Or at least you can use is as a template or reference for your own implementation. Am I in the right way? I find weaving in and out of traffic and dodging bad guys easier with this joystick. The 3D Pro is not like other 3D devices, such as the Cyberman , which give you 3 dimensions to move in – 1 left right 2 forward backward and 3 up down – instead the handle twists to give you rudder control. According to the link above, I used those pins to get some readings with Multimeter.

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Using Microsoft SideWinder 3D Pro as a joystick for our robot

I have also found the linux driver. While this is certainly the best joystick I have tested sideinder date, it still does not meet up to my idea of the perfect joystick. The basis of Microsoft’s last generation of SideWinder joysticks, the Precision 2 design was a further refinement of the previous Precision Pro.

The Dual Strike, which debuted inwas Microsoft’s second notable venture into strange jotstick designs, following the Freestyle Pro. Retrieved 27 May Users browsing this forum: It features up to 30 programmable macro keys, volume control, media control, a detachable numpad and backlighting. It was a simple two button, three axis joystick.

Microsoft SideWinder

Otherwise the differences were cosmetic, including shrinking the base, moving the throttle to the front of the base, and replacing 2 of the rounded buttons on the stick with more rectangular buttons. The only moving parts were microsott on the throttle and joystick pivots which gave this joystick virtually unlimited lifetime.


Designed as a gaming-neutral joystick, rather than a specialized joystick for use with realistic combat flight simulators, the 3D Pro was built with a functional, but low-key geometric design. Using the Precision 2 design once again, Microsoft introduced a value-oriented SideWinder joystick, simply called the SideWinder Joystick.

Gokul – Microsoft Support [If this post was helpful, please click the “Vote as Helpful” green triangle button. For its electronics, the Precision Pro featured a refined hybrid system, resolving some of the hardware compatibility issues with the 3D Pro.

The left side of the controller features an eight-direction d-pad which function varies depending on which mode the controller is on. The thumb controls the “hat” mcirosoft top of the handle, with button 2 right below and buttons 3 and 4 on the left side of the handle.

I have looked everywhere for my original floppy but cant find it anywhere.

VOGONS • View topic – Microsoft Sidewinder 3D Pro – Original Floppy Disk Required.

Return to General Old Hardware. The original Microsoft SideWinder gamepad had a 3s directional pad, six fire buttons, two trigger buttons, and a “Mode” and “Start” button.

I will do it soon. In AugustMicrosoft announced they were relaunching the SideWinder line of gaming peripherals, starting with the SideWinder Mouse. Probably I didn’t understand as you did. The overall size and weight difference was not so great with the use of smaller motors. All those alternate timing drivers I tried didn’t seem to help one bit, it’s still coming up as “Not Connected”.


Are there any legal issues with putting this old MS stuff online? Have you gotten the arduino code to decode it yet?

How do I get my Microsoft sidewinder 3D pro joystick to work?

The joystick was widely praised in its inception and was one of the few joysticks with multiple buttons that did not require a keyboard pass-through. In DOS you have two emulations: If you have the code could you please post it?

Your files are dated but mine are The SideWinder family of products was discontinued by Microsoft inciting poor sales. Retrocomputing Stack Exchange works best with JavaScript enabled.

I notice much of the talk and referenced links centers around the joystick “buttons”. Archived from the original on 8 February This means that force feedback would lro unavailable on the earliest of PCs, where the gameports lack MIDI functionality. How satisfied are you with this response? EdmondDantes mentioned this thread while we were discussing joysticks in this other thread.

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