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Ts290 Pro joystick not working with Wondows XP game

Hi, My husband recently bought a TS290 Pro Joystick. I instaled it for him and according to the tests, everything works. He opened a PacMan game that's part of his Windows XP, but it won't work with the game. This is the first joystick he's owned and neither one of us knows anything about them. Can you give me some idea of why this is happening? Iw anted to get him some more games, but I hate to do it until we find out what's causing this problem. Thank you so much for any help. Naomi Clackum Bell Fl

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Re: ts290 Pro joystick not working with Wondows XP game

Gidday , It is probably not compatible with Pacman. I suggest trying it with a flight sim or some racing game to see if indeed it is working . But if you have installed it properly and it works in the calibration stage it should work in racing,flightsim, ect.

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