Thirded! After many failed attempts on my own, I now have a perfectly configured WC that includes awesome Roland MT-32 audio thanks to your guides. I'm finally able to play this classic for the first time! I was ready to give up on trying to play WC, I just couldn't get it set up, but because of you, I'm ready to kick some Klirathi butt (and with a perfectly configured Logitech Extreme 3D Pro, it's going to be that much easier). You've done the community a great service by breathing life into this classic for a new generation.
First I'd like to say thank you to Mau1wurf1977 for his guides. I've leant a lot from them.
Also 3aleksandar3, how did you configure your joystick? I ask because I have the same joystick and I'm having problems with it.
Hey Raventiger, I used the Logitech Gaming Software Program, available on Logitech's website, if you don't install it from the disk I think came with the Extreme 3D Pro, get it here on Logitech's site: http://www.logitech.com/en-ca/support/gaming-software?osid=14&bit=64
Install the software, and connect your joystick via USB to your computer, and launch the Logitech gaming software. It will detect your joystick, and bring up a picture of the stick with all of the buttons labeled.
What you can do from here, is assign every button on the stick to equivalent keyboard commands. How to do this is what confused me too initially, until I spent a little time figuring out the interface for myself.
What you need to do is the following. Open up the Wing Commander reference card, found in the Wing Commander extras download. You'll be able to see all of the keyboard commands listed in the reference card, what they do and which key corresponds to that action.
Now, in the Logitech gaming software, mouse over one of the buttons you'd like to configure. For me as an example, I assigned button 3 on the Joystick to the keystroke T on the keyboard, and button 4 to keystroke L on the keyboard, which pulls up the targeting computer in game, and lock on a target, respectively.
To do this, mouse over the slot in the Logitech gaming software for button 3, and mouse over "select keystroke", which will then show an option of "new keystroke". Click this. Now you'll be on a screen that lets you record a keystroke to be assigned to a joystick button. What you need to do is hit "record", and then hit the key you want to use, in this case the letter T on the keyboard. Hit "Stop" after you hit T on the keyboard. Hit "ok".
Now, mouse back over the button 3 slot on the Joystick. Go back to "select keystroke", and you'll now find the option of "Keystroke T", since it's been saved in the program. Choose "keystroke T", and volia! Button 3 now functions as the letter T on the keyboard would! Repeat the whole process for all of the controls you'd like to map to the joystick.
Keep the "trigger" button and "Button 2" default, don't change them, as it'll mess up your ability to fire missiles (you need to press them at the same time, they're already good to go without changing them).
One further tip I'll give that took me a while to figure out, was how to configure the HAT switch on the Joystick to control the POV (different camera angles). What you need to do is mouse over "Edit" in the Logitech Gaming Software, go to "Assignments", and then the last option, "POV commands".
This will pull up a profile called POV (if it's not there, hit "new" and make one called "POV"). When you click on it once, you'll see data filled in below in the "POV Command Content box" below. What you need to do, is click on the first choice, being "POV North". When it's selected, click "edit". In the new window that pops up, make sure you click on and select the "N" direction button, if we're assigning a key to the North POV.
From the drop down menu, you can select a key to assign to make the camera return to facing forward (north). First, you'll need to hit "edit" on this screen, in order to save a new keystroke in the software's memory to choose from. The camera controls for North, South East, and West are F1-F4, so you'll need to add them all into the software. Just record them in the same way as all of the other keys.
Now, go back to the previous screen, make sure the "N" POV button is highlighted, and choose "F1" from the dropdown box. There you go! Repeat the process by going to "edit", "assignments", "POV assignments", click on "POV South", and hit "edit". Make sure you click on the "S" POV button, and choose "F4" from the dropdown box. Repeat the same thing for East and West, and you'll be able to look all around your ship quickly in combat by using the HAT switch on the joystick!
The only thing I don't have bound to the joystick are the number keys 1-5 which are used to issue orders to your wingmen/taunt the enemy when your communications display is activated. I just reach over to my keyboard to quickly hit the numbered response I wish to choose. Other than that, it's all bound to the stick!
If you're still stuck, I can PM you my Wing Commander profile (or maybe I'm permitted too post it in this thread?), as it looks like there's an option in the software to export/import complete profiles. Setting your stick up should be a cinch, you'll be blasting away in no time! Let me know how it goes. Good luck!