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mrrocketshooz
01-06-2006, 10:32 PM
As any Aussies will know, CH pedals cost an absolute bomb here ($250AUD+) so I've been looking for alternatives.

A friend of a friend offered to sell me a set of brand new boxed Thrustmaster RCS 2000 pedals which I know nothing about. How do they compare to CH Pro Pedals? Also I assume they're gameport, can you use a USB adapter with them or something? With a USB adapter will they come up as plug&play like any USB device or do you still have to add them manually like a gameport device? I've been looking for info but can't find anything, so yeah, any info or user opinions would be great.

Thanks! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

bolox00
01-07-2006, 01:17 PM
RCS pedals are indeed gameport so, unless you are extemely lucky, they will not plug straight in under win xp (win 98 they should)

In theory (as in i haven't tried it myself) a gameport>usb adaptor should work. IIRC some adaptors state specifically they can run rudder pedals or even have 'mode' switches on them for differing hardware.

Thrustmaster pedals are wider spaced and have a stronger spring than CH pedals- a matter of taste perhaps- i prefer it that way.

My thrustmaster elite pedals(similar to rcs) are still going strong after ~8 yrs (now via a cougar-the best way to plug them in) so you should get good use out of them!

If the price is good (do an ebay search?) i'd say go for it

mrrocketshooz
01-07-2006, 07:52 PM
Thanks for the info, think I'll buy them. If they last 8 years I'll have got my money's worth http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

GreyFox5
01-08-2006, 01:14 AM
i have the ThrustMaster RCS (Rudder Control System) and I tried the Radio Shack USB>Gameport adaptor and it didn't work with my Saitek X52 set up. It may work with a standard Joystick that is USB.

Good Luck M8

Fox

Tully__
01-08-2006, 02:56 AM
The easiest workaround for Oz is probably to get the pedals and a cheap (AU$20 - 30) USB joystick then wire the pedals in place of one of the pot(entiometer)s in the joystick. Not for the soldering iron shy http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

mrrocketshooz
01-08-2006, 03:37 AM
Thanks fox, Ive got the X52 as well so thats good to know.

Interesting idea with the cheap joystick Tully, Ill give it a go if gameport gets too annoying. Should be right though, my current pedals (made out of an old gameport joystick, just took the stick part off and screwed a plank of wood onto it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif) are gameport and I havn't had any problems yet (well no gameport related ones, the part-sticky tape construction requires a little maintenance http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif).

Speaking of the X52, is there any way to make the smaller trim wheel less sensitive or move more loosely? I'm thinking about modding it to make the wheel larger so that it's easier to turn and easier to make fine adjustments with.

Thanks everyone for your replies http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Tully__
01-08-2006, 04:02 AM
Originally posted by mrrocketshooz:
Speaking of the X52, is there any way to make the smaller trim wheel less sensitive or move more loosely? I'm thinking about modding it to make the wheel larger so that it's easier to turn and easier to make fine adjustments with.

Thanks everyone for your replies http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

See under my sig pic, FoolTrottel's IL2Sticks utility.

bolox00
01-08-2006, 04:38 AM
umm.. i did say in theory, and after a search to proove to myself that i'd seen an example working
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m...711004593#5711004593 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/6681042593/r/5711004593#5711004593)

however yet more searching has revealed people do sometimes have problems with this setup- one theory is that as the rudder pedals are wired as the 'second' joystick in a gameport the lack of anything on the first joystick causes it to not be recognised.
wiring two 47k ohm resistors (or even better 100k ohm linear pots http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif ) across the relevant pins SHOULD get it to work.(or plug rudders into an old gameport stick)
http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/49310655/m...531016533#2531016533 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/49310655/m/2531016533/r/2531016533#2531016533)

If you are not happy with soldering then this next link maybe isn't for you
http://www.simhq.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=print_topic;f=79;t=001780
- pedals wired direct into x45 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

If all this puts you off there is always the 'homebuilt' option-quite a few people have done that.
Failing that usb pedals-'foolproof' but expensive. CH products do have a good reputation for quality

good luck

edit- Tully's usb stick is a good idea-K.I.S.S