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GrinderX9
02-09-2005, 10:33 AM
sorry to say, joysticks dont live forever.
So whats the longest period of time one of your joystick has lasted?

I got my first joystick in 1994, i think I gave about 8 pounds for it, it had 2 buttons. A realy cheap **** joystick. I used that stikk extreamly much, X-wing, tie fighter, EAW, rebell assault.
That good old joystick held until 2004! 10 years! Then i got a new one, a expensiv one this time, it held for 4 weeks. Then i got a new one, dont remember the what kind, this also only lastet about a month. And last, I got myself the X45, hope that one last a bitt longer...

So what experienses haw you had? Eny one better then 8 and 10 years?

GrinderX9
02-09-2005, 10:33 AM
sorry to say, joysticks dont live forever.
So whats the longest period of time one of your joystick has lasted?

I got my first joystick in 1994, i think I gave about 8 pounds for it, it had 2 buttons. A realy cheap **** joystick. I used that stikk extreamly much, X-wing, tie fighter, EAW, rebell assault.
That good old joystick held until 2004! 10 years! Then i got a new one, a expensiv one this time, it held for 4 weeks. Then i got a new one, dont remember the what kind, this also only lastet about a month. And last, I got myself the X45, hope that one last a bitt longer...

So what experienses haw you had? Eny one better then 8 and 10 years?

WWSensei
02-09-2005, 10:43 AM
I'm still using my MSPP joystick I purchased in 1997.

Capt.LoneRanger
02-09-2005, 10:59 AM
CH Fighterstick since 1997. Pitty it's on gameport and it doesn't work with my new motherboard http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

Jasko76
02-09-2005, 11:30 AM
I've played through alot sticks, my longest living was the Top Gun stick. My worst sticks have all come from Logitech, so I would recommend to anyone to stay away from Logitech products, both sticks and wheels!

Iron_Hand1
02-09-2005, 11:47 AM
Though it will cost more than any other setup than maybe a Cougar, The Best Hotas for durability and performance are CH products.

EmbarkChief
02-09-2005, 11:53 AM
I've been using my MSFF2 since 2001 on a pretty regular basis. When it dies I don't know what I'm going to do..

HW3
02-09-2005, 12:14 PM
I've been using my Logitech since 2001 with no problems.

horseback
02-09-2005, 12:50 PM
I gave a Sidewinder Precision 2 in perfect condition to my son after 18 month's hard use; it's still quite good 2 years later.

I've since upgraded to CH over the last 2 years-no problems

cheers

horseback

RevvinUK
02-09-2005, 01:40 PM
I have a gameport CH Force FX and Pro Throttle in my wardrobe as a backup to my USB gear. I bought them around 7 or so years ago and all the hat switches, buttons and axis work fine. I went USB for the easy connectivity and added programmability.

Taylortony
02-09-2005, 01:46 PM
X45 3 years old http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Extreme_One
02-09-2005, 01:47 PM
Saitek Cyborg 3D since 1997.

Ok so the trigger's bodged on with elastic bands now but you only notice that when you look at it. It feels as good as new!

adlabs6
02-09-2005, 02:01 PM
I've got an old two button Logitech Wingman with throttle wheel from around 1995, it still works fine except that the gameport interface is disappearing.

I've got a couple of newer Logitech Wingman Extreme 3D sticks from around 2002, all of which have spiky rudder problems.

My X45 just turned 2 years old last month, still going strong.

Bearcat99
02-09-2005, 02:54 PM
I still have my original MSFFB2 stick which I gave to my 7 year old son.... It is 4 yerars old.... works great..

Demons7th_Wolf
02-09-2005, 11:21 PM
LOGITECH WINGMAN JOYSTICK 3001 (PC)
http://www.comelsoft.com/images/joysticks/wingman.jpg
Features:
* Get the first shot with the rapid fire trigger;
* Non-slip rubber buttons for fast actions;
* Precise throttle control gives you the advantage;
* Steel-weighted base stays rock steady;
* Smooth, accurate tracking mechanism;
* System requirements: IBM system; Windows or DOS; 15-pin game port


It still works i sometimes still fly with it.

Hristo_
02-09-2005, 11:28 PM
Where are all those Thrustmasters ?! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

VF-19
02-10-2005, 12:09 AM
Microsoft Sidewinder 3D pro I got for Christmas on the year it first came out (I think). I was using it when my Logitech gave out untill I picked up the X45. As far as I know, it still works great!

Of course it feels a bit "weird", but only because I was so used to the logitech...

sc1949
02-10-2005, 12:30 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Hristo_:
Where are all those Thrustmasters ?! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thrusty Afterburner II still going strong after I think 5 years, never had a problem, split joystick to right hand and throttle to left, with Modena wheel in centre as button bank, keyboard back of joystick. Much cheaper than CH or some others, and I use this thing non-stop (relatively speaking, gotta sleep sometime).

JG52MadAdler
02-10-2005, 01:12 AM
MSFFB2 purchased in 2001 Still kicking hard!
I bought a backup on Ebay (Looks like it will be
some time before I have to use ithttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

AWL_Spinner
02-10-2005, 03:38 AM
Well they say you get what you pay for!

CH Flightstick Pro, at LEAST ten years old now (gameport) and still as sharp as it ever was. Never had to repair or replace anything. Same goes for the CH Pedals.

I'm having to keep hold of an old PCI Soundblaster Live card just for it's gameport - I disable the audio hardware in it (I have an nForce board with no gameport now).

jeanba2
02-10-2005, 08:27 AM
One of the joysticks I had with my Atari VCS (1981), is still alive http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Taylortony
02-10-2005, 11:08 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Hristo_:
Where are all those Thrustmasters ?! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ok then

Thrustmaster Cougar Hotas and Elite pedal set up.... Still as crisp and tight as the day I bought it............. Reason being I prefer my X45 3 years young, so the HOTAS is a dust collector and nothing more..

midgie
02-10-2005, 11:26 AM
I got two joysticks (one for my bro) 1990ish for the amiga. Both still work and they took a real beating, at 5 each that's 30 years for a tenner.

Icurrently have a 4yr old MS Sidewinder and a 1yr X45 both working sweet.

Enofinu
02-10-2005, 11:43 AM
CH usb fighterstick with pro throttle + simped pedals, works nicely. had earlier TM hotas cougar, first worn out in 4 months, got second in quarantee, same worn out time. got moneys back and now happy with CH, accurate, sensitive and light http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif also good quality. never go back on TM products.

dglasal
02-10-2005, 05:27 PM
Thrustmaster F16 FLCS with Thrustmaster Rudder Control System bought during my 1st marrage over 11 years ago. Still going strong with some duck tape on the wires.

GT182
02-10-2005, 07:57 PM
Cougar and CH Pro pedals, bought secondhand, works fine with the latest software and I've had it for 2 1/2 years. Backup stick... Logitech Wingman Extreme Digital 3D, bought new in 2000 and still ticking. This is the gameport type with USB addon plug.

I had a Saitek Cyborg Gold 3D, between the Wingman and Cougar, that lasted one week over the warranty and died.

PBNA-Boosher
02-10-2005, 08:12 PM
Still have my Sidewinder Precision 2, bought it when the type first came out.

tjaika1910
02-11-2005, 12:39 AM
I have a cheapo thing that dont seem to last long, Rockfire. But the store was nice a replaced my first one with this (lost receip)

But guys, what is the weak part? Is it the potmeter, that could be changed to something with better quality, giving a long life to the joystick.

Anyone made their own joystick?

Saw that people playing GPL (an old formula one sim that cover the 1967 leage) built their own wheel and pedals.

Lucius_Esox
02-11-2005, 05:17 AM
I had loads of sticks up until about 93 (meine got! I'm old) Then brought a CH Flightstick. That lasted until 2000, well no actually wanted ff. Brought a M/S FF1 in 2000. I stepped on that in 2001 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/354.gif and brought FF2. Still got and am gonna buy another one from Ebay. I learnt pretty early with j/sticks, nay anything, you mostly get what you pay for. If only CH did some pukka FF gear!!

ASM 1
02-11-2005, 05:40 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by JG52MadAdler:
MSFFB2 purchased in 2001 Still kicking hard!
I bought a backup on Ebay (Looks like it will be
some time before I have to use ithttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I bought my FFB2 in 2003, just after I got FB and just BEFORE M$ announced that they were being. Had a MS Precision 2 before that for six months but thought I'd better get an FFB2 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif otherwise http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/351.gif I got a backup for it last year but dunno if/when I am gonna need it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

The Precision 2 is still going strong... my nephew has it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif