I've done some research because I wanted to hook up an old Sidewinder Force
Feedback Pro joystick to my computer running Win XP. These older analog
sticks use a 15 pin gameport plug.
Your best bet is to have a gameport already on your PC (for a newer PC,
usually comes with the fancier sound cards).
15-pin gameport to USB adapters are also available for about $10. I grabbed
one from The Source (Canada) / Circuit City (USA) made by Sector 7 Extreme
Things to note:
- Microsoft says they have Sidewinder drivers added to the Win XP SP2 update
but don't provide them on their own for seperate download
- the original drivers on the Sidewinder cd are not compatible with Win XP
and will not install
- the gamport adapter is detected by Win XP, but the joystick isn't. So far
the only thing that works is the trigger on my flight simulator (press any
button, the gun fires, press forward on the throttle, the gun fires, steer
left, the gun fires, etc) and the calibration window doesn't work.
Your best bet is to save the time and effort and buy a cheap $30 joystick
and toss your old analog one.
> A friend of in got his in the mail to day and were trying to get the 98
> sidewinder to work on xp withe usb adapter since there is one made is there
> away to get the controller to work with it?
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