivelent causes a rundll32.dll error in Vista even with DEP
    turned off for the executable. I just went ahead and got the logitech and
    it's config. software wouldn't work until I got an updated version from
    their website.
    I've put off purchasing a new Vista machine for my son, because he has a ton
    of games designed for Windows 95 and 98 that he still played.
    Muddle, Feb 1, 2008
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    Andy [YaYa] Guest

    Simple, uninstall the software, the Sidewider software (excuse my french)
    sucks anyways, could be really old and is probably no longer supported. When
    you plug in the controller, Vista should treat it like a generic gamepad, it
    should work fine with the drivers built into Vista.

    I run all sorts of Windows 9x games in Vista, but you're right, you could
    run into problems and if there's nothing he wants to play outside of his
    Windows 9x games, then why bother updating?

    Good luck,
    Andy [YaYa], Feb 1, 2008
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