Installation was pretty straightforward and just involved
plugging in the various GS components. However, the power
adapter that came with the GS I had was faulty and my display
drew a blank when my system was powered up. The adapter might
have gotten damaged during shipment. I substituted the given
adapter with that of my HP Jornada and to my relief, the POST
sequence could be seen again.
Driver installation was without
a hitch. I just had to insert the GS setup CD and wait for
the splash screen to appear. Selecting "Driver Installation"
will automatically install the drivers. New drivers are available
from ACT-LABS at the point of writing and you can get them
here. A point of note is that DirectX 5.0 or later has to
be present for the GS to work.
After installing the drivers,
the GS has to be added to the Game Controllers panel in the
Control Panel. For the GS to work, there must be no other
devices listed in the Game Controllers panel and the GS has
to be set to controller #1.
Calibration of the gun and handheld units is required after
installation. Calibration is done via the Game Controllers
panel and involves firing a couple of shots as close to the
bullseye of a target as possible. Console users who have used
gun systems should find this process familiar. The guns have
to be re-calibrated for each screen resolution with the provided
drivers. The new 1.02 drivers allows for just one calibration
for all screen resolutions and it's recommend that you get
them. Calibration of the handheld unit is done just once.