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User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 10
Posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2861 times:

I haven't played FS in years, and I'd like to try again. I have a pretty old joystick (i.e. non-USB) which I used to plug into the back of my sound card. However, my current sound card has no port for the joystick. The only free ports I do have are serial ports. Is there any kind of adaptor I can buy? If so, where?

Thanks

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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

You can get a gameport to USB adapter to plug your stick into a USB port.
You might also need a USB hub for that if you don't have a free USB port (in that case plug the hub, powered ones are best) into your PC and plug devices into the hub.

I prefer powered 7 port hubs. They're hard to find (strangely most stores only sell 4 port hubs and often only unpowered ones) but if you end up with a lot of USB devices you'd otherwise get a LOT of hubs.



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineMorvious From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 705 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2842 times:

Quoting JAT (Thread starter):
I haven't played FS in years

Shame on you Big grin.. You don't play FS  Wink

I suggest a cheap USB stick. No need to calibrate it, and there are some realy cheap ones availible.



have a good day, Stefan van Hierden
User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

Quoting Morvious (Reply 2):
I suggest a cheap USB stick. No need to calibrate it, and there are some realy cheap ones availible.

I concure. Buy a new USB joystick. They're not that expensive and it will save you alot of hassle.
Chances are that your old joystick will not work with a usb/gamport adapter. I had that situation happen before. I mean the adapter will fit, but your joystick probably still won't work.

And yes.....

Quoting Morvious (Reply 2):
Shame on you Big grin.. You don't play FS

 rotfl 

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 6994 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

Get a cheap USB joystick. With all the hassle and even money for adaptors and all just get yourself a nice new one. Or get one from Ebay. You can even find a cheap yoke on e-bay.


"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
User currently offlineAmy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 1150 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2819 times:

Get a Microsoft Sidewinder if poss, mine's been going strong since 1998!


A340-300 - slow, but awesome!
User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

I'm so sorry, I haven't FLOWN in a long time. See how out of it I am?? Yeah, a new joystick was my first thought. I agree it seems like the most hassle-free option. The one I have is a Logitech Wingman Attack. Are current Logitech sticks any good? I've seen them for $30, pretty reasonable.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 2806 times:

cheap sticks are worse than no sticks. They wear out rapidly, poor control accuracy, rapid loss of callibration.


I wish I were flying
User currently offlineDreamer From Norway, joined Jul 2004, 374 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2802 times:

Hi,
I bought this one Logitech Extreme 3D PRO Joy-/flightstick and am pretty happy with it http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?sku=121033&cks=PRL

and it is cheap, works fine and doesn't need any SW to work. I really like the tophat switch making viewing in all directions very easy. And it has ruder control by twisting.

There are better ones and more expesive ones, but why bother unless you want it to be like a real plane with throttle and all.

My  twocents 



still dreaming after all these years
User currently offline777DadandJr From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1516 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2791 times:

Quoting Amy (Reply 5):
Get a Microsoft Sidewinder

I will also concure on this suggestion. I have a Sidewinder 3D Pro and my son has my old (and 1st) Sidewinder.

Not only are they good sticks, but they are also hassle free installation with XP. Just plug and play (and it works!)

My God, when was the last time you heard that when refering to Microsoft!
 rotfl 

Russ



My glass is neither 1/2 empty nor 1/2 full, rather, the glass itself is twice as big as it should be.
User currently offlineAerlingus330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 834 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2788 times:

I have a PCLine joystick...Pretty cheap at £10 (got it in a sale at P.C World). It works fine and I am pleased with it.

AerLingus330



Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300
User currently offlineMorvious From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 705 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2783 times:

Quoting Jwenting (Reply 7):
cheap sticks are worse than no sticks. They wear out rapidly, poor control accuracy, rapid loss of callibration

Correct (depends on the brant though), but if he has to buy an adapter it will cost him money to, and he doesn't even know if it works.

Like he said, he is just trying if he is intrested again in FS. A cheap USB stick is the fastest and easiest way to do that in my oppinion.

If you are a real die hard, try the sidewinder 2 (or something).. I used it to before, and I was very pleased with it..



have a good day, Stefan van Hierden
User currently offlineMilan320 From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 869 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2725 times:

I've got a Saitek Cyborg Evo. I'm pretty happy with it, but it cost a bit. however, I've noticed it looses the calibration quite fast. Anyone else have this problem?

Cheers!
/Milan320



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