Setting up QS217 – Commandpad for use with Windows 95.

Users may experience problems while setting up the above named joystick in Windows 95. Below are some instructions on how to setup the Windows 95 joystick driver and this joystick. The calibration under Windows 95 is only necessary for windows games, and not required for Dos based games because they always have their own calibration routine.

*Note: in all of the information below, ‘click’ refers to depressing the left mouse button. ‘Right click’ means depressing the right mouse button.

First of all, you need to make sure whether the joystick driver is already installed or not. Go to section 1.

Section 1: Checking to see if you already have the joystick driver installed.

  1. Right click on My Computer
  2. A small menu will appear, go to the bottom and click on Properties; this will bring up a window with the title ‘System Properties’.
  3. Click on the Device Manager tab at the top of this window
  4. A list of hardware on your machine will appear. Go down the list until you come to Sound, Video and Game controllers.
  5. Expand this section by double clicking on the word ‘Sound, Video and Game controllers’, or by clicking on the ‘+’ beside the words.
  6. A list of devices should appear; one of which should be a Gameport Joystick. It is possible that you have a plug and play game port, in which case the name of the joystick driver may be different to that of ‘Game port joystick’. For example it may be ‘Yamaha Game port’. If you have this driver then skip the rest of this section and go to the section called ‘Calibration’. If however, you have more than one ‘Game port joystick’, you will find that the joystick calibration will not work properly. You will have to remove the redundant drivers. For details on how to do this go to the section called ‘Removing Redundant Drivers’ on this guide.
  7. If you have not got the ‘Game port Joystick’ device driver installed it will not appear on the list and you must install it. You may not even have a section called ‘Sound, Video and Game controllers’; there is no need to worry. All you need to do is install the joystick driver. Installation instructions are in the section called ‘How to Install the Windows 95 driver’.

Section 2: Removing Redundant Drivers

You will only need to do this if you have more than one ‘game port joystick’ driver installed as described in point 6 of Section 1.

  1. Right click on My Computer
  2. A small menu will appear, go to the bottom and click on Properties. This will bring up a window with the title ‘System Properties’.
  3. Click on the Device Manager tab at the top of this window.
  4. A list of hardware on your machine will appear. Go down the list until you come to Sound, Video and Game controllers.
  5. Expand this section by double clicking on the word ‘Sound, Video and Game controllers’, or by clicking on the ‘+’ beside the words.
  6. A list of devices should appear, in which you will have either one or more of the driver called Game port joystick. It is possible that you have a plug and play sound card, in which case the name of the joystick driver may be different to that on ‘Game port Joystick’. For example it may be ‘Yamaha Game port’.
  7. Remove the joystick drivers. This can be done by clicking on the word ‘Game port Joystick’ (or whatever your one(s) may be called), so that it is highlighted, and clicking on the remove button on the bottom of the window. This can be repeated until all of the ‘Game port joystick’ drivers have been removed.
  8. Restart your machine (Start, Shut Down, Restart Computer). This is required just in case you have a plug and play game port, in which case when the Windows 95 restarts, it will automatically install the joystick driver.
  9. When the computer has restarted, if you see a screen at the beginning saying 'Windows has found new hardware and is installing the software necessary to install the device', then you will need to make sure that it is the joystick driver that has been installed. For information on how to check this, follow the instructions as described in here, and go to the section described ‘Checking to see if you already have the joystick driver loaded’. If it is installed, then you can calibrate your joystick as necessary and everything should work properly. If on the other hand you did not see such a message then you will need to install the Windows 95 driver manually. For information on how to do this, refer to section 3, titled ‘How to Install the Windows 95 driver’. Once this is completed, you can calibrate your joystick as necessary and everything should work properly.

 

Section 3: How to install the Windows 95 driver:

  1. Go to Control Panel (Start, Settings, Control Panel)
  2. Click on Add new Hardware
  3. Click Next
  4. Answer No for the question for auto install
  5. Select Sound, video and game controllers, and click on Next
  6. For manufacturer, select Microsoft
  7. For model, Select Gameport Joystick
  8. Click Next until Finish is seen.
  9. Restart your computer if necessary
  10. ‘Joystick’ Icon should appear if already not there in control panel, and can be reconfigured / removed in the same way as described above.

Section 4: Calibration

  1. Go to Control Panel (Start, Settings, Control Panel)
  2. Double click on the Game Controllers icon
  3. A ‘Game Controllers’ window will appear. If this is the only joystick that you have, make sure that nothing is listed in the white box. If there is, click on its name and remove it by using the ‘Remove’ button.
  4. Click on the Add button
  5. Select 4 button Gamepad and then click OK. This should appear in the white text box. Under ‘Status’ it should say ‘OK’. If it doesn’t and you have any other joystick in this list, then make sure you remove them before proceeding
  6. Click on Properties and then click on Calibrate and follow the instructions given carefully. If these instructions are not followed carefully it may result in the joystick not being calibrated properly and causing it to not respond as it should
  7. To test the joystick click on Test.

After you have finished testing, click on Apply then click on Finish

Congratulations!!! You have now installed the joystick for use with Windows 95. It should work with all Windows 95 games with no problems whatsoever. If you have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.