Not bothering the read the manual, I quickly laid out the
contents on the table to figure what goes where. Installation was relatively simple.
"Without looking at the manual, the wheel is pretty
easy to set up for any regular gamer"
The steering wheel had 2 connectors and one midi/joystick connector which goes to
PCs soundcard joystick port or gameport. One connector is for the power supply to
give the wheel the necessary juice and the other connector was meant for the input from
the foot pedals (a PS/2 type connector).
Without looking at the manual, the wheel is pretty easy to set up for
any regular gamer. Incidentally, the manual provided by MS was rather skimpy, although
thick. On checking the manual later (much after setting up the entire wheel), I discovered
that only a mere 5-6 pages were dedicated to the actual description of the wheel, the set
up, technical support, etc.. The rest of the manual had 5 other languages of the same
thing. Of course, the usual MS spew (EULA etc., etc.) was included.
After ensuring that all the wires were properly
connected, I fired up my rig, which consisted the following components:
- Celeron [email protected]
- Abit BH6 (BIOS ver FL unchanged since pruchased)
- 128 Megs RAM (64Megs LGS, 64Megs Siemens 3rd party)
- Matrox Millenium G200 @ 115Mhz
- Powercolor Voodoo2 SLI @ 106Mhz
- Creative AWE64
- Toshiba 5x/32x DVD-ROM (SD1202)
- IBM Deskstar 8.4Gb
- Quantum FB 2.1Gb
Other non-important components of my rig:
- Creative Videoblaster BIT Kit
- SCVs cable modem
- HP Colorado Jumbo 350 tape drive
- Creative PC Works speakers
- MS Sidewinder Pro
- 56K Prolink Modem
The strange thing about the wheel is that Win98 did not autodetect it.
So I stuck in the driver CD anyway to install the necessary drivers. The drivers installed
flawlessly. However, it detected a previous installation of the same Sidewinder software
and prompted me if I wanted to overwrite the existing files or not. Fearing any
software/drivers conflicts, I went with overwriting all previously installed files
regardless of whether they were later versions or not. I cant remember if I had to
reboot my PC.