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blackpanther3
09-06-2004, 02:24 PM
hi iam thinking of buying win xp but i have heard that my joy stick microsoft ff pro will not work with xp it is serial port operated any help would be appreciated

blackpanther3
09-06-2004, 02:24 PM
hi iam thinking of buying win xp but i have heard that my joy stick microsoft ff pro will not work with xp it is serial port operated any help would be appreciated

Bearcat99
09-06-2004, 02:36 PM
I am not certain of the gameport version as I have the USB one.. but try getting a gameport to USB adapter. I have a USB FFB and it works fine undr XP.

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Taylortony
09-06-2004, 04:22 PM
This is an interesting read from saitek and sums up the reason XP does not support Gameport,

Windows 2000/XP
The X36 Gameport is our oldest product and development ceased on the combo back in 1998, shortly before it was discontinued in production. Development will not be started again on this controller because it would be hampered by the fact that the X36 is unlikely to work on any PC that is powerful enough to comfortably run 2000 or XP due to the keyboard pass-through that it uses. This is the source of the programming ability for the stick and on modern-day faster PC's there is too much information coming through on this connection and the stick gets locked up, thus handicapping the full use of the combo. Therefore under 2000 and XP we will only be supporting our current, USB-connected controllers. Sorry for any inconvenience.


now if what bearcat suggests will sort it i do not know.. cheapest option buy or borrow the adaptor and try it on a friends XP PC

WTE_Galway
09-06-2004, 05:21 PM
just make sure you get a USB-gameport adapter

and NOT a USB-serialadapter, your joystick is a gameport stick not a serial one

blackpanther3
09-07-2004, 01:46 AM
thanks bearcat and others who wrote in what software did you install for the joystick to work ? or does xp have the appropriate drivers built in

WTE_Galway
09-07-2004, 01:51 AM
my old MS sidewinder worked fine in XP set up as a "yoke and throttle" on the gameport axis

but if the "FF" means your stick is Force Feedback then you may have problems

gombal40
09-07-2004, 01:52 AM
i have a Ms FF stick and it works jolly good with on serial port.
I use xp pro

Slick750
09-07-2004, 10:52 AM
I have 2 sticks, one is game port and one is USB, they are both Microsoft. I use the force feedback model (wich is gameport) never had a problem...infact the drivers are already in windows xp, it will self install in the control panel.(auto detect)