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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008

    Question MSoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro USB Adapter

    Hey there Gamers,

    I have a sidewinder joystick (force feedback) p/n 96755. I bought it in 1999. It works great and is in excellent condition.

    My son got a new computer with only one port in which the flat panel monitor plug is using (cheap factory builds!). I am looking for an adapter from my 15 pin male connector to USB. I found a few of them online. However, they do not support all models of the force feedback joystick? What gives?

    Has anyone done this before? Some advice would be greatly appreciated.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 1998
    Adelaide, South Australia
    Adapters are a bit of trial-and-error unfortunately. I tried a few to see if I could salvage my old Logitech Wingman Interceptor, but in the end I gave up.

    Anything more than a 2-axis, 4-button joystick is going above and beyond what the game port is specified for. With a real game port you can get around that using drivers and stuff, but once you put a USB adapter with its own drivers in the middle things start to get tough.

    Your best bet would probably be a PCI game port adapter if you can get one, but I think they're pretty much extinct. Apparently Microsoft stopped shipping game port drivers in Vista too.
    Safe computing is a habit, not a toolkit.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Thanks Tuttle.

    I have my eye on a later version sidewinder on e-bay which comes with a USB adapter as part of the deal.

    Wish me luck.


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    OUT of my MIND
    the controllers/joysticks are really cheap on ebay. sometimes u can find them just as cheap on newegg and tigerdirect

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