>Mike, thanks for your followup. And your "rephrasing" of my solution was
>certainly succinct <g>. Yes, you got it right. The key, I think, is to
>just forget about the SW v. 1.5 drivers once you've gone through this
>exercise; DirectX 5.0 seems to install what's needed, anyway. (I didn't
>know that; stumbled on it by accident.)
>Maybe the forthcoming SW v. 2.0 drivers will correct this "unusual"
>configuration scenario: the only common denomenator I can think of is
>having an integrated sound/game controller board (the Yamaha OPL-SA) --
>and maybe somehow a cross-effect with the primary video driver. I went
>ahead and installed DirectX's certified S3v driver, even though I hadn't
>before, because the DirectX installation dialog suggested I not change
>Just offering clues for the development team <g>.
>> What happened when you followed the process outlined a couple of messages
>> above, i.e. the method of Maury?
>> IMO it's something that's happening in the DirectX 5 install when certain
>> conditions exist on the destination system. I'm told the (internal to
>> development and test machines virtually all had Sidewinders connected via
>> sound card joystick connection. I've dug out my Sidewinder 3D Pro and
>> try it when I have the opportunity to do so. I'll report the results in
>> newsgroup as well as passing them on to the relevant people at MS.
>> -= Mike =-
>> -= MS MVP =-
>> > I was having the same problem. I now have this working without
>> >1.5 software installed.
>> >I removed the Sidewinder SW and told Windows I had a 3 axis 4 button
>> >joystick. Went back into FS98 and it worked. I then reinstalled the
>> >Sidewinder 1.5 SW and the joystick toggle was not available...
>> >As far as I can see, this is a problem with FS98 and the Sidewinder
>> >Mike, has this been escalated to development? What information do they
>> >to troubleshoot or have they been able to duplicate the problem?
>> >Mike A
>> >Mike [MS MVP] wrote in article ...
>> >>Hi gents,
>> >>Maurice Pratt has struggled mightily with the SW problem and seems to
>> >>hit on the solution. If these steps aren't correct I'm hoping he'll
>> >>and give you the straight scoop! <g>
>> >>Uninstall (from the Control Panel's Add/remove software icon) the
>> >>Sidewinder drivers then reinstall DirectX v.5. You can do that from the
>> >>opening screen in FS98 or from a program named DXSETUP.EXE on the
>> >>distribution CD.
>> >>-= Mike =-
>> >>-= MS MVP =-
>> >>>My Sidewinder 3D Pro joystick is not working with FS98. The joystick
>> >>>is grayed out and there is no way to activate it. The joystick
>> >>>the Control Panel, and when I test it it works fine. In fact it
>> >>>with Flight Simulator for Windows 95.