Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Difficulties with Game Controllers

With the popularity of computer games comes the onslaught of game controllers. There are all kinds of available game controllers, including joysticks, flight yokes, gamepads, and others. Most of the game controllers are hooked up to a Universal Serial Bus (USB) port, or they can function over an infrared port if your computer is equipped with one. Generally, they work like any other peripheral.

My game controller does not work.

Cause: As with any hardware, you need to make sure that the game controller you want to use is compatible with Windows XP. If compatibility does not seem to be an issue, then Plug and Play may have a difficult time detecting the device for one reason or another or may have trouble installing the correct driver. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s setup instructions.

You can try to use the Game Controllers tool in Control Panel to install the device:

1. Click Start--> Control Panel--> Game Controllers.

2. In the Game Controllers window--> see if the device is listed and connected--> If not, go to Step 3.

3. Click the Add button--> In the Add Game Controller window--> select the type of game controller you want to install and click OK.

4. If the game controller still does not work--> you should call the manufacturer’s help line or visit the manufacturer’s Web site for help.

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