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JOYSTICK CONFIGURATION GUIDE:
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
I. GENERAL OVERVIEW
II. GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING
III. JOYSTICK MANUFACTURER CONTACT INFORMATION
I. GENERAL OVERVIEW:
Silent Thunder is a true Win 95 product, and uses the Direct Input joystick support built into the system. For this reason your joystick must be enabled and calibrated from the Control Panel before running Silent Thunder. To do this click on the START button on the Win 95 task bar. Move your cursor down to SETTINGS on the popup menu, and then select CONTROL PANEL. In the control panel window, double-click on the joystick selection to bring up JOYSTICK PROPERTIES and follow the instructions. Note that with some joysticks it may require more than one calibration, or some adjustment of the joystick before the stick centers properly.
If you have an analog joystick, you may find that the stick seems somewhat "sluggish" under Win95. This problem can be particularly pronounced in older joysticks that have been subjected to a great deal of wear. We have found that in some instance this can be minimized during calibration by simply not pushing your joystick to its full travel. Instead push your joystick just enough to make the cross that shows the joystick position barely reach the edges of the calibration box. Experimenting with this may improve your joystick performance.
Windows 95 takes full advantage of digital joysticks, and you may find that performance with digital joysticks, such as the Microsoft Sidewinder, is slightly better, and that these sticks "hold" their
calibrations better than analog joysticks.
What To Choose:
Many joystick manufacturers have written joystick drivers for Win 95 and are explicitly listed in the list of joysticks in the configuration menu. If your joystick is present, make the appropriate choice.
Otherwise, look through the choices available and choose the one that most closely resembles your stick. Here are a few guidelines for specific joysticks:
Thrustmaster FLCS -- Choose 2 Button Joystick. Program the additional buttons using the Thrustmaster software.
Gravis Thunderbird -- Choose CH Pro.
CH Combat Stick, Flight Stick -- Choose CH Pro.
Logitech Wingman, Wingman Extreme -- Choose Thrustmaster FCS.
Microsoft Sidewinder - Set to digital, and choose Sidewinder (this may require installing software provided with the joystick).
Your joystick manufacturer may have updated drivers available for use with Win 95. If your joystick is not listed on the choices available in the JOYSTICK PROPERTIES, or if you are having difficulties with your joystick, contact the manufacturer for possible updates.
II: GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING:
QUESTION: I am having problems with the joystick control in the Sim. The joystick will not move in one direction, or is erratic when trying to control the plane. What should I do?
ANSWER: Try calibrating the joystick. To do this click on the START button on the Win 95 task bar. Move your cursor down to SETTINGS on the popup menu, and then select CONTROL PANEL. In the control panel window, double-click on the joystick selection to bring up JOYSTICK PROPERTIES and follow the instructions. Note that with some joysticks it may require more than one calibration, or some adjustment of the joystick before the stick centers properly.
QUESTION: OK, I have tried to calibrate the joystick, and I am still
having control problems. Any other suggestions?
ANSWER: Try recalibrating the joystick, but this time, do not push your joystick to its full travel potential. Instead push your joystick just enough to make the cross that shows the joystick position barely reach the edges of the calibration box. Experimenting with this may improve your joystick performance.
QUESTION: I have a joystick that has multiple buttons and/or a slider control lever. I can not use the extra buttons or slider in the game. How can I get these functions to work?
ANSWER: In the Joystick Control Panel option, make sure that you have selected a joystick configuration which matches your button and slider configuration. For example, if you have a four button joystick, make sure that the configuration you have selected in the Joystick Control Panel is set to the four button option. Please consult you Joystick's documentation or contact your joystick manufacturer for more information.
III. JOYSTICK MANUFACTURER CONTACT INFORMATION:
Below are listed some addresses of the makers of some popular joysticks.
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