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I have a 25 pin microsoft sidewinder force feedback pro joystick which I use with a flight simulator. After updating to win 7 x64 I need to convert this to usb for the hardware to be viable. Any suggestions including a converter which can be built. Kindly notify please sanjay bajpai

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Hey m8,

stumbled over your post while searching for sullotions for the same kind of problems.
I also have a perfectly working M$ sidewinder FF pro, trying to get it to work WITH force feedback.
However I am affraid there is no way to do this. From what I read is the gameport to slow to keep up with nowaday PC speeds :(

I got the joystick working up to windows XP (in XP it lost its FF tho and slowed down gameplay sometimes. Not sure if that was caused by the joystick or the game itself running in some compatibility mode). I was using the gameport from an old soundblaster live! by the way.

I did find something that may be usefull for you tho. Check the link below:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/w7itprohardware/thread/20fa2ccd-061b-4864-abbd-96d1a9871a2f

I havent tested this yet myself and it will require a creative soundcard but I think it will have a better chance of working that using some converter from gameport to USB.

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