Myrm wrote:Joystick calibration it was! Thanks everybody!
I might get a new joystick. Any suggestions?
I have an X-55, and absolutely love it.
You'll want a powered USB hub for it if you're not plugging directly to the PC, it does make noises when twisting the stick, sometimes, and maybe once every 3 hours I'll get a ghosted input (Usually one bump to power distribution, or sensor range, no big deal.). These are well-documented issues, but very minor, in my opinion.
The throttle is utterly magnificent, and the stick is very nice. I have taken to using a silicone-teflon spray lube on the stick after several months (it pretty much has to be this type, petroleum based will eat the plastic), but that's just because I like it to be silent. With that, everything is still smooth as butter ~6 months out.
The configuration software is very powerful, even if miserable to work with (things are not at all intuitive, but there are some youtube videos of people setting it up which help tremendously), but you really only need to mess with that once, and only for a few buttons on the programming side. (I have the slidey-switch mapped to a repeating Num-+ key, which I use as my reverse on the throttle. That was a pain to get set up correctly. I also have one of the metal switches set to bring up the Steam overlay with a shift-tab, and getting the timing of button presses and releases was harder than you'd think. That, and one of the rotary controls my system volume. That's all I've had to set up.)
The calibration end of things is pretty simple and effective. The different springs on the stick and the adjustable tension on the throttle make them both feel great.