Microsoft KB Archive/173702
Microsoft SideWinder Game Device Profiler Readme.txt Contents
PSS ID Number: Q173702 Article last modified on 09-24-1997
- 1 ======================================================================
- 2 SUMMARY
- 3 MORE INFORMATION
- 3.1 ======================================================= Part 1: THE NEW SIDEWINDER GAME DEVICE PROFILER =======================================================
- 3.2 ======================================================= Part 2: DISPLAY COMPATIBILITY =======================================================
- 3.3 ======================================================= Part 3: MEMORY ISSUES =======================================================
- 3.4 =================== Part 4: TROUBLESHOOTING ===================
- 4 Additional query words: sw3dpro
The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback Pro
- Microsoft SideWinder Precision Pro
- == Microsoft SideWinder Game Device software version 2.0 ==
This article contains a copy of the contents of the Game Device Profiler Readme.txt file located in the root folder of the Microsoft SideWinder Game Device software version 2.0 CD-ROM included with the Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback Pro and Microsoft SideWinder Precision Pro joysticks.
|Readme File for Microsoft SideWinder Game Device Profiler|
- Microsoft Corporation, 1997
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————————- CONTENTS ————————-
Part 1: THE NEW SIDEWINDER GAME DEVICE PROFILER
1.1 Accessing Online Help 1.2 Using Profiles With the SideWinder Game Device Profiler 1.3 Profiles Supplied with the SideWinder Game Device Profiler 1.4 Your Existing Profiles Have Been Converted During Setup to the New Format 1.5 Cutting and Pasting Events in the Profile Editor 1.6 Adding to a Game Action in the Event Viewer 1.7 Recording Game Pad Actions with Another Game Device Connected 1.8 Recording the Game Pad’s Start Button in a Game Action 1.9 Only one Game Pad in a Multiple Game Pad Setup Can Be Used to Record Game Actions 1.10 Adding Profiles Created for a Different Joystick 1.11 The Profile Editor Sometimes Delays in Displaying a Profile 1.12 Recording Game Actions that Consists of a Three-Key Combination 1.13 Using “Cheat Codes” 1.14 Reinstalling DirectX5
Part 2: DISPLAY COMPATIBILITY
2.1 Use The Latest Drivers 2.2 Diamond Edge 3D Nvidia Video Drivers
Part 3: MEMORY ISSUES
Part 4: TROUBLESHOOTING
======================================================= Part 1: THE NEW SIDEWINDER GAME DEVICE PROFILER =======================================================
1.1 Accessing Online Help
On the Help menu, if you double-click, instead of single-click, the Device Online User’s Guide command, you may encounter an error. This is due to the fact the Help toolbar button is located directly beneath this command and opening help file twice in rapid succession can cause an error.
1.2 Using Profiles With the SideWinder Game Device Profiler
Profiles that you use in your games are no longer associated with specific games but with specific game devices instead. That is, you can use the same profile in any game that uses the game pad or joystick associated with that profile.
1.3 Profiles Supplied with the SideWinder Game Device Profiler
When you install the SideWinder Game Device Software version 2.0 on your computer, Setup installs approximately 85 pre-made profiles for SideWinder game devices to your hard drive.
A few of these profiles will be present in the activator the first time you run the software. You can add profiles to the Activator as described in “Add a profile to the Profile Activator” in the Online User’s Guide.
A file named profiles.txt in the Games Devicesfolder contains the names of all the pre-made profiles. Refer to this file in the event you delete profiles and want to know what is available at a later date.
To reinstall any of the pre-made profiles to your hard drive, double- click the file named Profiles.exe in the Game Devicesfolder.
1.4 Your Existing Profiles Have Been Converted During Setup to the New Format
When you ran Setup to install the new SideWinder Game Device Profiler Software 2.0, your existing profiles were converted to the new format required by the new software and added to the Profile Activator.
1.5 Cutting and Pasting Events in the Profile Editor
If, when changing a game action you recorded with your SideWinder game pad, you copy a keystroke recorded in the “keystrokes only” mode to a game action recorded with timing information (non-keystrokes only mode), the timing value given to the pasted keystroke may be too fast for some games to recognize.
1.6 Adding to a Game Action in the Event Viewer
Placing the cursor in the event viewer does not allow you to record an event, such as a keystroke. To record an event, you must click the “Record” button.
1.7 Recording Game Pad Actions with Another Game Device Connected
If you press the pass-through button on the game pad while recording and another game device is connected to the pass-through connector, then one or two d-pad arrows, or other characters, may be recorded in the event viewer.
1.8 Recording the Game Pad’s Start Button in a Game Action
The Start button cannot be recorded in a game action, although you can assign a game action to the Start button.
1.9 Only one Game Pad in a Multiple Game Pad Setup Can Be Used to Record Game Actions
You can only use the game pad connected directly to the computer to make a profile, not any game pad connected to the pass-through connector.
1.10. Adding Profiles Created for a Different Joystick
Profiles are interchangeable between SideWinder digital joysticks, however you cannot access profiles copied to your computer unless the joystick used to create them is also connected.
To add profiles to Activator that were created for a SideWinder joystick that you do not have (for example, someone gave you profiles created with a SideWinder 3D Pro and you have a SideWinder Force Feedback Pro), use the Windows Explorer to change the file extension to match your joystick as indicated below.
|SideWinder Joystick||File Extension for Profiles|
|Force Feedback Pro||.swf|
Then add the profile(s) to your game device using the Profile Activator as described in “Add a profile to the Profile Activator” in the Online User’s Guide.
1.11. The Profile Editor Sometimes Delays in Displaying a Profile
On some computers, there may be some delay between the time you open a profile and the time it appears in the Recorder window.
1.12 Recording Game Actions that Consists of a Three-Key Combination
You may experience inconsistent results when recording a game action consisting of three keys pressed simultaneously.
1.13 Using “Cheat Codes”
If a game action consisting of a single keystroke or key combination is assigned to a button on your game device (“Keystrokes only” mode for the SideWinder game pad), pressing and releasing the button is the same as pressing and releasing the key(s) as far as the timing is concerned. However, if a game action consisting of multiple keystrokes or key combinations is assigned to a button, the game action is played rapidly, as if typed in quickly. This mode is useful for “cheat” codes.
1.14 Reinstalling DirectX5
Version 5 of DirectX was installed on your computer when you installed the SideWinder Game Device Software 2.0 and is required for games and game devices. If you install a game that includes an earlier version of DirectX, it is possible to overwrite DirectX version 5. This will result in the failure of newer games and your game device to work properly.
If this occurs, you will need to reinstall DirectX version 5 from the SideWinder Game Device Software 2.0 by inserting the CD into your CD-ROM drive and choosing “Install DirectX only.”
======================================================= Part 2: DISPLAY COMPATIBILITY =======================================================
2.1 Use The Latest Drivers
In general, it is a good idea to make sure you have the latest release of the video drivers for your video card.
If you have the latest video drivers and still have display problems, try the following:
- Switch to one of the drivers included with the Windows software.
- Change to a different display mode. An alternative to using a different driver is to change your video mode to a standard video mode such as 640 X 480 resolution with 256 colors.
For details on how to change drivers or switch to a different display mode, see your Windows printed documentation or online Help.
2.2 Diamond Edge 3D Nvidia Video Drivers
If you use the Diamond Edge 3D video card with the video driver NVDISP.DRV (version 4.0, dated 10/25/95), you will notice a display problem in the Game Device Profiler. Specifically, the items in the list of devices, games, and profiles display initially as white boxes. Once you click an item in the list, all items and text appear correctly. To correct this problem, contact Diamond Multimedia Systems for the latest video drivers.
======================================================= Part 3: MEMORY ISSUES =======================================================
The SideWinder Game Device Profiler should run on any personal computer with a 486/66 or higher processor with at least 8MB of RAM. However, if you have other programs running, you may not have enough memory available to start the Game Device Profiler Software and run your game at the same time. When your system doesn’t have enough memory available, you will either receive an error message or you will notice that your screen won’t redraw properly. If you encounter these problems, close any other open programs and try again.
If you receive an error message that you do not have enough space on your hard disk to perform an action, you will need to delete unnecessary files from your computer to gain some free space.
=================== Part 4: TROUBLESHOOTING ===================
This section contains answers to specific questions you may have. For additional troubleshooting information, see the Trouble-shooting sections of the Online User’s Guide for your SideWinder game device and the Game Device Profiler Online Help.
QUESTION: My game is behaving strangely. Is there any way I can run the game with the Game Device Profiler turned off?
ANSWER: Yes. You can “suspend” the Game Device Profiler. This allows you to run your game without the effect of any profiles.
To “suspend” the Game Device Profiler:
- On the lower-right corner of the Windows taskbar, right-click the Game Device Profiler icon.
- Click Suspend.
- Run your game.
- To restart the Game Device Profiler, repeat step 1 and click Resume.
QUESTION: I’ve started having trouble running the Game Controller properties in the Windows Control Panel and sometimes get a “general protection” fault message. What can I do to get it working properly again?
ANSWER: If you install and earlier version of the Game Device Profiler Software over the SideWinder Game Device Profiler, you’ll experience this sort of problem.
To resolve the problem:
- Uninstall the new SideWinder Game Device Profiler.
- Uninstall any old versions of the SideWinder software that are installed on your computer.
- Reinstall the new SideWinder Game Device Profiler.
QUESTION: I see strange colors in the Game Device Profiler. What do I do?
ANSWER: The Game Device Profiler is designed to run at 640x480 resolution, or higher, with a minimum of 256 colors. If your display is set to show 16 colors, change your display to show 256 colors or more. For details on changing your display settings, see your Windows printed documentation or online Help.
QUESTION: Why isn’t one of my game actions working in my game?
ANSWER: Your game may be one that in certain situations goes into a “non-polling” mode. This means that the game stops requesting information from the game device. (For example, this may happen when you press a game device button that you assigned to pause your game.) To make your game respond again, press the original keystroke that you had assigned to the game device button.
QUESTION: In the Activator, when I double-click on a profile for a different game device, the same game device still appears in the Editor window. How can I open my profile for the other game device?
ANSWER: Close the Editor and double-click the profile listed in the Activator again.
QUESTION: Some of the scroll bars, dialog boxes, and control appear to be mis-aligned in the Profile Editor or the Profile Activator.
ANSWER: You may experience difficulty with some dialog boxes and controls if you use the Large Fonts option provided by Windows. It is recommended that you choose the Small Fonts option when using the Game Device Profiler Software 2.0.
QUESTION: I’m running VSC-88 Virtual Sound Canvas from Roland Corporation and I keep getting a “not connected” status for my gaming device when I open the Game Controller properties of the Windows Control Panel. Why is this happening?
ANSWER: VSC-88 Virtual Sound Canvas is not compatible with digital game devices and will occasionally cause a device to become disconnected. Use the Remove and Add buttons to reestablish the device connection.
QUESTION: I keep getting the error message “Unable to load profile. Game device not connected.” when I double-click on a profile listed in the Explorer window. Why can’t the Activator load my profile?
ANSWER: You can only load and use profiles for the game device(s) that you have connected to the game port on your computer. This error message indicates that you are attempting to open a profile for a game device other than that presently connected.
QUESTION: When recording a game action and I press the AltGr key, I get Ctrl+AltGr in the event viewer. Will I get Ctrl+AltGr in my game action, or just AltGr?
ANSWER: This is the result of an incompatibility between the software and certain keyboards. Your game action will “play” the Ctrl+AltGr key combination.
QUESTION: When pressing the buttons on my game device with the Test window (on the Game Controllers properties of the Windows Control Panel) open, some or allof the buttons don’t light up on the image in the window. The game device seems to work okay in my games, why does it appear to be not working properly when I test it?
ANSWER: Before you can test a game device properly, you need to make sure there are no active profiles. You can deactivate all profiles by right-clicking the Game Device Profiler taskbar icon and selecting “Suspend.”
QUESTION: When I test my SideWinder game pad with the Test window (on the Game Controllers properties of the Windows Control Panel) open, and I press one of the game pad buttons, one or more other buttons light up on the image in the window. Is my game pad okay?
ANSWER: Before you can test a game pad properly, you need to make sure that there are no active profiles. You can deactivate all profiles by right-clicking the Game Device Profiler taskbar icon and selecting “Suspend.”
Additional query words: sw3dpro
Keywords : joystick sidewinder Version : WINDOWS:1.0,2.0 Platform : WINDOWS Issue type : kbreadme ============================================================================= Copyright Microsoft Corporation 1997.