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Old 03-15-2005, 07:48 AM   #1
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General question about joysticks

Hi there!

It's been a long time, since I used a joysick. I think it was the gravis gamepad, in th 90th.. :-)

I took a look at to store last week and most joysticks are programmable now. How is that with Linux? (I mean only USB)

Is it ok to buy a programmable joystick or does that cause problems mostly?

Is there anything else I should have a look for about a joystick I wanna buy? Do special things go wrong in general?

Thanks, Sascha
Old 03-15-2005, 08:29 PM   #2
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You will be able to use the joystick normally, however the programmable buttons will not work. This is because in windows it simply runs a program in the background, and then maps the programmable buttons to a keypress on the keyboard.

you could make it so if you press 1 on the joystick, that it would equal a on the keyboard, meaning that you would be able to use a joystick in games that don't officially support them.
Old 03-16-2005, 03:18 AM   #3
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Hi and thanks!

And how easy is that? I mean is it worth the work or is the work usually enormous? Does it cause a lot of problem?

And, is every button on a programmable joystick not working from the beginning or are some (maybe 4?) buttons working a normal joystick buttons?

Greeings, Sascha


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