Question about Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback Wheel Wheel And Pedals Set

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Re: Problem with SideWinder Force Feedback Wheel (USB) and Windows Vista. I have two PC's, one running Windows XP Home and the other running Windows Vista Home Premium. Both correctly recognize the device by name, but on running Control Panel / Game Controllers I have discovered a discrepancy between the versions of Windows. My SideWinder Wheel has the following codes. Part No. XD4-97607 Product ID 52178-579-2882895-00000 On calibration I get the following values. XP Accelerator pedal: Y Axis 31 - 0 (Off - Fully Depressed). Brake pedal: Y Axis 31 - 62 (Off - Fully Depressed). Wheel: X Axis -512 - 511 (Left - Right). Z Rotation: No effect. Both my applications which use the wheel work perfectly on this machine. Vista Accelerator pedal: Y Axis 63 - 0 (Off - Fully Depressed). Brake pedal: Z Rotation 63 - 0 (Off - Fully Depressed). Wheel: X Axis -512 - 511 (Left - Right). Neither of my applications works correctly, although both have no problems running under keyboard control. My Vista PC is fully updated as of 18/09/09. sincerely, Alan Romp.

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  • rompad Sep 25, 2009

    To VinayT,

    your response does not answer my problem. The problem is to do with how Vista works with this device. There are no settings to change. I presume this is a fault with the driver for this device.\

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  • rompad Oct 01, 2009

    I have tried your solution but it has not helped. I am not sure that this problem is well understood.

    The problem concerns the axes used for input.

    On XP (and previous windows) the X-axis is used for left and right steering, the Y-axis is used for accelerator and brake pedals (half the range for each) and the Z-rotation axis is not used at all.

    On Vista the X-axis is the same but the accelerator pedal works on the Y-axis but the brake pedal works the Z-rotation axis.

    If you cannot help with this problem perhaps you could tell me how to send an email to Microsoft. The only way I have found so far only allows a brief question and I would like to send an email which describes the situation. After all this is a Microsoft product failing to run on Microsoft software. Or perhaps you could pass this on to Microsoft.

    regards, Alan.

  • rompad Oct 01, 2009

    Could you tell me how, in Control Panel / Game Controllers, to change how the calibration works?

    Alan.

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Hi there

It does indeed sound like a Vista compatibility issue. The drivers may be confusing the correct axis for the brake and applying it to the Z axis by error.

Your best bet may be to ask Microsoft to confirm if the device will or will not work correctly under Vista. You can try to contact them here.

In past experience, I have been able to get the non force-feedback version of the same wheel to work under Vista by simply plugging it with the USB connection. No extra software was required, it would just detect and then work in games.

If you go to Game Controllers in Control Panel, perhaps you can remove all the listed controllers and reattach the device to the PC and see if it works correctly with games?

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Did you try another USB port. Sometimes that's what I have to do. Plus, I have to turn off my machine unplug it, hit the power button, plug back in and turn on the machine. Then things work right, and I haven't solved that, yet. Vista usually works pretty good but, it looks a little backwards by your data. I could tell you to reinstall your drivers and software, I suspect you have so, try my procedure to turning off the machine. Hope this helps. If I come across new information I'll add a comment. I hate when things hang ups too.

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    This may be a incompatibility issue.Matter of fact I'm sure it is. Go back to XP!

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Cant you change the setting in Vista to what they are in XP. Then it may perform similar to what it performs in XP. Try it.

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