I haven’t used my old CH Products flight gear since they stopped putting a gameport in computers . . . that is, years ago. With the recent release of Microsoft’s new free game, FLIGHT, I thought it was about time to dust off my old gameport CH Products game controllers and go for a fly.
So I was really happy to find the Rockfire RM-203 adapter that turns my old gameport gear into USB gear. This is a lot cheaper than replacing all my gear with all the new USB counterparts! The Rockfire adapter has 4-modes, each mode for use with various brands of controllers (see later paragraph). CH Products works with Mode 2. I say ‘works’ although not all the buttons on the controllers will function.
First I hooked up my old CH rudder pedals and my old CH Virtual Pilot Pro yoke with the Rockfire adapter. Here’s my results (also see the photo I uploaded):
CH PRODUCTS VIRTUAL PILOT PRO (w/ CH Rudder Pedals)—————————————————* Turn & pitch (x & y axis) = works* Buttons = 4 of 6 work (in this order: Y Y N — N Y Y)* Hat switches = 1 of 2 works (just the right one)* Throttle control = (slider) works* Rudder pedals = (z axis) works
I also tried my CH Products F16 Combatstick and rudder pedals with the same results:
CH PRODUCTS F16 COMBATSTICK (w/ CH Rudder Pedals)————————————————-* Turn & pitch (x & y axis) = works* Buttons = 4 of 6 work (red trigger, red thumb on grip, gray thumb on face/top, red pinkie)* Hat switches = 1 of 2 works (top one, not the 4-way)* Throttle wheel = (slider) works* Rudder pedals = (z axis) works
When I incorporated my CH Pro Throttle into either of the above setups, all that works on the Pro Throttle is the slider itself (no buttons, no hat, no switch), and the configurations stayed the same as noted above except the throttle controls (slider) were transferred to the Pro Throttle.
I am using Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, and all the drivers are built in. The Rockfire adapter makes the old gameport controllers plug and play USB. You can still bring up the Game Controllers box in Windows and run a calibration.
Although I only have CH Products gear, the Rockfire adapter box says it also works with the following brand peripherals in the other modes. I can’t verify any of these other modes, because I only have CH Products and am using Mode 2. I just thought this may help someone.
* Mode 1: Avant Garde, Bazooka Fighter, and Thrustmaster FCS compatibles* Mode 2: Maya Fighter, and CH Products Flightstick Pro compatibles* Mode 3: Fire Plus, Fire Dragon, and other 4-axis, 4-button joystick compatibles* Mode 4: Silver Hawk II, Space Ranger, and other sophisticated 2-axis, 6-button gamepad compatibles
In conclusion: Obviously, if you are a serious virtual pilot you will want to replace (or more likely, already have replaced) all your old gear with the new and no doubt improved USB models, so that all of the buttons, hats and switches work. But if you are a casual virtual pilot, or just someone who wants to dust off their old gear from the box in the closet for a few hours of fun, then I can definitely recommend the Rockfire RM-203 Gameport Adapter for a simple and cheap solution.
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I got this to enable me to use my old “Virtual Pilot Pro” Yoke.Although it did not support all six buttons and both top hat switches, it did give me four buttons and one top hat switch. The throttle was also supported.
All in all a very useful adapter.
really does do well with my old joystick and gamepads. it made my gaming easier. now that I own 1 of these adapters I’m quite happy
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