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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Configuring PC Gamepads


Configuring PC Gamepads

1). Check the manufacturer documentation and software that came with the gamepad and any games you intend to play using the gamepad. You may not need these, but they might come in handy.

2). Check to see if there is specific software that came with the gamepad. If there is, click the "Start" button in Windows and browse the program list to see if it has already been installed. If it is already installed, launch the software. Otherwise, insert the disc and install the software, then launch it. If there is no software, skip to step four.

3). Look for configuration settings in the gamepad software interface. Specific instructions for how to modify these configuration settings should be included in any documentation that shipped with the gamepad, but most software that accompanies these controllers is only for configuration anyway, so this should be fairly straightforward and user-friendly. You may be able to completely configure the controller for your whole PC by using the software, but to be on the safe side, you should check for additional configuration settings in the next step.


4). Click the "Start" button in Windows and select "Run." Type "devmgmt.msc" in the Run window and click the "OK" button. This will launch the Device Manager. Expand the "Sound, video and game controllers" entry by clicking the plus sign next to it. Locate the gamepad listed in this category, right-click it and select "Properties" from the options that pop up. Check the Properties window for a configuration tab or button; if you see one, there may be additional configuration options available through this interface. Make any desired changes before proceeding to the next step.

5). Launch a game you want to play using the gamepad. When the software starts, look for an options or settings screen on the main menu. Access this screen and look for a gamepad configuration or controls screen. Follow any on-screen prompts on this screen to configure the gamepad for this software only. Settings made here will not override any general gamepad settings you may have modified in the previous steps.

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