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Opiate364
12-03-2004, 10:27 AM
I read this and couldn't believe what I was reading! This was a customer review BTW.



I bought the Saitek X45 joystick and throttle combo because the allure of the dual system was so tempting. It looks absolutely amazing in the store, all those buttons, the throttle control, so many hat switchs, a mouse controller and programable modes and lights. It even has a cute little saftey latch over one of the fire buttons. It said that the joystick used a USB port. I was expecting a fabulous joystick. What I got was a dud.

After opening the box I followed directions installing the software first but could not connect the throttle. The joystick is USB but the throttle uses a serial port that is larger than the one I have. I am still waiting to get a converter (Radio Shack is closed). But I installed and connected the joystick which my computer (Dell Dimension 4400, Windows XP, 1.6 GHZ, 128MB DDRRAM) said was just fine.

Usually XP tells you if a piece of hardware is not compatible for it, so when it didn't I assumed the X45 had an XP driver. It doesn't. I went to the website which says it has put out a driver for XP for the joystick, but I wasn't able to download it.

Right now I do not recommend this joystick. I give it about a 78% chance of being returned to Circuit City. If I could download the driver or get the converter I'll report back. When trying to play two different games (Jedi Knight II and Podracer) with the joystick they hung or crashed. Big Mistake!


So much for reading the directions. I guess reading the bad reviews for products isn't a total waste of my time.

The_Great_Stonk
12-03-2004, 10:43 AM
lmao, he obviously didnt read the instructions very carfully...

maybe he was reading the chinease section http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BM357_Infernal
12-03-2004, 11:00 AM
Hahahaha, holy joystick batman.

To be honest, I was from the very beginning planning on using the throttle only (which I still do), so I didn't even bother to get the actual joystick out of the box. Of course, when I saw the connector (which is actually female, if I'm not mistaken), it quickly downed onto me that both peripherals were interconnected.

This said, the mental image of that nitwit trying to ram the connector up his gameport is bloody well priceless. Also, how in the world did he not manage to download the software? Please, make them RTFM or stop breeding.

trumper
12-03-2004, 12:33 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif I love him,even I,,,, a real thicky managed to get most of it operating OK LOL,He makes me look good LOL LOL LOL http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

Billy_BigBoy
12-03-2004, 01:24 PM
WHOAAAAHHHHH!!!
LOL

Ohhh my....... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Maj_Death
12-03-2004, 01:32 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/351.gif

ArmchairAce
12-03-2004, 03:10 PM
@ BM357_Infernal

Please, is there a way to plug the X45 throttle directly into the PC using some converter? And to what port? USB? Gameport?

e2michaelb
12-03-2004, 07:01 PM
Hey ArmChair!

Just in case that was an honest question: The throttle plugs into the face of the joystick base, at least on my X45 setup. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

MoeLarryCheese
12-03-2004, 07:07 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by e2michaelb:
Hey ArmChair!

Just in case that was an honest question: The throttle plugs into the face of the joystick base, at least on _my_ X45 setup. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yup, the throttle plugs into the base of the joystick.
BUT bring it back to "best buy". the X45 is worthless.
You will soon learn to hate it.

MLC

Bearcat99
12-03-2004, 09:07 PM
I love my X45.... in fact I have what I consider to be one of the sweetest rigs going as far as controllers go. I use an X45 in conjunction with a MSFFB2 and some CH pedals and TIR. Ooooooooo yeah baby... immersion.... the X45 stick I use STRICTLY as a button bay. I fly and fight with the throttle and the MSFFB2... and I have my spare MSFFB2 in the closet so Ill be doing this for a long time. Lights-nav,landing,cockpit and tip smoke,drop tanks,supercharger,bail out,landing gear-manual and auto plus tailwheel lock,prop feather,attatch detatch plane,fire extinguisher,map quick record,views,gunsight,bombsight all weps... you name it it is on my sticks. Trim,prop pitch (MSFFB2 slider),flaps (X45 rudder rocker),rudder trim (MSFFB2 twist handle) all that...... I touch my keyboard for chat.... and thats because I m too pressed for time to train SHOOT 1.6. The X45 is the best HOTAS for the money make no mistake about it. It works great in XP, the profiliong software could be more intuitive but if you take the time to learn it it is sweet as all get out. At full retail of $79 US it is a good buy....if you get one here (http://store.yahoo.com/saitekusa/recprod.html) it is a steal.

LW_Icarus
12-03-2004, 10:05 PM
Thats too funny. I had my X-45 up and running in minutes. I heartily endorse Saitek sticks, and just got the X-52. love it as well.

I hope no one reads this review and believes this stick isn't any good, hope someone has since left a more accurate review there.

Athosd
12-04-2004, 12:12 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MoeLarryCheese:
BUT bring it back to "best buy". the X45 is worthless.
You will soon learn to hate it.

MLC <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Is that really your opinion?
X-45 is not bad at all - for the price its the best HOTAS available.
Such a bald statement puts you on the same side of the park as the subject of the original post.

Waldo.Pepper
12-04-2004, 01:17 AM
Nothing funny here.

I used to manage a software support department a few years ago. It is so so sad how dumb some people can be.

So sad http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Opiate364
12-04-2004, 03:19 AM
Most people that complain about the Profile Software simply never take the time to use it. I know the first few months I had my X-45 I was lazy and didnt do it. But one day, I sat down and set up my own profile and it was like a whole new experience. I couldn't believe what I wass missing. There were so many options I had to make a Chart in Word just to remember all the functions I assigned!

The thing that bothers me about the orignial product review was that the guy didnt bother to read the proper setup instructions (and believe me they are dummy proof) and that when he did have a question, he never went to the Saitek website or any other website and ask a simple question. He went back to amazon.com and complained bitterly that the product was junk. It kind of reminds me of about 80% of the negative posts around here!

T_O_A_D
12-04-2004, 04:15 AM
I'm always amazed how someone that thick could get a job that influences the public. Just think how thick his boss is. hehehe

Bear I need to get with you on your setup I find the MSFFB terribly sensitive, Stalls way to easily.

Tully__
12-04-2004, 07:18 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Athosd:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MoeLarryCheese:
BUT bring it back to "best buy". the X45 is worthless.
You will soon learn to hate it.

MLC <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Is that really your opinion?
X-45 is not bad at all - for the price its the best HOTAS available.
Such a bald statement puts you on the same side of the park as the subject of the original post. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ahhh, some people just don't like 'em. I don't understand it but they don't. Of course vice versa is true of other sticks, I thogoughly dislike some that others love. It takes all types....


As for the subject of the original post, yeah, I agree. Anyone that can't follow the simple instructions for assembling and plugging in an X-45 deserves a gameport 2 button Quickshot http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif.

actionhank1786
12-04-2004, 09:49 AM
I set the Joy stick throttle combination on my desk...and it didnt hook itself up...what gives!?

JG301_nils
12-04-2004, 10:06 AM
It seems what my X-45 is best at, is to re-boot my PC. Every now and then I just get a whomp! black screen and my PC re-boots. This has happened when I press any of the switches on both throttle and joystick. I gave it up.
I now rest permanently(?) on top of the cardboard box it was delivered in. The old tired M$FF is still my fav.

DuxCorvan
12-05-2004, 11:11 AM
I just remembered a friend of mine, some years ago. He rented a VHS movie and invited me to see it at his home and eat a pizza. The video tape was not OK at all, and the image was cr@ppy. So he tried hard to fix it... by messing with the top 'horn-helmet' TV antenna. I still remember how hard I tried not to laugh at him without mercy. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

BTW, I once found this friend trying to make a hole in his PC to insert I-don't-know-what in it. He was piercing the case with a huge hand-held tool... the PC was plugged and on... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif