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MS Sidewinder FF wheel - force feedback too stiff/heavy
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#1 - nikec
MS Sidewinder FF wheel - force feedback too stiff/heavy
Hey, chaps.

Got a used Sidewinder FF wheel (usb version) for 10 euro locally last week and the force feedback works decently in Assetto Corsa under 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate despite the wheel being 20 years old and the lack of MS driver support since Win 98.

LFS (latest 0.6T) is a different story, though. The wheel is recognized as a 270 degree Sidewinder and with FF @ 100%, 0 wheel turn compensation and dead zone removal enabled the wheel is way too stiff/heavy when turned either direction regardless of the car moving or not, quickly centering itself when released. The in-game FF settings also do nothing when changed, meaning FF level can't be adjusted or enabled/disabled neither while driving nor in the options menu.

The situation is the same both under 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate with generic drivers (since the 4.0 MS drivers install but crash when accessing the wheel setup page) and 32-bit Windows XP SP3 with Sidewinder drivers 4.0 installed, maximum FF level and return-to-center tension off and a custom settings profile saved in the Sidewinder setup panel (which is constantly running in the background).

I guess it is a hardware limitation considering the wheel age and I am well aware that a DFGT is the bare minimum for decent racing experince when using a steering wheel, although I expected the core LFS FF to be partially similar (in principle) to Assetto Corsa even with this ancient controller.

Will appreciate any thoughts.

Best regards!
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MS Sidewinder FF wheel - force feedback too stiff/heavy
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