Setup and Use of your 3DP-Vert as posted on DescentBB.net
There is no particular order for connecting the converter
to the PC, in case you use it w/o any protection outside
a PC it's recommended to proceed as follows:
connect a MicroSoft SideWinder 3D Pro to the converters
connect the B end of a USB A-B cable the the converters
place the converter at a spot on your desk where the other
end of the USB cable will reach a USB port of your computer.
Make sure there is no metal under the converter or even
close to it !
make sure the 3D Pro is in the neutral position
connect the A end of the USB A-B cable to a USB port on
your computer while the converter is connected, do not touch
it. Do no drop anything on it. Keep your pets away from
it. I can't stress this enough: make sure nothing made out
of metal comes into contact w/ any part of the converter
while it is operating !! Failure to do so may destroy the
converter and/or damage your computer !! It is strongly
recommended to box the unit or mount it inside your PC.
The first time the converter is connected to your PC (while
also connected to a 3D Pro) the "Found New Hardware"
process will start and configure Windows for using the converter.
After this finishes (about 10s), open the "Gaming Options"
(2k) or "Game Controllers" (XP) panel found in
the "Control Panel". You should see the entry
"Microsoft SideWinder 3D Pro (USB)". Double click
the entry and operate the 3D Pro.
The converter can be disconnected from the USB port anytime,
w/ or w/o the 3D Pro connected.
The converter can stay connected to your PC 24/7. You can
power cycle or reboot the PC w/ the converter connected.
Switching the little emulation select switch on the back
of the 3D Pro will cause the 3D Pro to reset. In that case
the converter will restart and reinitialize the 3D Pro.
You will loose the 3D Pro for about 2s if that happens.
I you are going to use the 3D Pro w/ Descent 3, proceed
open Notepad or editplus
copy the four lines (between the -----)
and paste them into Notepad:
name=Microsoft SideWinder 3D Pro (USB)
Check for spaces
at the end of the pasted lines and remove them (important)
save this file as Mssw3dpu.ctl
into your Descent 3 root directory (usually c:\games\descent3)
Or you can download it HERE
and save it to your Descent 3 root directory (usually c:\games\descent3)
This seems to kill the default deadzone of DirectInput
and is independent from the -deadzone commandline parameter.
The later is applied by D3 on the values delivered by DI.