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XyZspineZyX
08-30-2003, 01:39 PM
Title says it all..

I have used the MS FFB2 and returned it after 3 days because the FFB forces defaulted to high in Windows XP even if you selected Low or even off (problem known about by MS and in knowledgebase).

The FFB was useful for the onest of stalls but the picture frames falling off my desk when firing my cannons was rather distracting.

Is the Rumble stick any good at identifying when a stall is going to happen and are the forces variable under windows XP control?

thx

Porky

XyZspineZyX
08-30-2003, 01:39 PM
Title says it all..

I have used the MS FFB2 and returned it after 3 days because the FFB forces defaulted to high in Windows XP even if you selected Low or even off (problem known about by MS and in knowledgebase).

The FFB was useful for the onest of stalls but the picture frames falling off my desk when firing my cannons was rather distracting.

Is the Rumble stick any good at identifying when a stall is going to happen and are the forces variable under windows XP control?

thx

Porky

XyZspineZyX
08-30-2003, 02:11 PM
Hi ive had mine for over 6 months now, and its served me well. It does need a bit of tweaking in settings to get the best from it in IL2-FB and it does recognise stall. All the settings are variable in winxp including amount of rumble from shaking the table to barely a squeak. Its proved to be very durable ( Boy can I bank and yank in a yak3 ) centering spring is very robust and pretty precise. Its weak points has been the trigger it split last month after some heavy use lol ( its held together by splints now but still going strong ) and the top hat feels a bit funny till you get used to it. All in all I can highly Recommend it, its given me hours of fun.

Tsar78

XyZspineZyX
08-30-2003, 02:25 PM
I didn't like it, I found it overly sensitive to control and the rumbling is non existant when near or at the stall.This could be software related as opposed to the joystick.What rumbles there were ingame were nice enough though, but not good enough for me to carry on using it and I went back to my Cyborg Gold USB.
In fairness though, I know of a few users that have the stick and enjoy using it...it just wasn't for me that's all.

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XyZspineZyX
08-30-2003, 03:12 PM
I love my forcefeed back 2.

XyZspineZyX
08-30-2003, 04:49 PM
My mate has the Cyborg 3D Force stick and loves it. I've had a go with it and it's not bad. Very nice feedback effects, but I'm just not to keen on the 'feel' of it in terms of control.
I have the saitek Cyborg 3D gold USB stick, a dream to use and so smooth and accurate. I can control my a/c with this baby as easily as moving my mouse pointer around the screen.
Why oh why won't they do a FF version of this stick.
I'd be like a dog with two tails...
The Cyborg FF sticks that they do make do not have the same design as the Gold stick.

Saitek are bringing out the Cyborg EVO later this year (Autumn) which looks VERY NICE! No mention of FF (shame), but some nice features and it retains the comfortable palm rest of the Gold stick...

Have a look
http://www.saitek.com/uk/prod/newjoysticks.htm

XyZspineZyX
08-30-2003, 05:21 PM
Ditto here.

Recently, I've bid farwell to the Microsoft SW Precision Pro Version1, which I've been using for 7 years now. Went over some of the mid/low price choices and found the general evaluation for the Cyb.3D Gold was pretty good.

Finally decided to pick up the Cyb.3D Gold, and I think it is quite excellent. The tension is a bit weak, and the controls are more than just smooth. I actually had a hard time getting used to it. Also, the button placements are not very good.

But the stick itself is very accurate, and the twisting rudder axis is sufficiently firm, so it doesn't bother with pure pitch/roll maneuvering. It just takes some time to get used to, and reset your stick scaling, but once you get the hang of it, definately worth the money.



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XyZspineZyX
08-30-2003, 09:11 PM
Glad I'm not the only 1 who's enjoying the Cyborg Gold USB.I just thought I'd share the settings I use in FB for this excellent joystick.Credit must go to Rechkalov12IAP and JG5_Jerry for posting them in Oleg's Ready Room.

1X=0 52 59 66 72 79 84 89 92 95 100 0
1Y=0 52 59 64 70 77 82 86 90 95 100 0
1RZ=0 22 29 34 43 51 59 66 73 82 100 0

* Forgot to add, if you want to use them you have to open conf.ini found in the default IL2 FB directory and scroll down to the heading [rts_joystick] and copy & paste over the relevant data there.
Remember to backup the file 1st, just incase something goes wrong or you don't like the settings.

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Know your enemy and know yourself; in a hundred battles, you will never be defeated.

Message Edited on 08/30/0309:15PM by DeerHunterUK