Microsoft KB Archive/173972

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Return of Arcade: Joystick is not Responding

ID: Q173972

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Return of Arcade for Windows, version 1.0


When you start playing a Return of Arcade game, the joystick does not function properly. When you attempt to calibrate the joystick you receive the following error message.

The joystick is not responding. Either the joystick is unplugged or there is no joystick driver installed. Please correct your settings and try again.

Testing the joystick in the Joystick control panel shows it is working properly.

Additionally, the Sound item under the Options menu in Return of the Arcade may be unavailable (shaded).


The sound card may be disabled or not functioning correctly. Return of Arcade requires that the sound card be enabled and working for the joystick to function.


To ensure the sound card is functioning properly, contact the manufacturer of the card or downloaded and install the latest sound card drivers from the manufacturer's web site.

Additionally, if the joystick is a Microsoft SideWinder gaming device, you can install the latest drivers, to ensure that it is working correctly.

The SideWinder drivers are available at:


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Return of Arcade for Windows, version 1.0.

Additional query words: 1.00 msgame

Keywords : kbenv kberrmsg kbsound
Version : WINDOWS:1.0
Platform : WINDOWS
Issue type : kbbug
Technology :

Last Reviewed: May 27, 1999
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