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So, I have an old joystick.



It's fantastic. Fourteen functions (not counting combinations) and a throttle, and it fits my hand perfectly. Then again, I've had it for about 12 years or so, so perhaps it's more accurate to say that my hand fits the joystick. This joystick has shot down everything from TIE Fighters to Messerschmitts. Aside from lacking a twist function, I could not ask for anything more from it. And it seems I can't use it with Windows 7, because it's one of the old game port peripherals, not USB. Oh, I've tried adapters; it costs me one hat switch and the ability to use more than one button at a time. Perhaps that was a cheap adapter, perhaps not. What I really want to do is to connect my old Soundblaster Live! card, which had a game port, and just use the thing properly.

Turns out, though, that apparently Creative and Microsoft want you to buy new stuff, rather than use your perfectly good old stuff, and that game ports aren't particularly compatible with Windows 7. Now, I've seen some third party hacks that said they worked for Vista 32, but that there were issues with 64-bit OS's. Does anyone know of anything that'll work? I don't need the sound card, just the game port.

All help will be appreciated, even if it's just a free bump. Someone out there knows something, and I may need help getting this thread to their attention.
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Not sure if you've seen this thread on creative's forum. It's designed for Vista 32bit but latter comments seem to be from Win 7 users like yourself that have gotten the driver mentioned there to work.

I wish you luck!
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I've seen it, and I'll probably have time tomorrow to try it. Thanks for confirming that it's probably my only option.
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