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Anonymous
April 8, 2005 1:25:01 AM

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I bought a MS SideWinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick several years ago and
about 1 year into owning it (and after having played no more than 20 games
with it) I came home to find the thing hot to the touch and unresponsive. I
unplugged it from the wall to let it cool down, but when I tried to plug it
in again--nothing. Not even when I plug it into the USB port does it light
up. I spent many many dollars on the joystick and it worked great... for a
while. So my question is,
does anybody know of how I can go about getting my joystick fixed? I tried
to email Microsoft about it but apparently they no longer support Sidewinder
Joysticks?? I'm not sure that I'd trust a local repair shop to go prying the
thing open just to find that replacement parts are unavailable so... does
anybody have suggestions?

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Anonymous
April 8, 2005 7:00:38 PM

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Hi,

What is the cost of a new rumble/feedback stick?
If it's no longer under warrenty, wouldn't it be a
lot easier and less expensive to replace it instead?

P.S.: If you're not already doing so, make sure
to use a power spike/surge protector or a UPS
since it seems you leave your PC on all day. :-)

--
Cheers, Windows XP MVP Shell / User
Jimmy S. http://mvp.support.microsoft.com

Game FAQs: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=FH;[LN];gms
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_________________________________________________________

"T R S" <T R S@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news:2C879E9C-A7DC-4BE0-B7C6-66C196C38959@microsoft.com...
|I bought a MS SideWinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick several years ago and
| about 1 year into owning it (and after having played no more than 20 games
| with it) I came home to find the thing hot to the touch and unresponsive. I
| unplugged it from the wall to let it cool down, but when I tried to plug it
| in again--nothing. Not even when I plug it into the USB port does it light
| up. I spent many many dollars on the joystick and it worked great... for a
| while. So my question is,
| does anybody know of how I can go about getting my joystick fixed? I tried
| to email Microsoft about it but apparently they no longer support Sidewinder
| Joysticks?? I'm not sure that I'd trust a local repair shop to go prying the
| thing open just to find that replacement parts are unavailable so... does
| anybody have suggestions?
Anonymous
April 8, 2005 7:00:39 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.games (More info?)

Hi T R S,

You should try this link and see if they will help you.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;326246 I don't know
what the status of that support avenue is anymore since that has been around
for some time, but the page says last review was Oct 15, 2004 so I would
think you still have a good chance. I have used it in the past to report
mice that had stopped functioning and they just sent me a new mouse.

Joshua Smith
OpenGL Test Lab
Microsoft
-----

Get Secure! www.microsoft.com/security

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights

"Jimmy S." <nosp@m.pls> wrote in message
news:q0x5e.3321$1j4.3031@news.cpqcorp.net...
> Hi,
>
> What is the cost of a new rumble/feedback stick?
> If it's no longer under warrenty, wouldn't it be a
> lot easier and less expensive to replace it instead?
>
> P.S.: If you're not already doing so, make sure
> to use a power spike/surge protector or a UPS
> since it seems you leave your PC on all day. :-)
>
> --
> Cheers, Windows XP MVP Shell / User
> Jimmy S. http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
>
> Game FAQs: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=FH;[LN];gms
> Visit my MSN Zone.com and Gaming Help Site: http://mvps.org/nibblesnbits
> MS Assisted Support:
> http://support.microsoft.com/select/?target=assistance
> My advice is donated "AS IS" without warranty; nor do I confer any
> rights.
> _________________________________________________________
>
> "T R S" <T R S@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:2C879E9C-A7DC-4BE0-B7C6-66C196C38959@microsoft.com...
> |I bought a MS SideWinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick several years ago and
> | about 1 year into owning it (and after having played no more than 20
> games
> | with it) I came home to find the thing hot to the touch and
> unresponsive. I
> | unplugged it from the wall to let it cool down, but when I tried to plug
> it
> | in again--nothing. Not even when I plug it into the USB port does it
> light
> | up. I spent many many dollars on the joystick and it worked great...
> for a
> | while. So my question is,
> | does anybody know of how I can go about getting my joystick fixed? I
> tried
> | to email Microsoft about it but apparently they no longer support
> Sidewinder
> | Joysticks?? I'm not sure that I'd trust a local repair shop to go
> prying the
> | thing open just to find that replacement parts are unavailable so...
> does
> | anybody have suggestions?
>
>
Anonymous
April 8, 2005 7:00:40 PM

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Hey Joshua,

OMG You're a saint. I followed the link, gave the phone number a call and
was able to get ahold of a Customer Service Rep w/in 3 minutes. The lady
simply asked for me to photocopy the bottom of the joystick, send it in along
with a RN# and that they'd get to work on replacing it! I'd almost given up
on ever having my Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 ever again but thanks to you
(and Microsoft of course) it would appear that I'll be able to enjoy the bone
rattling force feedback action once again.

Thanks a ton!
T R S

"Joshua Smith [MSFT]" wrote:

> Hi T R S,
>
> You should try this link and see if they will help you.
> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;326246 I don't know
> what the status of that support avenue is anymore since that has been around
> for some time, but the page says last review was Oct 15, 2004 so I would
> think you still have a good chance. I have used it in the past to report
> mice that had stopped functioning and they just sent me a new mouse.
>
> Joshua Smith
> OpenGL Test Lab
> Microsoft
> -----
>
> Get Secure! www.microsoft.com/security
>
> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
>
> "Jimmy S." <nosp@m.pls> wrote in message
> news:q0x5e.3321$1j4.3031@news.cpqcorp.net...
> > Hi,
> >
> > What is the cost of a new rumble/feedback stick?
> > If it's no longer under warrenty, wouldn't it be a
> > lot easier and less expensive to replace it instead?
> >
> > P.S.: If you're not already doing so, make sure
> > to use a power spike/surge protector or a UPS
> > since it seems you leave your PC on all day. :-)
> >
> > --
> > Cheers, Windows XP MVP Shell / User
> > Jimmy S. http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
> >
> > Game FAQs: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=FH;[LN];gms
> > Visit my MSN Zone.com and Gaming Help Site: http://mvps.org/nibblesnbits
> > MS Assisted Support:
> > http://support.microsoft.com/select/?target=assistance
> > My advice is donated "AS IS" without warranty; nor do I confer any
> > rights.
> > _________________________________________________________
> >
> > "T R S" <T R S@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > news:2C879E9C-A7DC-4BE0-B7C6-66C196C38959@microsoft.com...
> > |I bought a MS SideWinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick several years ago and
> > | about 1 year into owning it (and after having played no more than 20
> > games
> > | with it) I came home to find the thing hot to the touch and
> > unresponsive. I
> > | unplugged it from the wall to let it cool down, but when I tried to plug
> > it
> > | in again--nothing. Not even when I plug it into the USB port does it
> > light
> > | up. I spent many many dollars on the joystick and it worked great...
> > for a
> > | while. So my question is,
> > | does anybody know of how I can go about getting my joystick fixed? I
> > tried
> > | to email Microsoft about it but apparently they no longer support
> > Sidewinder
> > | Joysticks?? I'm not sure that I'd trust a local repair shop to go
> > prying the
> > | thing open just to find that replacement parts are unavailable so...
> > does
> > | anybody have suggestions?
> >
> >
>
>
>
Anonymous
April 11, 2005 11:56:55 AM

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T R S,

Excellent to hear that. The SW FF2 is a great stick.I am glad you'll be
in business again soon.

Take care,
Joshua Smith
OpenGL Test Lab
Microsoft
-----

Get Secure! www.microsoft.com/security

This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights

"T R S" <TRS@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:4788728A-D126-4E6F-8AA9-0231AFE279FA@microsoft.com...
> Hey Joshua,
>
> OMG You're a saint. I followed the link, gave the phone number a call and
> was able to get ahold of a Customer Service Rep w/in 3 minutes. The lady
> simply asked for me to photocopy the bottom of the joystick, send it in
> along
> with a RN# and that they'd get to work on replacing it! I'd almost given
> up
> on ever having my Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 ever again but thanks to you
> (and Microsoft of course) it would appear that I'll be able to enjoy the
> bone
> rattling force feedback action once again.
>
> Thanks a ton!
> T R S
>
> "Joshua Smith [MSFT]" wrote:
>
>> Hi T R S,
>>
>> You should try this link and see if they will help you.
>> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;326246 I don't
>> know
>> what the status of that support avenue is anymore since that has been
>> around
>> for some time, but the page says last review was Oct 15, 2004 so I would
>> think you still have a good chance. I have used it in the past to report
>> mice that had stopped functioning and they just sent me a new mouse.
>>
>> Joshua Smith
>> OpenGL Test Lab
>> Microsoft
>> -----
>>
>> Get Secure! www.microsoft.com/security
>>
>> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no
>> rights
>>
>> "Jimmy S." <nosp@m.pls> wrote in message
>> news:q0x5e.3321$1j4.3031@news.cpqcorp.net...
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > What is the cost of a new rumble/feedback stick?
>> > If it's no longer under warrenty, wouldn't it be a
>> > lot easier and less expensive to replace it instead?
>> >
>> > P.S.: If you're not already doing so, make sure
>> > to use a power spike/surge protector or a UPS
>> > since it seems you leave your PC on all day. :-)
>> >
>> > --
>> > Cheers, Windows XP MVP Shell / User
>> > Jimmy S. http://mvp.support.microsoft.com
>> >
>> > Game FAQs: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=FH;[LN];gms
>> > Visit my MSN Zone.com and Gaming Help Site:
>> > http://mvps.org/nibblesnbits
>> > MS Assisted Support:
>> > http://support.microsoft.com/select/?target=assistance
>> > My advice is donated "AS IS" without warranty; nor do I confer any
>> > rights.
>> > _________________________________________________________
>> >
>> > "T R S" <T R S@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> > news:2C879E9C-A7DC-4BE0-B7C6-66C196C38959@microsoft.com...
>> > |I bought a MS SideWinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick several years ago
>> > and
>> > | about 1 year into owning it (and after having played no more than 20
>> > games
>> > | with it) I came home to find the thing hot to the touch and
>> > unresponsive. I
>> > | unplugged it from the wall to let it cool down, but when I tried to
>> > plug
>> > it
>> > | in again--nothing. Not even when I plug it into the USB port does it
>> > light
>> > | up. I spent many many dollars on the joystick and it worked great...
>> > for a
>> > | while. So my question is,
>> > | does anybody know of how I can go about getting my joystick fixed? I
>> > tried
>> > | to email Microsoft about it but apparently they no longer support
>> > Sidewinder
>> > | Joysticks?? I'm not sure that I'd trust a local repair shop to go
>> > prying the
>> > | thing open just to find that replacement parts are unavailable so...
>> > does
>> > | anybody have suggestions?
>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>>
!