I bought the above joystick to take advantage of the force feedback built into MSFS 2004.
I can't get it to work with feedback. Is it possible?
I can't even get it to "center" properly. As soon as I launch Flight Simulator the joystick goes slack. It works, but with no spring-loaded center it's awkward to use.
Thank in advance,
Fast Eddie B. (Ed Benson - Cooper City, FL/Mineral Bluff, GA)
I emailed Saitek customer support and got an answer the next day. Though the solution seems less than intuitive to me (I'm basically a Mac guy and kinda new to Windows) when followed step by step it worked.
FWIW, the force feedback in MSFS 2004 seems useful and fairly realistic. I'm a CFII and I plan to use MSFS 2004 as part of an integrated training program for instrument training. The RealityXP Garmin 530 module makes it excellent for learning the logic of Garmin 430/530. That's the installed GPS in Cirrus aircraft, of which I'm an owner and instructor.
It's likely that the driver hasn't correctly updated/installed for the controller and it is still using the basic Windows driver. To solve this open up Control Panel and then open up the System icon at the bottom. Click Hardware at the top of the window that comes up and then click Device Manager.
Click the plus sign next to Human Interface Devices and you should see a couple of listings called HID Compliant Game Controller and USB Human Interface Device. Starting with the USB Human Interface Device, right click on it and choose Update Driver from the drop-down list of options.
On the window that comes up select Install from a list or specific location and then click Next.
On the next window select Don't search. I will choose the driver to install and then click Next.
On the next screen you should have two options, one of which is the name of your controller. Select it and then click Next, then click Continue Anyway on the Windows driver signing warning and then finally finish when it has finished installing. If the name of your controller wasn’t there then click Have Disk and point it to the C:\Program Files\Saitek\Drivers\Inf directory and OK that - you should then have the option of your controller there for you.
Once you have updated both the HID Compliant Game Controller and the USB Human Interface Device then you should now have force feedback and it should centre properly.