View Full Version : Is anyone using Microsoft Sidewinder Presicion 2 Joystick?

12-05-2004, 05:15 PM
Well, how is it?
As I understand it is just like Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick, but without force feedback http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif... Is it rugged, reliable? Is it suited well for IL-2? What about the deadzone?

12-05-2004, 05:29 PM
Doesnt have all the extra buttons some of those other types do, but you will never regret getting one, if you can find it...like a timex watch..solid reiable.......the equvilent of a mopar torqueflite A-727 trans

12-05-2004, 05:38 PM
I like mine quite well. Wish I could find another, just in case. Dead zone on mine is set to zero (the 30 meter torp run sucked when I sneezed oops). Only time I have problems is a static build up thing, & the computer wouldn't recognize the stick. Did an unplug/plug back in thing 20-30 times & it worked. The last time I put it in a different USB port. Asiede from that, very happy with the Precision 2.

12-05-2004, 05:41 PM
Those are great sticks. My I got my first one in 1998, just in time to fly Janes WWII Fighters. I still have it, works real well.These days I use CH stuff.


12-05-2004, 05:43 PM
icrash, you probably would have had quicker results if you'd taken a q-tip and some rubbing alcohol to your USB contacts on the jacks as well as your plug.

But, yeah the Sidewinder PP2 was a fine stick.



12-05-2004, 05:58 PM
Been using mine about 3 1/2 years--probably over 2000 hours on it. Rock solid, just now starting to get a little wear in axis. I'd buy another in heartbeat if they still made them. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

12-05-2004, 08:17 PM
I have that stick too.

Works great, feels solid.

Funny, I had bought it a couple of years ago, never used it, and just started when I started playing IL2. I didnt realize that it is a "classic."

It had seemed to stop working, and I almost threw it out after being unable to get it to start for a long time. Then a couple of weeks ago, I plugged it in and voila! it worked. Must of been that static issue that you mentioned.

A couple of questions:
1 what is the "Dead zone" you mentioned?
2 is there some type of configuration profile optimized for IL2? I am currently using defaults.

12-05-2004, 08:19 PM
Glad some of you like them. I had one for about a month and thought it was too "plasticky" for my liking. Was in a dogfight in L3 and broke it like it was nothing http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif Needless to say i gunned the guy right up the afterburners and crashed but..... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
I much prefer the old Precision Pro sticks, which i faithfully use now, and found them both on ebay like new for $20 bucks or cheaper!

12-05-2004, 09:52 PM
Most of my flying buddies have been through untold numbers of Saiteks and Cougars while I have happily chugged along with my MSPP2. Been using it since 1999.

CH is the only other joystick I've heard being used so long.

12-05-2004, 10:02 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gifBeen using it since I first bought it in about 2002 with no Problems.
Didn't know what I'll do after it Kicks the Bucket though. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

12-05-2004, 10:03 PM
well mine broke... cuz fell on it... lol

But i ordered a new one off of ebay for 20$, well worth the money!!! It has a very nice grip.

han freak solo
12-05-2004, 10:03 PM
Been using mine for two years now. Works the same as when it was new.

It's a bit loose when centered. But, I'm used to it. Kind of like driving a 1970's era Ford car or truck with a loose steering coupling.

I have thought about moving up to a set of pedals to go with another stick. Mostly because I find myself twisting the rudder when I shouldn't from time to time.

12-05-2004, 10:09 PM
using it for almost two years now combined with a X45 throttle ,best set-up IMO
although those MS sticks tend to lose the connection with the PC from time to time.

gotto love the auto calibration ,it always work and with very precise calibration hence the name pricision pro lol :P

12-05-2004, 10:16 PM
I have a pile of broken ones in the basement, definately my favorite joystick. I even used it with the Cougar throttle, the cougar throttle was great but the stick needed an expensive mod to make it right. I'm currently using the X52, but the jury's still out on this one.

12-05-2004, 10:40 PM
Thank you guys!

I have tried all new joysticks - Extreme 3D Pro, Cougar, X45, EVO and now X52 and they all seems somehow deficient compare to my old Saitek 3D Gold USB. The only other great joystick I have is CH Fighterstick, but just couldn't get used to pedals, so this stick is of no use to me either.

Afraid my 3D Gold will give up one day and I will be left with nothing to fly in IL-2, so I started to look for the replacement.

Thanks again!