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From the forums: USB headaches

In this thread from the Troubleshooting Forum, a TechRepublic member earns 200 TechPoints for helping resolve a problem with a Force Feedback joystick.


Recently, TechRepublic member Pyesner had a problem with his Force Feedback Pro joystick. He believed that it was a problem with his new USB DSL modem. Up for grabs were 200 TechPoints for a helpful response to his problem.

Force Feedback vs. DSL modems
Pyesner posted the following question in the PC Troubleshooting section of the SupportRepublic Forum:

“I have a Gateway PII 400 running Win98. Attached to the sound card is a Microsoft Force Feedback joystick. It has been running fine until I installed a DSL Modem on a USB port. When the modem is installed, the PC recognizes my joystick as a Gamepad, and it becomes unusable. The only fix I have so far is to disconnect the modem from the USB port when I want to use the joystick. Besides being a hassle, it eliminates the use of the joystick when online. I have tried reinstalling the joystick and modem without success.”

And the TechPoints are awarded to…
Bdgray replied to Pyesner’s challenge by posting the following:

“I suggest that you get a new DSL modem. Most articles I have read about DSL hardware suggest the same. See if you can still exchange it for an Ethernet modem or an internal one. I still consider USB to be proprietary and would not recommend it for anything but mice, keyboards, and joysticks.”

For his trouble, Bdgray was awarded the 200 TechPoints!
As you probably know by now, you earn TechPoints whenever you use the TechRepublic site. (If you don't know how many TechPoints you have, click the My TechPoints link in our left navigation bar.) When you post a question in one of our forums, you get to designate a certain number of those points as a prize to be awarded to whomever answers your question correctly. After you post a question in a TechRepublic forum, you can check for answers periodically or request an e-mail message notifying you when someone posts an answer to your question. Follow this link to check out the threads in the forum center.
Recently, TechRepublic member Pyesner had a problem with his Force Feedback Pro joystick. He believed that it was a problem with his new USB DSL modem. Up for grabs were 200 TechPoints for a helpful response to his problem.

Force Feedback vs. DSL modems
Pyesner posted the following question in the PC Troubleshooting section of the SupportRepublic Forum:

“I have a Gateway PII 400 running Win98. Attached to the sound card is a Microsoft Force Feedback joystick. It has been running fine until I installed a DSL Modem on a USB port. When the modem is installed, the PC recognizes my joystick as a Gamepad, and it becomes unusable. The only fix I have so far is to disconnect the modem from the USB port when I want to use the joystick. Besides being a hassle, it eliminates the use of the joystick when online. I have tried reinstalling the joystick and modem without success.”

And the TechPoints are awarded to…
Bdgray replied to Pyesner’s challenge by posting the following:

“I suggest that you get a new DSL modem. Most articles I have read about DSL hardware suggest the same. See if you can still exchange it for an Ethernet modem or an internal one. I still consider USB to be proprietary and would not recommend it for anything but mice, keyboards, and joysticks.”

For his trouble, Bdgray was awarded the 200 TechPoints!
As you probably know by now, you earn TechPoints whenever you use the TechRepublic site. (If you don't know how many TechPoints you have, click the My TechPoints link in our left navigation bar.) When you post a question in one of our forums, you get to designate a certain number of those points as a prize to be awarded to whomever answers your question correctly. After you post a question in a TechRepublic forum, you can check for answers periodically or request an e-mail message notifying you when someone posts an answer to your question. Follow this link to check out the threads in the forum center.

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