I have Microsoft Flight Sim 2002 and I am having no success flying using the keyboard, so I need something better. I am not interested in flying fighter planes or engaging in air battles and shooting at others. I am a serious learner and want to be able to properly control a 747 as easily as a Cessna. Can you give me some advise on what product would be best suited to my needs and why. thanks
I just got a saitek AV8R-01 for microsoft flight simulator 10 and am loving it. i got it as an open box at about $32 probably retailed around $40. it has 2 throttles, rotation, and of course left/right and forward/back control. it also has a hat switch, a thumb button and two side buttons, one of which is covered and glows red to simulate a missile button in real aircraft (i assume) it also has 4 togle switches on the base that act like 8 buttons. there is also a mode selector that i haven't figured out how to work just yet (havent needed it and only been a week) but i think it will pretty much allow me to assign 2 commands (or maybe even 3) to each button depending on the mode. the only drawbacks are ther is no force feedback (unnecissary) and the base is a little light which can be avoided by putting the weight of your hand on the joystick when you are holding it.
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Re: joy stick or?
I have a Saitek X-45 that I use. It comes with a throttle and joystick. It's controls are very smooth and can be adjusted for increased firmness. There are a lot of programmable buttons that work great for FS2002. The only draw back is the joystick does not have aileron control by twisting it, you have to program a rocker button on the throttle. Unless of course you go all the way and buy foot controls. It looks like the X-52 is the updated version of my controller but it isn't cheap. The X-45 works good for what I need it for.
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first all have you added any type of addon's like new airplanes
or scenery if you have then something there may be cousing your problem. if its an airplane go back remove that airplane. and try again
if all this fails you can reset flight sim 2004
go to Start then program files then microsoft games there you see microsoft flight simulator 2004 click on that then another box open up you see troubleshooting you notice in there rest to defaults
do not use this unless you wont reset it all to defaults settings. if this does not cure the problem then a reinstall of flight sim is needed. if you need any more help please ask
O-the sweet feel of a Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback lets see if I can be of some help. there could be any number of things going on but I'm going to give this a try. have you checked the settings in Flight Simulator 2004 seems to me that I remember a check box that said disable force feedback make sure that is unchecked. also in the settings for your controller there is a box that says enable force feedback make sure that is checked. then make sure if you are using a firewall like zone alarm you are in gaming mode because this used to give me major headaches with my system to the point I had to detach from the internet and shut down my firewall to play my games. if this doesn't work you may have to reinstall the drivers for the sidewinder this is the last easy option and it should repair any broke links and reset itself into your system. Please let me know how this helped if you need more Ideas just contact me.
My blackwidow joystick would not work in google earth, the sim would just crash. I tried a surgestion to remove the blackwidow software and just run it with the ms hid driver. It now works fine, even the throtle and rudder controls.
this worked for me, i have a ibookg4 and all all my dad had to do (complete nerd) had to do was REBOOT THE COMPUTER WITH THE JOYSTICK PLUGGED IN and the joystick worked after that. Posted by his dumb as a post sun...
Your in luck I happen to be a Flight simmer also. You need to go into your main menu under settings in Flight sim 2002. You will see enable joystick then you will see cordinated flight or uncordinated flight. You want to select uncordinated flight. Meaning that you will have full control of rudder and the sim will no longer make coordinated turns for you. You will have to add rudder to prevent a skid.