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XyZspineZyX
07-07-2003, 02:09 PM
Sooo I dragged out the old X36 while I wait for a replacement, downloaded/installed the latest SGE (which finally works as advertised in XP, about time Saitek) and to my surprise I fly better /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif .

The stick is still too loose, but my online performance is much improved over the Cougar. I now wish I could fix the sloppy centering but the internal design of the stick doesn't allow for easy repairs (hot glue on the PCB and wire harnesses, plastic coponents glued instead of screwed together)

Hmmm, I feel the need to grab the old Dremel and creat a mutant stick /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif .

Roy Baty
III/7/JG2

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XyZspineZyX
07-07-2003, 02:09 PM
Sooo I dragged out the old X36 while I wait for a replacement, downloaded/installed the latest SGE (which finally works as advertised in XP, about time Saitek) and to my surprise I fly better /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif .

The stick is still too loose, but my online performance is much improved over the Cougar. I now wish I could fix the sloppy centering but the internal design of the stick doesn't allow for easy repairs (hot glue on the PCB and wire harnesses, plastic coponents glued instead of screwed together)

Hmmm, I feel the need to grab the old Dremel and creat a mutant stick /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif .

Roy Baty
III/7/JG2

"Be happy in your work!"
- Col. Saito

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XyZspineZyX
07-07-2003, 02:51 PM
have you tried X45?

XyZspineZyX
07-07-2003, 03:20 PM
X45 has sloppy center too, I guess I've just gotten used to it. There is nothing like fling w/ a HOTAS and rudder peddles. I chose X45 because of the price and found it's a wonderful stick. It has it's problems as you mentioned, shoddy construction, loose center... All things considered however, its an amazing value!



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Cpt.LoneRanger
07-07-2003, 03:52 PM
I've flown almost 10 years with my old gameport CH Products Fighterstick and it's still more precise than the X45 I just bought.

I just don't like the lose center of the X45 and the quality is rather....cheap.

However, the programming software is great and easy to use. So I think overall the X45 is a nice stick, but not for the hardcore-simmer.

My opinion, anyway. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif


greets
Cpt.LoneRanger

XyZspineZyX
07-07-2003, 10:18 PM
Glad to hear that somebody is using the CH Products gear. I have flown with my gameport CH Products FighterStick, Throttle, and Rudder for 5 years. I am very comfortable with this set up. If they could increase the spring tension in the FighterStick a little bit, that would be perfect. I certainly got my money's worth in countless hours (amid wife's complaints /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif ) of Falcon 4, IL-2 and now Forgotten Battles.

Nowi

Cpt.LoneRanger wrote:
- I've flown almost 10 years with my old gameport CH
- Products Fighterstick and it's still more precise
- than the X45 I just bought.
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- I just don't like the lose center of the X45 and the
- quality is rather....cheap.
-
- However, the programming software is great and easy
- to use. So I think overall the X45 is a nice stick,
- but not for the hardcore-simmer.
-
- My opinion, anyway. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
-
-
- greets
- Cpt.LoneRanger
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