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Old 07-31-2003, 11:48 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Sidewinder gamepad - mandrake 9.1 - help!

Hi people,

I am a newbie (3 weeks in linux!) and am using mandrake 9.1, i am sooo impressed with it i am planning on coverting our office to use this operating system - it's so much better that win 98!

I have managed to work a few things out, I managed to install the lastest Nvidia driver for my card and it's really good, quake 3 is much better in Linux now.

I thing i am having a lot of problems with is setting up my M$ sidewinder joypad (non-usb).

Is there a way to use it without re-compiling my kernel (really dont want to do that just yet).

I.E does mandrake 9.1 come with sidewinder support built in and just need to be turned on in a .conf file?

Any help would be great

Old 08-05-2003, 05:01 AM   #2
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If it helps here are my specs:-

1.4 gig athlon
256 DDR Ram
soundblaster PCI 128
Geforce 3 TI 200
Chaintech 7kjd Motherboard
M$ sidewinder

Is there any tests i can do to see if Linux has even detected my joypad?
Old 08-05-2003, 11:29 AM   #3
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as root do an lsmod and see if you have these modules:

gameport, sidewinder

there are a couple more but I forget (I'm not in front of my machine)

I actually went through setting up my own gamepad (not a sidewinder but its roughly the same process) recently and in mandrake 9.1 (which I run also), it ended up being just a couple of entries in /etc/modules and everything worked ok.
Old 08-05-2003, 01:57 PM   #4
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You may want to check out the following posting. It details an issue with one of the SB 128 gameport drivers and how to get it working.
Old 10-02-2003, 03:04 AM   #5
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Hi again people.

I still haven't sorted this out.

Here is my lsmod

Module Size Used by Tainted: P
udf 90464 0 (autoclean)
ppp_deflate 4408 0 (autoclean)
zlib_inflate 21156 0 (autoclean) [ppp_deflate]
zlib_deflate 21144 0 (autoclean) [ppp_deflate]
bsd_comp 5336 0 (autoclean)
es1371 29032 0
agpgart 40896 3 (autoclean)
nvidia 1765632 11 (autoclean)
soundcore 6276 0 [es1371]
ac97_codec 12488 0 [es1371]
nfsd 74256 8 (autoclean)
ppp_async 9216 1
ppp_generic 24060 3 [ppp_deflate bsd_comp ppp_async]
slhc 6564 0 [ppp_generic]
af_packet 14952 0 (autoclean)
sr_mod 16952 0 (autoclean)
floppy 55100 0
3c59x 29584 1 (autoclean)
nls_iso8859-15 4092 1 (autoclean)
nls_cp850 4316 1 (autoclean)
vfat 11820 1 (autoclean)
fat 37944 0 (autoclean) [vfat]
supermount 15296 3 (autoclean)
ide-cd 33856 0
cdrom 31648 0 [sr_mod ide-cd]
ide-scsi 11280 0
scsi_mod 103540 2 [sr_mod ide-scsi]
grip 5240 0 (unused)
analog 9024 0 (unused)
sidewinder 9816 0 (unused)
gameport 3316 0 [es1371 grip analog sidewinder]
joydev 7040 0
input 5664 0 [grip analog sidewinder joydev]
usb-uhci 24684 0 (unused)
usbcore 72992 1 [usb-uhci]
rtc 8060 0 (autoclean)
ext3 59756 2
jbd 39100 2 [ext3]

I have put these lines in the etc/rc.d/rc.local file.

#Reloads the es1371 module and tells it where to find the gameport
rmmod es1371
/sbin/modprobe es1371 joystick=0x200
#Loads the Joystick driver
/sbin/modprobe joydev
#loads the gameport driver
/sbin/modprobe gameport
#Loads the analog driver
/sbin/modprobe analog

and these lines in my modules file


One thing is that my joystick is non-usb and is a digital pad - is the analgoue driver not making it work

Old 10-02-2003, 09:11 AM   #6
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doesn't the sidewinder have an "analog" switch option?

I have the sidewider joystick (not the pad) and I've only used it with it switched to analog and it works pretty well that way

(although now it occurs to me to try digital mode)
Old 10-02-2003, 06:06 PM   #7
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You do not need the analog at all, to get my sidewinder to work I had to make an alias for the module in my /etc/modutils/aliases in Debian you should do similar in the right file in Mandrake. The lines in the file:
# Added by me for Sidewinder Joystick
alias char-major-13     sidewinder
pre-install sidewinder modprobe joydev ; modprobe emu10k1-gp
This is for a SBLive card when I used an AWE64 I needed to use the module ns558 IIRC instead of the emu10k-gp it was needed in addition to the other modules on the older SB cards so you may need this also you of course still have to be loading the gameport module from somewhere else.
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how about for a Gravis analog joystick. I cant seem to get linux drivers for that on the site but I would think that the joystick would come preloaded on my distrobution. I have Mandrake linux 10. jstest isnt a bash command. I'm doing this all from root. I dont know what to do. hmm.



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