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e2michaelb
08-28-2006, 05:56 PM
How can I tell when my joystick needs replacement?(Spare me the sophomoric comments, please http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif). I don't know if it is me or my 4+ year-old Saitek X45, but I seem to have a lot of trouble staying on target when pursuing an adversary, much less, maintaining a steady bead once within shooting range; I'm just all over the sky. I have the sensitivity settings for pitch and roll set pretty low (1-4-9-16-25-36-49-64-81-100) so as not to over-control. Could it be the joystick innards are wearing out and sending bad signals? It does seem to have lost some of its resistance to movement, picking up every little twitch of my nervous hand.

hamrtime
08-28-2006, 06:26 PM
Try re calibrating it. Go to

Start>Controll panel>Printers and other hardware>Game controllers

Did that to mine at it started to preform like it was brand new.

Skoshi Tiger
08-28-2006, 06:37 PM
My CH CombatStick has been 'Dying'for the last 4 years (it's an 8yr old game port model)! Every year I say to myself 'its time to USB', Then I go 'Nahh!' pull out a screw driver and get some contact spray onto the Pots and she's good as new.

Check on the internet to see if there are instructions on how to get into your model of joystick and remember to unplug it before you work on it!

You have to be very careful that you don't crack the posts that the screws go into. I've had to rebuild mine with epoxy a couple of times.

The best bit is that authentic WWII creaking that you get with an older joystick, it help simulated the twisting airframe as you pull Hi-G turns http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Bearcat99
08-29-2006, 08:07 AM
It could be the stick..... Contack Saitek.. see what they say. I havent had to use thier support yet.. but I hear it is pretty good.... Who knows.. they may send a a recon for free even if it is out of warranty... I have heard of that happening with them in the past.

Tully__
08-29-2006, 08:13 AM
Go to Windows Game Controllers properties and see what your joystick is sending in the way of axis outputs (find it in Control Panel or if you use the Saitek SST drivers/software right click the joystick icon in the system tray (lower right corner of the screen) and select "Control Panel"). If the marker in the properties window for the X-45 is steady and smoothly follows the actual joystick position the joystick is good. If it's jittery and jerky when following the joystick you're near the end of your X-45 life.

If the indications are the stick is on the way out you can do maintenance. You can get replacement potentiometers from Saitek and extend the life of the stick considerably (or send it away and have Saitek do it for you), but unless you're particularly attached to the rocker rudder on the X-45 throttle it may be time to consider an upgrade to an X-52 or some CH Products gear.

Haigotron
08-29-2006, 09:32 AM
"iViagra" can always perk up your joystick for long hours at a time

RamsteinUSA
08-29-2006, 11:29 AM
this might not help much but my Saitek X36 USB is stil in use by me...

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/crackwhip.gif

so maybe yours is still fine...
there is a bit more slack in the stick but it's still working fine...


BTW, if the rocker switch start to get flaky... just spray it a tad with some WD-40 or liquid wrench... but do it very sparingly as to not short it out..

I also use pedals, the rocker switch is used for flaps..
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Originally posted by e2michaelb:
How can I tell when my joystick needs replacement?(Spare me the sophomoric comments, please http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif). I don't know if it is me or my 4+ year-old Saitek X45, but I seem to have a lot of trouble staying on target when pursuing an adversary, much less, maintaining a steady bead once within shooting range; I'm just all over the sky. I have the sensitivity settings for pitch and roll set pretty low (1-4-9-16-25-36-49-64-81-100) so as not to over-control. Could it be the joystick innards are wearing out and sending bad signals? It does seem to have lost some of its resistance to movement, picking up every little twitch of my nervous hand.