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hamrtime
08-27-2006, 08:50 PM
My Logitech's Z axis (rudder) is off and it is very annoying, it now defults to about half left rudder. How can I fix this?

What is a good joystick brand (not logitech) that costs, or has a price range of under 50 USD? Thanks to all in advance!

LEBillfish
08-27-2006, 09:12 PM
Logitech offers a "configuration cleaner" program here.... http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/downloads/software/US...ID=1,softwareid=5484 (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/downloads/software/US/EN,CRID=1786,contentid=6217,OSID=1,softwareid=5484 )

Now be cautious and sure before using it, as it will delete ALL profiles to things like mice, joysticks, etc.. So read the warnings first.....

Also, make sure you have the latest version of direct X installed.

Ok, the following will ONLY work if it software spoofing and not the hardware itself which is most often the case.

1. Install latest direct X (9c I believe)
2. Uninstall Logitech Joystick software and just use windows as it has a calibration tool that is easy to use (and I found goes south less).
3. unplug the stick.
4. run the configuration cleaner exe above
5. turn "off" the PC and let it sit a minute or two, don't just restart.
6. Once the PC is up and running with the stick in a "level" position and "snapped back to center"...(Move and twist it then let go letting it find home, not you setting it there)....Plug it back in.
7. After the "Windows has found new hardware and successfully installed it" go into control panel\game controllers\select the stick...check to see it's centered.....

If not it may be mechanical or was not sitting level. Make it a habit of checking calibration before each time you fly (the PC started with the stick level)...Use the Windows calibration only when needed, and expect after doing so a couple of times to have to repeat above.

hamrtime
08-27-2006, 11:09 PM
Sorry to make you go to al that truble, but the issue was resolved about 5 minuets after I posted here. Again sorry. However, If anyone has good joystick brands under $50, post some linkage here please. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Bearcat99
08-28-2006, 05:52 AM
Try here (http://saitekusa.stores.yahoo.net/recprod.html). You mighrt want to spend @ $20 more....

Art-J
08-28-2006, 09:27 AM
The Z-axis pot is the first thing to go off in old Logi sticks. Even If You've managed to solve the problem now, don't be too happy, because it will break sooner or later http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif. Trust me, I'vo got one of them (and I'm looking for a not-too- pricey replacement as well). Now I use my wheel pedals for rudder control (and it's really fun!). Saitek products seem to be the optimal medium-price option. Good luck!

Cheers - Art

Divine-Wind
08-28-2006, 09:55 AM
Originally posted by hamrtime:
Sorry to make you go to al that truble, but the issue was resolved about 5 minuets after I posted here. Again sorry. However, If anyone has good joystick brands under $50, post some linkage here please. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
www.saitek.com (http://www.saitek.com)

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Or better yet, if you can find an M$ stick in good condition (at eBay, Amazon, wherever), TAKE IT.

-HH-Quazi
08-28-2006, 10:16 AM
If you can stretch anothe $20, you can probably a X-52 by Saitek. Nothing like a stick with a HOTAS setup for any flight sim. And well worth the investment. Never having to reach for the keyboard for anything is really very good\handy.

VVaFFenPanZZeR
08-28-2006, 10:46 AM
Just Calibrate it through windows and u'll be AOK.

hamrtime
08-28-2006, 01:00 PM
Word on the street is that Thrustmaster is pretty good too. Any word for them? and thanks a bunch all.

Bearcat99
08-28-2006, 01:28 PM
I have never used one. I have used MS, Saitek & Logitech... the nice thing about the reconditioned Saiteks is you get a full warranty with the stick.. same as new. A HOTAS setup is hard to beat IMO.