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Hello friends,

I'm trying to relive the glory days of Freespace with my old joystick. I'm running Windows 7. Google says that other people have successfully got their joystick to work without drivers but I haven't had any luck. I keep getting the message that "Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)"

Does anyone have any suggestions or hope they could offer me?

Thanks for your support!

Rob
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Wait, is it USB?
Because there might be issues when using a gameport to usb adapter with most recent windows OSes.
Yes, I have a USB adapter that I bought off of Amazon.com hooked up to the original serial port. You suggest this might be the issue?

Mille grazie.
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Det_Bullock: Wait, is it USB?
Because there might be issues when using a gameport to usb adapter with most recent windows OSes.
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TreborIznut: Yes, I have a USB adapter that I bought off of Amazon.com hooked up to the original serial port. You suggest this might be the issue?

Mille grazie.
Yes, I don't remember the details, but gameport or serial devices used through a USB adapter use a legacy thing that has been dropped for Windows 7 and often don't work or have very limited compatibility depending on the device.
From what I've read around the internet the Microsoft Sidewinder Precision Pro is one of those devices that doesn't work well with adapters, which is doubly unfortunate as the so-called "USB version" of this stick sold by Microsoft was essentially the old serial/gameport version bundled with an adapter instead of being rewired for USB.
There are people that claim to get it working with an of the shelf adapter like here, though in my own experience I hadn't much luck with that to get my MS FFB Pro working.

Then there is this DIY adapter, though this can cost quite a bit if you have to ship the components to where ever you live, make it and then pray you don't blow up your PC.

In the end you might as well buy a new joystick.
I got the Microsoft Sidewinder Joystick, similar to the one in the youtube video linked in the previous post, but my Sidewinder Joystick is the Force Feedback version, where it'd vibrate when getting damaged or collisions, firing weapons or thrusters, etc. Good shit!

It is still in the original box with everything in mint condition. But at some point over the years, the gameport interface that the device uses just wasn't an option anymore.

*sigh* Oh the good ole days. What I wouldn't give to have that Force Feedback work again.
Thanks for your help, friend. I think when the time is right, I'll simply buy another joystick.
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TreborIznut: Yes, I have a USB adapter that I bought off of Amazon.com hooked up to the original serial port. You suggest this might be the issue?

Mille grazie.
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Det_Bullock: Yes, I don't remember the details, but gameport or serial devices used through a USB adapter use a legacy thing that has been dropped for Windows 7 and often don't work or have very limited compatibility depending on the device.
From what I've read around the internet the Microsoft Sidewinder Precision Pro is one of those devices that doesn't work well with adapters, which is doubly unfortunate as the so-called "USB version" of this stick sold by Microsoft was essentially the old serial/gameport version bundled with an adapter instead of being rewired for USB.
Try this link.

http://www.descentbb.net/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=15526

I have 3 MS Sidewinder 3D Pro stick with this converter and they work flawlessly in my old WIn7 build and not in my Win 10 build. They worked in FS 2 also.
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TreborIznut: Thanks for your help, friend. I think when the time is right, I'll simply buy another joystick.
Sorry to come late to the party, but I have the Precision Pro joystick that had the USB adapter that came in the box. I lost the USB adapter (I got the thing close to 20 years ago after all). HOWEVER! I found a part on Amazon that works a treat with some minor modifications (I used a twist-tie):

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000067RIV/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And I had to shunt two of the pins together:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71LYgyHAFoL._SL256_.jpg

And everything was fine. It auto-detected just fine in Windows 10. The shunt may be a teeny bit hard to see, but I'm connecting the second from the left pin with the right most pin. Don't lose hope!

EDIT: Sorry if the picture is a little hard to see (it's in my review of the item from Amazon). I uploaded another picture here that shows which two pins I had to connect together.
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Post edited January 24, 2017 by erple2