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XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 09:54 AM
just bought this joy...seems very very good easy to customize etc...

Is there any particular thing I should do to fine tune it..
I set it with all my most used keys and it seems to work well.

A bit of difference from ff2. More 'strong' feel and no feedback (no big deal so far)..

Any thoughts?

XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 09:54 AM
just bought this joy...seems very very good easy to customize etc...

Is there any particular thing I should do to fine tune it..
I set it with all my most used keys and it seems to work well.

A bit of difference from ff2. More 'strong' feel and no feedback (no big deal so far)..

Any thoughts?

XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 10:13 AM
I just got one too and am happy with it,although i dont know how long they will last.

XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 10:15 AM
probley 20% of the ppl here use it..........the rudder control sucks..i only use the throttle part with my msff2

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XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 10:23 AM
You could use a tie-wrap to pull the string together some to make the string-force on the stick a bit less.

Agree that the rudder rocker switch sucks. Other than that it's a fine HOTAS, i use it with a Logitech FFB (got used to the swivel rudder /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif ).

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XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 10:30 AM
I agree, rudder is crap compared to the control u get with the horizontal one in ff2..more precise.

I wonder if I should get the full feast and go for pedals as well.....

any luck online and differences with ff2??

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Tully__
12-15-2003, 10:59 AM
I've been using it for about 18 months. Best of the Saitek offerings, and if you can cope with the slightly unusual rudder treatment, the equal of any of the non-FFB MS sticks. It also gives (IMHO) better value for $$$ than CH or cougar, though if you can spare the cash those two may be better options.

A further advantage (again IMHO) is the option of the 3rd party Dhauzimmer drivers and their associated profiling options Hazardscript or XDprofile, though Saitek have finally come up with a very close equivalent in their latest offerings.

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XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 11:05 AM
i like the rudder control..same action, only fingers used instead of feet. i tried the "twisty stick action" didnt feel right. maybe too many axes on one stick to deal with i spose.

i love it.. but BE PREPARED for something to break within 6 months... not saying it will be unuseable....just irritating.

with 3 years ive had just as many.

but then again im simming an average of 30/40 hrs a week. thats quit a bit.

XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 11:06 AM
Allow me to simply recycle all that has been said so far.

I love my x45, although rudder is weak.

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XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 02:51 PM
I use one...my flaps are on the rocker... rudder is pedals. I like it because it is virtually unlimitted in it's programming. There is a screw on the bottom off the throttle for the tension if you want to adjust it.

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XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 03:19 PM
Satisfied user here.

I use the pedals of a Logitech Wheel for rudder pedals with zero issues.

Treid both the Dhauzimmer and the SST solution, both are on par as of now. The latest SST release works fine in FB, FS2004 LOMAC and Flanker 2.5.

It might not be a looker, but it's a good stick for your $.


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XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 05:35 PM
I have been using either it or the older X-36 for over a year now and I love them. I got the CH Pro pedals for my rudder, and use the rudder rocker as my brakes which actually works very well. IMHO it is the best bang for the buck as far as joysticks are concerned. Enjoy it /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
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adlabs6
12-15-2003, 06:33 PM
I've been using my X-45 for a year now. Best joystick I ever bought.

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XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 06:37 PM
Yeah, I love it, but use seperate rudder pedals (don't like faking it on the stick)...

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XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 06:40 PM
I took Bearcat's advice and use the throttle with my MSFF2.

It's an excellent combo.

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XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 06:53 PM
I've been using the 45 for a few months and I love it. Unlike some others, I have no problems with the "rocker" rudder, but I think part of that issue is a comfort thing. One thing though, can one of you x45 users point me in the right direction with a question I have? I can't figure out what the mode switch does.

XyZspineZyX
12-15-2003, 07:07 PM
I'm using the J45 (force feedback, throttle on the stick and 'twisty' rudder). Works great so far with one exception - it occasionally loses calibration at a "refly"; I'll "resurrect" at the base, and find that I have full rudder or full aileron deflection. I have to cycle the stick (and rudder) through all axes to "recalibrate" it.

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XyZspineZyX
12-18-2003, 04:56 PM
aerick2:
One thing though, can one of you x45 users point me in the right direction with a question I have? I can't figure out what the mode switch does.

Since no one else addressed this....

You can use it to set up different flight management profiles. I use mode 1 for engine management, takeoff and landing. Mode 2 for all things fighter related and Mode 3 for all things bomber related. This is especially helpful considering you have many different things to manage such as bombsight and level flight.
I seldom need to use the keyboard except for watching tracks. It's very immersive when you never have to look down.
(If there's anything to see looking down that means someone has shot a big hole in the floor of my cockpit! LOL)