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George Cottyn
Posted on Friday, August 30, 2002 - 1:36 pm:   

Win XP in new computer - All of my other devices and programs have download upgrades to run with Win XP. The exception is my Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro. I can get XP to recognize and operate the stick, but it will not allow me to install the sticks program to assign buttons. The Microsoft download site specificaly says that they do not, and will not support their stick (go figure). There must be some bright person out there thats already written a program to work around this problem. Can anybody point me in the right direction?
Posted on Friday, August 30, 2002 - 10:35 pm:   

uh........ read these articles......

my search page results and some of the links to articles:;en-us;Q320554

George Cottyn
Posted on Saturday, August 31, 2002 - 9:48 am:   

Thanks but--most of these are referring to getting XP to recognize the stick. I have already succesfully done that. The one that refers to my problem of not being able to load the sticks software conciedes that there is a problem, but offers NO solution. Many thanks for having a run at the solution though. Geo.
Posted on Saturday, August 31, 2002 - 12:19 pm:   

the older software for it is not compatible with xp, 2000. they made them specifically for win 98 and older, version 3.02. you might try the gaming boards or the newsgroups to see if any of them have a solution. some of those people try to fix this type of thing. however, i found some info on microsoft's site, it the hardware section just now.

The SideWinder Force Feedback 2 software (version 4.0) was designed to run on Windows 98 or Windows 2000. It is not compatible with earlier Windows-based operating systems. To install the SideWinder software on Windows 2000, you must log on as an administrator.

If you have Windows XP Home Edition, the SideWinder software should install and function properly. If you have Windows XP Professional Edition, you will need to be a member of the Administrators group in order to install and use the SideWinder software. so...... if you're trying to install it in anything other than admin mode, then it won't work regardless. you didn't say which version of software you have, so this would be my guess.
George Cottyn
Posted on Sunday, September 1, 2002 - 11:13 am:   

The SideWinder Game Device Software 2.0 is the software that I am trying to install. The Windows software that came with the computer is on a SPM Micro Recovery CD-Rom, Home Edition Windows XP.
I like the settings recovery feature. Already messed up twice, but the recovery is a snap. Just finding the screens I used in 98 is taking a little time to get used to, its coming along though. I havent yet seen anything called admin mode. Thanks again.
Posted on Monday, September 2, 2002 - 2:08 am:   

most don't even know they're in admin mode or not (administrator), which is the trouble. when you startup, and it settles down, look for a logoff button, see what it says. it'll say something like "logoff (name)" or "logoff administrator". you'll know then.

i've talked to a lot of people that are so used to win98, trying to use it like win98, but since it's xp or even 2000, it works different and no one really teaches them the difference, it gets confusing, so they never change to a user, for they're own protection from accidents. or are in user mode from someone setting it up and trying to install something, and it won't take it just because they aren't admins. they get frustrated. and if they are admins, and no password, they're wide open for trouble. which is what keeps tech support in business. my own opinion (disclaimer)
George Cottyn
Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2002 - 11:48 pm:   

Still havent found a solution yet. If I can find verson 4 software somewere it might work. Its either that or go back to Win 98 or buy a new stick (Microsoft ? NOT). Will keep trying and looking for a while yet.
George Cottyn
Posted on Monday, September 9, 2002 - 10:04 am:   

Hmm, sort of looks like im stymied. My stick plugs into a gameport and the verson 4 software is for a stick that plugs into a usb port. Im only guessing, but I think that it would be unlikely that the new software will work on the old stick. I will keep watching this board to see if someone can put me onto a solution. By the way, in my searching around, I am not the only one with this problem by any means. Thanks for the help and support,
Posted on Monday, September 9, 2002 - 1:50 pm:   

Q: this is one of the older ones that isn't dual gamport, usb? if you can go find a used one that's still good. switch to usb and you'll be good to go. or what i did, with my precision pro, find a returned or dammaged box, yet the stick is still good, and buy it 50% off or whatever, at a retail store.

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