usb joystick DOS

November 15, 2008 at 00:37:27
Specs: DOS/98, P3/SLOW

Hello there
I'm trying to get a usb joystick to work in DOS in my old
computer so that i can play games like Privateer 2
does anyone know if this is possible?
thank-you in advance
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November 15, 2008 at 02:03:37

Yes, certainly, if you can find the correct drivers/software which supports USB Joystick

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November 15, 2008 at 03:32:41

would anybody know if there is dos drivers for the logitech
wingman force 3d?

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November 15, 2008 at 10:45:40

I am not familiar with the game privateer 2, but DOS games were all developed to run in a pure DOS environment. It's true that many DOS games which use less than 640kB of ram will run in a DOS prompt under Win98, but that's because Win98 allows them to directly access the hardware - which is also why Win98 had infamous stability problems. DOS programs assume to be running on just DOS and assume having to provide the drivers for things like sound and joysticks. So even if the DOS game runs under Windows, it won't use the Windows' hardware support. What a USB joystick needs to work with an old DOS game is some kind of TSR program which loads before the game starts and translates the USB joystick input/output to the game as gameport input/output so the built-in joystick driver will use it. There doesn't seem to be anything like that available, it's probably very complicated or impossible to accomplish that in a small TSR program and not cause other problems with the game's operation. Otherwise the makers of USB joysticks would probably offer such a "driver" with their product.
As a solution, is it possible that your computer could run the free (open source) program DosBox? DosBox is a Windows program (also a Linux version) which will use the USB joystick set up in Windows and will translate that to the emulated or virtual DOS environment which it creates for DOS games. The problem, of course, is that it takes a lot of CPU cycles for DosBox to simulate this DOS environment in real time, so the result might be that your game may not run satisfactory. But, it's something you could try, DosBox is free to download.

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November 15, 2008 at 11:03:52

And no; from the Readme.txt file on the Logitech CD, no pure DOS drivers for the Wingman Force 3D.


Logitech Wingman software is designed to work with the Windows 98/2000/ME/XP operating systems only. Windows 95, Windows 3.x and true DOS (6.22 or lower) are not supported.


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November 17, 2008 at 01:57:26

Thank you for your replies
i ended up getting a new joystick
but thanks anyways
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January 30, 2009 at 08:21:08

There are many difficult ways to get whatever joystick you want to work in dos. It's much easier to just use a keyboard emulator in my opinion. It'll run in windows memory and just emulate joystick presses as key presses. That means all you have to do is have a joystick that works in windows and bam...set up your dos game as keyboard control and emulate whatever keystrokes you need in the utility. Here's a link to a free one. It's simple doesn't eat up much memory. Runs in the task bar.

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January 30, 2009 at 11:27:20


Thanks for posting the link to this JoyStickCursorTool, I'm going to try it out for some applications. But, I believe the original post had to do with using an USB joystick in a DOS only environment, not running in Windows. In that case, this tool will not work.

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February 4, 2009 at 01:06:19

Go out and buy a gameport joystick.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
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