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sunflower1
09-12-2004, 12:53 PM
I mapped the fire C button, the one on the back of the joystick, to ctrl E.

Was having symptoms of a stuck key or bad mouse, couldn't quite figure out how to get the rapid fire keystroke noise and constantly scrolling menu boxes to stop. Then it hit me, only happens after I launch my profile.

Banging on the eject button a few times cleared things up. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

I'd better get a new stick before I get online.

sunflower1
09-12-2004, 12:53 PM
I mapped the fire C button, the one on the back of the joystick, to ctrl E.

Was having symptoms of a stuck key or bad mouse, couldn't quite figure out how to get the rapid fire keystroke noise and constantly scrolling menu boxes to stop. Then it hit me, only happens after I launch my profile.

Banging on the eject button a few times cleared things up. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

I'd better get a new stick before I get online.

Freycinet
09-12-2004, 01:53 PM
if you (or sbdy you know) are half-good at soldering, it is easy to buy a new microswitch, wring the button off, solder the switch in and put the button back, the stick will be good as new.

Maj_Death
09-12-2004, 02:03 PM
Fire C on my X-45 wore out first too. I use it for cowl/radiator position. BTW, having bail out assigned to your joystick is probebly a bad sign http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif.

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SithSpeeder
09-12-2004, 02:44 PM
My advice is twofold.

Although the X45 is fairly robust, it is still plastic. Train yourself to not pound the buttons hard, just to push them. I went through two Cyborg Gold sticks (the first very quickly, the second much less quick, the third I still have http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif ).

Also, make intelligent mappings so that inadvertent button pushes do not cause Bailout or toggle your engine. I like using the pinkie shift and the mouse fire button (on throttle control) for bailout. To toggle my engine (coupled with cockpit lights), I have to go Mode)2 + pinkie + Fire A, making it nearly impossible to turn off my engine in flight. Then I immediately switch to Mode 1 for all flying is done (well that, and with the Mode 1+Pinkie).

You usually have a few seconds to determine if you need to bailout, so mapping it to your Fire buttons seems extreme to me. Especially when there are so many other useful functions that it could be used for.

This is just my opinion of course. YMMV.

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sunflower1
09-12-2004, 03:03 PM
I laughed at myself when I did it, figuring that when I figured out what the whole setup would look like I'd change it to something else. I just wanted to play with it some before I had to figure it all out! Radiator/cowl flaps makes sense. I need to spend some time looking at the X-45 profiles people have posted and get my act together. Being able to switch FOV while scanning is top on the list, I saw that discussed in a thread a few weeks ago.

I've got the 45 degree up views on my left hat on the stick and the level and straight up and down on the right hat on the stick and I also have the mouse emulator set up to track the sky.

The aux switch seems rather useless for inflight stuff, you can't reliably hit the positions. Tailwheel lock? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

LuckyBoy1
09-12-2004, 07:21 PM
I have some advice. Train yourself to buy a joystick that won't fail when exposed to real world stresses and being made of plastic has nothing to do with it. A good quality joystick does not need stiff, heavy handed buttons to be dependable. It needs high grade switches like the medical grade switches that come with CH sticks. They must be mounted in such a way that the button physically stops before it can crash at bottom of the stroke. This is easily done with the correct, heavy gauge plastic housings. However, you can keep what you've got and get new swtiches from time to time.

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[This message was edited by LuckyBoy1 on Sun September 12 2004 at 07:02 PM.]

GAU-8
09-13-2004, 01:33 AM
whaddya know...

the exact button just "failed" on me as well, about 3 days ago.

im happy with CH rudder pedals... i think im going with the rest of thier products.. going thru 3 x45s is enuff for me... dont expect the X52 to be any better ..really.. its a shame too.