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My Saltek flight yoke is not functioning anymore. Depending on the mode it is switched to, either the roll axis or the pitch axis is always on one extreme end, for example on mode 1 the ailerons are on a left turn configuration without me touching the yoke. After centering, they drift again by themselves towards the endstop. On mode 2 or 3, it's the same with the elevators but then the ailerons are OK. Also, the throttle module seems to ignore a reverse thrust command. I am using an Imac 24 about 11/2 years old with a MAC OS 10.6 Snow leopard software. The CD that came with it is only for windows. Thank you

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  • jandebaumann Apr 06, 2011

    Hi Aplug
    Thank you for your reply but pretty well all you wrote was already known to me. The yoke was functioning fine with all buttons and levers working well for about 8 months up to about 2 weeks ago when it started acting up, so I do not understand some of your explanations. Unless there is some way to re-program the yoke, it seems there is an electronic problem somewhere in there. But please remember that I have an Apple computer.
    H.B.

  • jandebaumann Apr 07, 2011

    Hi Again



    Yes, I agree with your last assessment, because that is exactly what makes the most sense. However, what I was looking for is a place or person to contact who is able to do this, because I am not into electronics at all. I know it is not rocket science, but I am afraid this needs more knowledge about the subject than I possess. Thanks for the advice.

    H.B.




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This is a hardware defect , nothing to do with the drivers, software or the OS you are using in .
The position and movement of the control elements is recorded by a simple rotating potentiometer. The analogue signal from the potentiometer is converted to digital by a simple AD converter circuit inside it. If one of the control elements no longer reacts properly the first thing you must check is the corresponding potentiometer - open the unit, access the potentiometer and see if you can repair or replace it. Then check the status of the components on the control board and finally the wire connections between all of them - a wire might have been broken.

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  • Azrael SRL Apr 07, 2011

    This is a relatively simple job, your local electronics repair person/shop will be able to do it without a problem. But, because the labor costs are so high these days, you should try to take a look yourself, maybe all it needs is a cleaning of the potentiometer. Just dismantle the unit gently, as to not brake the plastic parts, they are fragile.

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The Yoke is supplied with all the clamps and screws that are required to fix your controller to your desk unit. The installation manual will help you with this.

The throttle quadrant that is supplied with the Yoke has a round PS/2 connector. This plugs into the PS/2 port on the side of your Yoke (not the PC). Your PC and FSX will not recognize the Yoke and the Quadrant as separate controllers. They are seen by your system as one device, hence the quadrant will not work on its own with a PS/2 to USB adapter.

Check the PS/2 pins are OK and then connect the quadrant to the yoke and connect the USB to the PC to power both units. You can then run the driver and software installation,

Before you even start up your flight simulator, you should acquaint yourself with some of the controls and features of the Yoke. Go to Control Panel > Game Controllers and select the Properties for your Saitek Yoke (I'm sorry, but cd installer is designed for windows). Here, you can test your buttons and axes to check that they are working correctly.

The Yoke has 5 axes, 2 on the control yoke itself and 3 lever axes. The Yoke has a POV switch and 8 programmable buttons. There is also a Mode Wheel on the back of the right handle that enables you to change the mode of your pre-programmed button profile. To the uninitiated, the modes apply to the Programming Software (SST) that comes with the controller. The software allows you to assign the keyboard commands from your simulator to the buttons on the Yoke. You can save these assignments as a profile, which can be tweaked as your flight experience increases. One Mode equals one configured set of buttons. So, with the SST, you can have a minimum of 3 different button configurations set to your controller at one time. You can even set more modes in the programming software itself. Instructions on this, and how to use the other features of the programming software, can be found here. The FSX profile for the Yoke can be downloaded from here.
With the drivers installed, the LCD screen will also display your PC time and a timer function. The throttle quadrant has 6 T buttons and 3 reverser buttons. They enable you to set functions such as reverse thrust (discussed below) to your quadrant. If you move your levers into the red detent section you will feel a click. These are the reverser buttons and these can be assigned like normal buttons to your Flight Sim, or programmed in our SST Profile Editor.
There are additional USB ports on your Yoke. Currently, we provide additional Throttle Quadrants, Rudder Pedals and the Switch Panel as additional add-on to the system. All these can be powered using the USB ports on the side of the Yoke. Future additions may require a bit more juice, which is why the Yoke has a port for a power adapter, so that it can be uses as a powered USB hub

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