Microsoft KB Archive/253614

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Article ID: 253614

Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007


  • Microsoft Midtown Madness
  • Microsoft Midtown Madness 2
  • Microsoft SideWinder Precision Racing Wheel

This article was previously published under Q253614


When you use the Microsoft SideWinder Precision Racing Wheel to drive in Microsoft Midtown Madness or Microsoft Midtown Madness 2, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • The accelerator may not work.
  • Your vehicle's transmission may be stuck in reverse.
  • You may need to press both foot pedals to accelerate or to brake.
  • The pedels are reversed. The pedal action is reversed. The wheel wants to turn sharp left.


This behavior can occur if one or more of the following conditions are true:

  • A SideWinder Precision Racing Wheel scheme is selected in the SideWinder Game Controller software.
  • The control settings for the SideWinder Precision Racing Wheel are improperly configured in the game.
  • The latest version of DirectX is not installed on the computer.


To resolve this issue, use the following methods in the order in which they are presented.

Turn Off All Schemes in the SideWinder Game Controller Software

To turn off all schemes in the SideWinder game controller software:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Game Controllers.
  3. Make sure that Microsoft SideWinder Precision Racing Wheel appears under Controller in the Game Controllers box, and that the value under Status is OK.
  4. Click Microsoft SideWinder Precision Racing Wheel, and then click Properties.
  5. On the Schemes tab, click to clear the Enable all schemes for SideWinder software 4.0 check box.
  6. Click OK, and then click OK again.
  7. Close Control Panel.

If the issue continues to occur, proceed to the next method.

Reset the Default Precision Wheel Control Settings in Midtown Madness

To reset the default precision wheel control settings in Midtown Madness:

  1. On the Midtown Madness startup screen, click Options.
  2. On the Options screen, click Control Options.
  3. In the Controllers box, click Steering Wheel, and then click Defaults.

NOTE: By default, Midtown Madness only assigns actions to buttons 1 and 2 on a steering wheel game controller. To assign actions to other buttons on the controller, click the action in the Key Function list, and then press the controller button that you want to use for that action.

  1. Click Done.

If the issue continues to occur, proceed to the next method.

Download and Install the Latest Version of DirectX

The latest version of DirectX is available as a free download from the following Microsoft Web site:


For additional information about this issue, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

247539 SideWinder Precision Racing Wheel: Pedals Do Not Respond in Game

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