I run Windows XP Pro on a AMD 1800+, 512Mb RAM, with Creative SoundBlaster Live! Value soundcard with gameport, and NVidia GeForce4 MX440 Graphics card.
I had XP Pro before and my MS Sidewinder Gamepad worked perfectly. I had a problem which meant re-installing XP Pro, and a few MS updates later (I don't have SP2!) & autodetect detects the gamepad as "Microsoft SideWinder 3D Pro" and shows "not connected" when it is!. I remove this, try again, install different soundcard drivers, etc, and finally get "Microsoft SideWinder gamepad" and shows as connected. The game will work, but keep stalling & when I quit game & check in "gaming devices", I see the 3D Pro has returned & says not connected again.
This is very frustrating, as this has worked perfectly for a long time before with XP Pro, and on the same machine with the same spec, so this must be some sort of software conflict or problem, or a MS update that has changed things. Please can anybody help me?