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mynameisroland
12-10-2007, 04:18 PM
Mine just arrived today and its extreme right hand throttle is slightly distorted but most impressive is the two and a half foot USB cable length.

I've had to move around my desk and furniture so that my Computer tower sits to my Left hand side, stretching my LAN cable in the process.

It is 1/3rd the length of their Joystick cables.

I know it probably mates to the Flight Yoke but Saitek should have got wise to the fact people would buy it as a stand alone unit also.

na85
12-10-2007, 04:20 PM
You can buy a USB extension cable for cheap at most electronics stores like futileshop or bestbuy.

mynameisroland
12-10-2007, 04:28 PM
Originally posted by na85:
You can buy a USB extension cable for cheap at most electronics stores like futileshop or bestbuy.

Or even a USB hub but thats not the point really.

Its an expensive piece of gear and it should be workable out the box.

Haigotron
12-10-2007, 04:32 PM
how much did it cost you, If I may pry? Im looking to getting one...but need to find a seller in Canada

Stew278
12-10-2007, 04:52 PM
By slightly distorted do you mean the right throttle lever is bent inwards a little? Mine is like that too. It seemed to me like the way they package it for shipping puts some sideways pressure on the outer 2 throttles, causing them to bend inwards. But, I've had it for a month with no problems so far.

The cable is ~4ft(1.2m) on the one I have, I just measured it. I agree, it is about 1/2 or 1/3 the length it should be. I've never seen a gaming controller with that little length of cable. Maybe they figured since people would be anchoring it to the desk it would be close to the computer? It's not like USB cable costs them that much that an extra 2-4ft would break the bank for them or anything.

triad773
12-10-2007, 05:03 PM
Yeah the wife got mine at Go-Gamer.com for a decent price in the US. The length of the USB cord has much to be desired admittedly, but once sorted out mine works OK. It feels inexpensive, but beleive me when I knock into the bloody thing it smarts just the same (sharp corners http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif)

Regardless of the inconvenience mine pairs up nicely with my Saitek EVO Force stick.

Cold_Gambler
12-10-2007, 06:23 PM
May I recommend the LT 3D Cruiser? It comes with an 8-foot long USB cable... I posted a review of the device in this forum.

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Haigotron
12-10-2007, 07:39 PM
so, all those who own the saitek quadrant, would you say you're overall pleased with it? Also, did you buy 1, and finally, what did you map to it?

Bearcat99
12-10-2007, 08:14 PM
With USB extension cables from $2 on up... it seems like an easy fix to a minor annoyance...

Skoshi Tiger
12-10-2007, 08:17 PM
I've got mine last week. I can't say I've noticed any og the levers bent (I'll check it out when I get home!)

Although light in it'self when it's clamped to the table it's fairly sturdy.

I use it left handed with the following mappings
Far left- throttle
Middle- Prop pitch/speed
Right- Flaps
(if anyone can tell me how to map mixture to one of the leaves please do!)

The rocker buttons I have matched (from memory)

Left Up - Chocks away
Left Down - Open/close canopy

Middle Up- Lock tailwheel
Middle Down- raise/lower hook

Right Up- gear
Right Down - manually lower gear

I've been used to having the CH THrottle with a lot of functions at my finger tips - which isn't quite right for WWII era aircraft. The Rocker switches are closer to the mark.

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Cold_Gambler
12-10-2007, 08:29 PM
Originally posted by Haigotron:
how much did it cost you, If I may pry? Im looking to getting one...but need to find a seller in Canada

Extreme PC (Guelph, ON) are selling it @ C$65.00
SohoDiffusion (Montréal, Québec) @ C$69.90

Haigotron
12-10-2007, 10:27 PM
SohoDiffusion (Montréal, Québec) @ C$69.90

thank you http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif that's perfect http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

mmitch10
12-11-2007, 01:47 AM
Originally posted by Skoshi Tiger:
Right- Flaps
(if anyone can tell me how to map mixture to one of the leaves please do!)


I mapped a slider to mixture using Autohotkey, although the slider was one attached to Leo Bodnar's controller, and not the Saitek throttle quadrant. It's done in 10% increments to match up to the 10 settings you can have for mixture, so it's not a true slider but as close as you can get with this sim.

I can't take any credit for it though, it was Sokol_1 and BaldieJr who pointed me in the right direction, see the post here:

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/228...561033555#1561033555 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/2281015255?r=1561033555#1561033555)

Good luck with it!

mynameisroland
12-11-2007, 07:00 AM
hi guys, i got it for £43 with postage and waited 10 days for the sucker! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Any links for where I can get a cheap extension cable or USB hub? I looked in Maplin today and an extension was £7.99. While standing in the Xmas shopping queue to buy it I had enough time to decide id be better of with a hub or a cheaper cable.

Bewolf
12-11-2007, 07:18 AM
Cables are the only detail of Saitekk Joysticks I have my gripes with as well. As good the sticks are by themselves, their cable connection plugs and cable lenghs leave much to be desired. Considering it's quite easy to change these, I wonder why it was not done.