Question about Microsoft SideWinder Precision 2 Joystick

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Joystick does not feed back any force, and does not centre itself

I have just connected the Microsoft Sidewinder 2 joystick to Condor, the gliding flight simulator. I have gone to Setup\ Input, and marked the check box with a tick to show the program is connected to a force feedback joystick. Also, I have set up the elevator so that it is marked "stick centres with hands off" .

The joystick is floppy - it does not centre at all, and there is no detectable force feedback, even with Setup\Input\Assign Controls\'stick force simulation' set to maximum.

Just for the record, the other controls are working fine - ailerons, elevator, airbrakes (set up on slider which I believe is normally throttle on a power plane), point-of-view hat, trigger (for panel zoom) and button 3 for point-of-view re-set. So far, I don't need other buttons but assume they will also be working OK.

Can you help please?

Thanks,

Geoff.

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  • geoff_rose Dec 25, 2008

    Sorry, but this suggestion is not practical and so, with respect, is of no help. I don't know anyone else with another Microsoft Sidewinder 2 force feedback joystick, which I could borrow and try out, which would be the only useful comparison with my own unit.

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Initially, a couple of ideas:

  • update the USB drivers of the Operating System from the motherboard manufacturer not from Microsoft;
  • try other USB ports;
  • disable Power Management (auto switch off) of the USB Root Hub.
If all else fail, then return the Sidewinder for a replacement.

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Try first performing a complete calibration procedure, if that does not work, that means that the joystick is probably faulty.

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Please double check if the joystick is compatible with your console. Make sure they are. Also double check the physical connections if they are tightly plugged in. A firmware/software update can fix the issue if everything seems to be fine.

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The only way to diagnose your problem is to get another joystick and try it. If it does not have any problems then you know that the joystick is malfunctioning.

Posted on Dec 25, 2008

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    Randall Trahan Dec 26, 2008

    It may not be practical, for you, but it is a good commom sense approach to fixing your problem.

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