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I just got a saitek cyborg evo joystick. When i tried to fly in BF2 it is difficult for me for manuvering and stuff and i was wondering if anyone can help me in anyway improve my flying skills
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it depends on what the exact issue is. is it too sesitive or not sensitive enough? As I tell anyone that uses a joystick, make sure you have it calibrated in windows first. sometimes just doing that can help a lot when it comes to controlling helicopters/planes in any game. When it comes to flying a plane in bf2 you want to roll your plane and pull back on the joystick when turning so you would for example have your control set up so that your roll would be to move the joystick left/right and your turn would be twist right/left. this is how I have my joystick setup and seems to work for me. my only real suggestion would be to pracitce on single player lots until you get a feel for the aircraft you are flying. I know it sound cliche but practice, practice, practice. That is really the only way you get get good at anything.

Helicopters are another story although not too dissimilat to flying a plane. to go higher/lower you raise/lower your collective, your thrust toggle. if you want to yaw left/right you would twist the joystick left/right. if you want to chagne pitch up/down/left/right would get you where you want to go.
The basics of bf2 helicopter flying are the higher the collective the more rotations your propellers will have therefore if you want to go forward, raise your collective and dip your nose slightly. this should then give you enough forward momentum to get going. a word of warning though. if you push too far forward on the joystick and too much ppower on the collective all at once you will very soon know the taste of dirt in your mouth as the ground seems to leap up at you rather quickly. when it comes to turning the helicopter you can turn while remaining at a level hover by just twisting the joystick or turning with your yaw controls. if you want to perform a rolling turn you should turn your joystick in the direction you want to go while adding a little bit of yaw. the more yaw the sharper the turn but also the harder it will be to get of the turn if you don't counter it. Countering a turn is the basic idea that you put the exact oppisite of force in your turn to counteract your actions. so to turn left you twist your joystick left, to get out of the turn you counter twist in the opposite direction with about the same amount of force. Of course this varies depending on what you want to be doing but it all comes down to practice.
Hope this helps...if it doesn't just tell me to shut up and i will.
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its to sensitive, also how do you calibrate it in windows?
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start\\control panel\\game controllers, go in there and it is easy
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I have the wireless version of that joystick. It owns... when i can get some working batteries for it -.-

How have you set it up for BF2? have u used the 'SST' software that comes with it, to set the different axis' to buttons? (ie. push forward = up etc)

Thats how i first tryed it with mine, and its useless. Setting the axis' to buttons gives no variation in the movement. (its all or nothing type thing)

You need to go into BF2, and go option -> controls -> helicopter/plane and in there, click 'pitch forward' and in one smooth movement, push the stick forward. BF2 should register this movement, and show up 'joy axis x' or y or watever.

If its the wireless version, make sure that the batteries work well. I find that sometimes mine stops responding, and i have to remove, and reinsert the battery. this normally makes it responsive again.
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