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Frustrating joystick failure,please help

By TxITGuy ·
I have been through 4 different joysticks from 4 different vendors now (Performance Multimedia, Logitech, Gravis, Microsoft), two different sound cards (SB Live Value and Ensoniq), and two different interfaces (game/midi port and USB). I have had the latest game port drivers installed, and am using DirectX 7.0a. I have had the entire system checked by a technician, who found _no_ hardware problems.......and I am STILL unable to get a joystick to center properly on the Y-axis, not even MS's Sidewinder Precision 2.
So, does anyone know why I can't get a joystick to function properly...and most importantly, _how_ do I fix it?

Current system config:
Windows 98 (4.10.199
Tekram MB / Award BIOS (11/08/99)
2 serial, 1 parallel, 2 USB, 2 PS/2
2 ATA-33 ATAPI IDE (naturally)
1 FDD (naturally)
Creative Labs SB Live Value (PCI)
256 MB RAM
MS Sidewinder Precision 2 (USB)
Logitech Optical Wheel Mouse (USB)
3COM 3c509b-TP NIC (ISA)
Modem (5634BTS, 56K v.90, TI chipset) (PCI)
S3Trio 3D (4MB) (AGP)

There's more on my system, but this is everything that uses a IRQ directly, attaches directly to the system, or has been involved in my attempts to isolate the problem.

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by WITS In reply to Frustrating joystick fail ...

O.K the first thing I would do would be to start the pc in safe mode and remove all the drivers for the sound card or cards if that is the case. Uninstall all joystick drivers and check the systems info (start-programs-acessories-sys tools-sysinfo. Go to tools and down to system config utility and check the auto exec bat. Win dosn't need auto exec bat. so uncheck the sound blaster setings.
Re start and windows will load the drivers for the sound card and the joystick by default.
Go to sysinfoagain and go to tools-directx diag tool,go to input and see if your joystick and relevent win driver are installed.
Go to control panel and and test the Joystick. Start-settings-control panel-joystick-properties.
That should get you out of troublefor most basic games.(you only got 4mg vga).
If you do all this and no luck please email for more info .
Glen

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by TxITGuy In reply to Frustrating joystick fail ...

Sorry this took so long, I had other more pressing matters. I've been through your steps and, while it works perfectly in Control Panel (always has), it still behaves as if it's pulled backwards in Flight Simulator 98. So, what is it about that game that is causing it to misread the joystick?
The only possibility I could find is that the joystick and sound drivers are not on the list of certified DirectX drivers. The sound blaster series drivers never have been though (don't know why, Creative Labs has been a major vendor since at least DirectX 3.0...are you listening M$?)
Thanks,
Ben

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by mbbutts In reply to Frustrating joystick fail ...

Go to www.stickworks.com and click on files.
Download CTFJV32.ZIP. It is a free joystick centering utility and it worked great for me.
You might want to scroll the main page. This is a website devoted to game controllers

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by TxITGuy In reply to Frustrating joystick fail ...

Well, I tried the utility you recommended (twice, just in case), but it didn't really help. While it may be neat in a simulation to watch a 30 passenger turboprop (EMB-120) loop-the-loop without pilot intervention, it's not very fun when you want to fly straight and level. Thanks anyway. If bmx's idea doesn't help (and I've done it once already also), then I'm going to start looking for a problem in FS98.

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by jdfcomputer In reply to Frustrating joystick fail ...

Which game port are you connecting to?
The one off the motherboard or the one from your sound card. Be sure to diable on of them and then remove the game port drivers from the OS and reboot to let it detect the remaining game port.

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by TxITGuy In reply to Frustrating joystick fail ...

I only have one game port, the one off the sound card. Thanks anyway.

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