What's an emulator, etc.?

In System Properties, under "Sound, Video, and Game Controllers", I have listed "Creative Audigy Gameport", "Creative Joystick Emulation", and "Creative SB Audigy".  When plugged into the gameport on the Creative Audigy soundcard, my Microsoft Sidewinder gamepad works fine, but my Microsoft Force Feedback Pro joystick shows "Not Connected".  I went to Microsoft's website and they suggested that I change the I/O range for the game controller driver to 0200-0207.  That is what the "Creative Joystick Emulation" setting is now; the "Creative Audigy Gameport" setting is D400-D407.  But the gamepad works and the joystick refuses to install when I go to "Gaming Options" (running Windows ME).  
So, I'd like to know what exactly an emulator is, and if it is possible to use my joystick?  BTW, my joystick ran fine on my old Win98 system.
scwhiteAsked:
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WakeupConnect With a Mentor Specialist 1Commented:
Well...to get to the main question of your post, What's an emulator?

Well an emulator is a piece of software designed to emulated a console machine.  What this means is that you can run and play Games on your PC from say a Super Nintendo, Playstation, Atari, Dream Cast, or whatever console depending on the software emulator that you have.

Here is a site explaining what Bleem has done to Sony.
http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,19066,00.html

Here are some other links:
http://www.gamesdomain.com/articles/12.html
http://www.megagames.com/psx/psx_bleem!.shtml
http://www.elephantstew.org/~jon/emulators/
http://www.retrogames.com/
http://emulation.net/nintendo/
http://www.consolevision.com/dreamcast/darcdc.shtml

Now for your joystick problem...I am not sure what the problem is.  But try uninstalling your drivers for the Game Controllers as well as the soundcard.....Reboot your machine...(You may have to reboot after each uninstall (ie. Sound card uninstall reboot, then uninstall Game controllers or vice versa) Then let ME detect everything and provide the latest drivers for those devices and see if it doesn't pick up your joystick.  

But before you uninstall the drivers....Make sure you go and get the latest drivers out there on hand....so that way you can have a quick easy install after you reboot.
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scwhiteAuthor Commented:
Wake-up:
Sorry it took so long for me to respond. You deserve the points for taking the time to help.  Thanks!
I finally got the joystick working, but not exactly as you said above.  I was a little hesitant to uninstall the sound card.  I went to Microsoft's site and searched the database about their Force Feedback Joystick (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q299031).  My computer is fairly new and it's the first time I've had a USB keyboard.  Well, I couldn't uninstall the Game Controllers drivers unless I was in the Safe Mode, and I couldn't get the keyboard to work before Windows loaded, so I had to fix that problem first (MS database Q320366).  After entering Safe Mode, I successfully uninstalled the Game Controller drivers, and then reloaded them.  All OK now!
Thanks again...
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WakeupSpecialist 1Commented:
scwhite, glad everything is working now!  And always glad to be of little help rather than no help!
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