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TorQueMoD: Thanks Strijkbout your solution worked perfectly. The only problem is that it only recognizes my gamepad as a 4 button when its a 13 button. Is there any way to get the use of some of those buttons back or is this a hard coded limitation?
It is probably hardcoded, there are a couple of things you can try though. Use Dosbox's keymapper, press Ctrl-F1 in game and try if you can configure the buttons.

[url=http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/Mapper ]http://www.dosbox.com/wiki/Mapper [/url]

Alternatively you could download and install Joy2key and make a profile in which you configure you gamepad.

http://www.electracode.com/4/joy2key/JoyToKey%20English%20Version.htm

Of course this wouldn't all be needed if your gamepad came with software which does all this stuff (one of the reasons I'm fond of Logitech).
Post edited October 21, 2012 by Strijkbout
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Dragoon001: On the win95 version I use my Xbox360 wireless game pad with no problems. Don't even need to calibrate. However it seems to only recognize the 4 letter buttons and the left stick.
Anyway when configuring you controls just click on turn left, move stick to the left, viceverse for right.
It works, it also works for Saitek gamepads. Steering controls are really sensitive 8(
Well the only real way to get it to work is to have a Gameport card on your machine. Good luck finding one for PCIE slots. Also good luck finding a Joystick/Gamepad that still uses a Gameport. I'd try eBay but unlikely you'll find a working one.
The solution above is only required for play in real DOS, so in most cases you don't need a Gameport sticks.
DOS version recognize 2 analogs and first 4 buttons [for each stick?], when Win95 version (AFAIK) recognize only first stick.

- first you need to install and calibrate your joysticks in Windows (done)
- for DOS version - start Carmageddon with DOSBox and in configuration press JOYSTICK to calibrate (not done)
when you move joystick, you should notice that values are changed, then press ANY KEY on keyboard, NOT button!
follow the instruction (also for second stick if present)
- for Win95 version - just skip step above (it working as Dragoon001 say)
- bind joy1 and/or joy2 (AFAIK joy2 only working in DOS mode) to up, down, left, right for car movement
(I cannot agree with StarEye - analog definitely expand game play experience, especially for this game)
- if four button is enough (or you don't have more) - bind them directly in game
if not - do not bind buttons in game, just use external software like Xpadder (as HampsterStyle say - there is free version) or Joy to Key or if you have installation CD look for similar software included with your pad
(such configuration also allow to use keys and buttons at same time, except for steering)

There is no need to edit DOSBox configs, unless you want to change default settings
(there is no joystick section, but it's not required).

If you still don't have Win95 version (or have the GOG version) installed please use 95RPP which will restore and fix Win95 version, also it using only one, expanded dosboxCARMA_all.conf for DOSBox play.
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QTZ: The solution above is only required for play in real DOS, so in most cases you don't need a Gameport sticks.
DOS version recognize 2 analogs and first 4 buttons [for each stick?], when Win95 version (AFAIK) recognize only first stick.

- first you need to install and calibrate your joysticks in Windows (done)
- for DOS version - start Carmageddon with DOSBox and in configuration press JOYSTICK to calibrate (not done)
when you move joystick, you should notice that values are changed, then press ANY KEY on keyboard, NOT button!
follow the instruction (also for second stick if present)
- for Win95 version - just skip step above (it working as Dragoon001 say)
- bind joy1 and/or joy2 (AFAIK joy2 only working in DOS mode) to up, down, left, right for car movement
(I cannot agree with StarEye - analog definitely expand game play experience, especially for this game)
- if four button is enough (or you don't have more) - bind them directly in game
if not - do not bind buttons in game, just use external software like Xpadder (as HampsterStyle say - there is free version) or Joy to Key or if you have installation CD look for similar software included with your pad
(such configuration also allow to use keys and buttons at same time, except for steering)

There is no need to edit DOSBox configs, unless you want to change default settings
(there is no joystick section, but it's not required).

If you still don't have Win95 version (or have the GOG version) installed please use 95RPP which will restore and fix Win95 version, also it using only one, expanded dosboxCARMA_all.conf for DOSBox play.
You should read the previous posts above, we've already tried that.
I have already read all the posts from the very beginning of this thread.
I have also noticed that most of posts here are from 2012.
As you can read in the text you have quoted I have also answered to some of posts above.
You guys have missed some steps, so I put *complete* solution and *additional* informations.

There is no report - are the values are changing or not? So I guess this part is OK, but as we can read in first post you guys pressing button not *ANY KEY* on *KEYBOARD*, so this is the reason why you can't finish calibration.

So I don't think, you are already tried this...