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How can I make a USB mouse appear as a joystick in Windows?

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I have some software that accepts joystick input.  I want to use a mouse, rather than a joystick for X-Y control.  Is there any way that I can plug in a 2nd (or 3rd) mouse and trick Windows (Vista) into thinking that it is a joystick?
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There is software that goes the other way, joystick-to-mouse, but I am not aware of any that goes the other way. For what software are you trying to use the mouse?
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The software is Autodesk's MotionBuilder.  I'm a novice, and have quickly discovered that trying to create or modify a device driver is beyond my abilities.  I'm hoping for a simpler solution.  
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Can you provide the instructions you're trying to work through? Perhaps we can help you with that.
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MotionBuilder accepts 3 input devices - keyboard, mouse, joystick.  Joysticks do not have the level of accuracy that I need and are also built to reset to center position.  A mouse has both the accuracy that I need and the ability to hold in a position indefinately.  I can use a mouse as the input device, but, that means that the cursor also moves and it's impractical for the user.  The ultimate solution is a second mouse that does not control the cursor, but does appear to the software as a joysitck.
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The only option that occurs to me that might meet your requirements is the addition of a serial mouse.

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