So there has been an interesting turn of events with my Warthog throttle, and instead of cluttering up the Sim Pit thread any more I figured I’d start a separate one. So a quick recap of my issue. The other day I decided to do a deep cleaning of my computer, keyboard, hotas, etc. in which I disconnected everything from my tower for cleaning. Upon reassembly I was horrified to find that Windows wasn’t recognizing my Warthog throttle when I plugged it in! After much frantic searching of the inter webs, and trying several potential fixes I declared the throttle dead. My issue and the lack of response from the throttle while trying the fixes seemed to indicate the throttles PCB had failed.
However, tonight while I was at work my wife apparently decided to have a go at messing with it, and it lived!!! Upon returning from work I went and checked for myself and it indeed was alive. At this point I decided to smash the TM firmware update button. After a minute or so I was given an “Update Failed” message and the throttle had again gone dark! Frustrated I ask my wife what she had done, and then proceed to replicate that process with negative results. Still frustrated and growing desperate I start playing “Russian Roulette” with the Hawgs cord and my computers USB ports. After plugging into several ports and being told it wasn’t recognized, or Windows failed to install drivers, I plug into a port on the front of my tower, and it worked! However after a few minutes the throttle shut down and became unrecognized. Again I started randomly plugging into USB ports, however this time I focused on the ones directly attached to the MB. Eventually I was able to get another successful connection, and so far this one has proven to be stable.
So honestly I don’t really have a clue what’s going on at this point. It could be my computers USB ports, it could be an issue with Windows 7, or maybe the throttles PCB is on the fritz. Not a clue. Time will tell I guess, especially once I work up the nerve to reboot my computer, assuming the throttle doesn’t randomly go unrecognized again.
PS. I want to thank everyone over in the Sim Pit thread for their support, I really appreciate it!
PPS. Sorry for the essay!