Solved

Force Feedback intermittent

Posted on 1998-12-09
4
291 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
My Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro joystick's force feedback capabilities seem to be working intermittently.  Sometimes when I start a ff-enabled game, the forces work, and sometimes they don't.  In fact, sometimes the joystick goes "limp", and I have to power the computer all the way down to re-initialize the joystick.  I've tried reinstalling the joystick, adding and removing it from control panel, reinstalling the joystick's software, and reinstalling directx, all to no avail.  However, except for when the joystick goes limp (in which case the computer indicates that it's not connected (in control panel)), the force feedback tester in control panel works fine.  Any ideas?
0
Comment
Question by:schwabg
4 Comments
 

Expert Comment

by:althazzar
ID: 1101249
You should remember that it is a Microsoft product, and Microsoft products are always buggy, but you could try checking the Microsoft site for new drivers...
0
 
LVL 2

Expert Comment

by:Bossman117
ID: 1101250
I have the same joystick and the only game I had a problem with was Shadows of the Empire which has a patch out for it.  Other games I've tried I had no troubles with.
0
 

Accepted Solution

by:
burratha earned 100 total points
ID: 1101251
I experienced problems of this nature.

My main stumbling blocks was Norton Protection on the Recycle bin in Windows. Remove this and the Force-Feedback should return.

Also, check the sidewinder homepage and download the latest sidewinder software (about 8 megs I'm afraid) but it is definitely worth it.

Good luck!
0
 

Author Comment

by:schwabg
ID: 1101252
Sorry, y'all...I found the answer after doing some research on Microsoft's and Diamond's websites.  It seems there is a compatibility issue between the Monster Sound series of cards, Windows 98, and v1.0 of the Force Feedback Pro joystick.  Diamond suggests updating the Sidewinder control panel software to version 3.02, and Microsoft suggests turning hardware-based sound acceleration all the way down.  Neither of these solutions works.  I wound up buying a Sound Blaster Live! PCI sound card instead....problem fixed!!
0

Featured Post

Announcing the Most Valuable Experts of 2016

MVEs are more concerned with the satisfaction of those they help than with the considerable points they can earn. They are the types of people you feel privileged to call colleagues. Join us in honoring this amazing group of Experts.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
How will PC be improving graphics to compete with next gen consoles? 11 398
World of Warcraft Video Card?? 9 630
Ipad apps 2 318
Unity game development advices! 3 278
If you are interested in the gaming world and want to try World of Warcraft, I'd recommend this basic set of add-ons to get you started.  All add-ons are available either by Google search or on Curse.com. For the person who doesn't want to get in…
As we all know Counter Strike is a very popular computer game. Usually it is played over a network for which people create a server and users join it but it is interesting to know that one can creates a dedicated server which not only hosts the game…
This Micro Tutorial hows how you can integrate  Mac OSX to a Windows Active Directory Domain. Apple has made it easy to allow users to bind their macs to a windows domain with relative ease. The following video show how to bind OSX Mavericks to …
Migrating to Microsoft Office 365 is becoming increasingly popular for organizations both large and small. If you have made the leap to Microsoft’s cloud platform, you know that you will need to create a corporate email signature for your Office 365…

816 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

13 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now