Sidewinder joystick not compatable for vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by xmang, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. xmang

    xmang Guest

    Any word if we can get a driver for this old joystick and if it will ever be
    usable with the new Vista OS?
     
    xmang, Feb 9, 2007
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  2. I have the sidewinder Precision 2 and it worked by default. I assume you're
    referring to like the original Sidewinder ?
     
    Dale \Mad_Murdock\ White, Feb 9, 2007
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  3. xmang

    xmang Guest

     
    xmang, Feb 9, 2007
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  4. xmang

    turbotoes Guest

    On reading your post I rushed to my wardrobe, hauled out my ms sidewinder
    precision pro, plugged it in (using the game port to usb adapter that came
    with it) and vista popped up installed its own driver and when I go to game
    controllers in control panel all the buttons ans axis work. So Have You tried
    it with vista or are you assuming it won't work because you can't find a
    driver?


    turbotoes
     
    turbotoes, Feb 9, 2007
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  5. xmang

    turbotoes Guest

    P.S. do a search for joytokey this is a great little proggie for those games
    that don't support joystick, it makes the joystick emulate keyboard stokes so
    any game that supports a keyboeard!! will support ALL the buttons and axis of
    your sidewinder. I have not tried it in vista (am at work now so can't) but
    it worth the download to see!!
     
    turbotoes, Feb 9, 2007
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  6. xmang

    krine54 Guest

    I'm new and I found your comments I too have sidewinder precision. How did
    you make it the default and how did you check it?
     
    krine54, Apr 23, 2007
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  7. The problem i am havein is, in my device manager my gameport shows up as
    unknown gameport. And My joystick doesn't show up in the control panel (under
    controllers). Is anyone else have this issue?
     
    Dennis Curtis, May 4, 2007
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  8. xmang

    Kurt Herman Guest

    Vista no longer supports "game ports".

    Your only choice is to get a USB to Gameport Adapter for your joystick, or
    get a new USB joystick.
    I got the Thrustmaster TopGun Fox 2 USB for $40, to replace my 8 year old
    Thrustmaster, and am pretty happy with it.

    Kurt
     
    Kurt Herman, May 4, 2007
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    Phil Rhodes Guest

    I have an old Windows 98 computer that I sometime play games on and my
    Soundblaster sound card would not recognize my analog Sidewinder FF
    joystick. So I went to a RE-PC store and bought and old cheap sound card
    (definately worse quality) but the joystick worked in the game port on the
    sound card. I use a headset for sound in the game anyway, so no big deal.
     
    Phil Rhodes, Nov 13, 2009
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  10. xmang

    Phil Rhodes Guest

    Oh, I forgot - check your "system requirements" and if DirectX 9.0 is
    required, I don't think your game will work in Vista, as DirectX 10.0 is
    built in :) At any rate, run the diagnostic "DxDiag" and see what it says.
     
    Phil Rhodes, Nov 13, 2009
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  11. All versions of DirectX are backwards compatible. If a game requires
    DirectX 9.x, then it will work with DirectX 10.x.
     
    Geoffrey Cohen, Nov 16, 2009
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