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Can antone tell me where I can find drivers for Sidewinder force feedback joystick? I just installed Win XP and my old software for the joystick does not work. Microsoft says it has drivers on the disk but I don't know how to get them to load. Anyone help? Thanks Steve S.

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>Steve, >>Apparently XP doesn't support or run FF v1 only v2. In fact, it supports V1, and Im using it.Try this:Start->Control Panel->Game Controllers->Add->hit "M" key and you will see "Microsfot SideWinder(Auto Detect)->Click OKand now it should automaticly detect it. I've been using it this way for 8 months with not a single problem.

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Yep John, and I hate the taste of those words as they're going down. :-( Hey Georgi, did you get that box up to 1.4Ghz yet?

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Hi GeorgiI have done that but XP asks me to insert the installation disk and then I don't know where to find the driver. It only finds the Sidewinder one not the Force Feedback one. Any help where this driver is located on the installation disk of XP would be appreciated.RegardsStelios

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>Yep John, and I hate the taste of those words as they're >going down. :-( >>Hey Georgi, did you get that box up to 1.4Ghz yet? No, I couldn't because it just becomes unstable - I tried all possible combinations.I run it at 1373Mhz so 27Mhz shouldn't matter that much.Thank you for all your advices :)

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Stelios, I'm at school now, and will be back home in 9 hours so I will try to find in when I get home.

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>bump Oh shoot...I had forgoten about it...let me check...

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Well, it should be in G:I386 folder. When it ask for CD, pop in the CD, browse to that folder and see if you see any INF file.If not, browse into each sub folders and look for it.Im sorry thats the furthest I'm, able to help. Im not sure which file exactly it need.

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That's the Win XP CD not the sidewinder one.RegardsRussell Jourdain (NZL007/ZK-RHJ)

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>That's the Win XP CD not the sidewinder one. >>Regards >Russell Jourdain (NZL007/ZK-RHJ) Ya, its included in WinXp and you dont need sidewinder's CD at all.

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Just one more thing. Is your Force Feedback connected via a USB port or not?Because XP finds the driver "Sidewinder 3D Pro" but it says that it's not connected. my stick it's pluged in the games port of the sound card.RegardsStelios

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It's not USB, mine goes to game port of sound card too.Make sure its connected corectly, and plug the power in too.If you have MSN messenger, I could try to helping you with Remote Assistance.georgi55@hotmail.com

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Theanks Georgi for putting up with me. I have tryied the connectiona on the game port and it seems that it's connected proberly, yet in the games controller window, in the status section it says that it's not connected. On my stick the little green light is on an also I can feel that the power is on because when I move the stick I can feel the forcefeedback.I must tell you that when I had win98 it was working OK. In the device manager (see picture) it shows there.I haven't got MSM mesenger. Don't know yet how to use it.RegardsStelios

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Did you by any chance upgraded from previous windows without clean install?

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hm....im out of ides at this moment.It's 2 am here so tomorrow i will do few tests on my system and try to figure out whats happening.

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I treid various configurations that may cause Xp not to detect it (sound card rivers, unoluging power, chnaign sound card settings) but it always worked for me.Im sorry, I dont think I can help you with this one. :(

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GeorgiThanks for trying. I appreciate that. I own you some Ouzo if you ever visit Cyprus. The only thing that I can try is to connect the stick via the USB port. When I originally bought it, it came with a USB adaptor but I lost it now. I must just get a new one tomorrow and try it out.Regards from a very hot Cyprus at the moment 38C!Stelios

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Solution at last ;)What I did is to remove my sound card and leave the on board one and now XP recognises the joystik as the Force Feedback pro. It works ok but keeps jerking a little when I move it(even if FS2K2 is not connected) and I must work on this one.

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Hi Stelios,just stumbled onto this thread now, after having had the same problem. BTW, you may be able to use your soundcard instead of the onboard one, just make sure the MIDI port is enabled - for some reason XP likes to turn them off (Maybe so they can sell more version 2 joysticks...).The problem I have now is with the sensitivities - the forces only seem to kick in quite a way into a turn (say at about 30 degrees or so), the rest of the time there isn't any force at all. I tried playing with the sensitivities settings in FS2002, but didn't get much joy out of it. I understand, if you install it with the CD in Win98, you get a control panel to adjust the joystick settings. How do you do this in XP, when, obviously, you couldn't install the CD.Any help would be much appreciated.Cheers,Gosta.

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Hi GostaYou are right. I did install a new soud card and had the on board sound disabled in Bios and my stick works fine now. About sensitivities, it's ok with me, more or less the same as with Win 98.

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