Will my old Sidewinder Wheel work in Windows 7?

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#1 Edited by Maxpowers_32 (530 posts) -

I have the force Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Wheel, which is pretty old (from around 1999 and it does not have a USB connection.

Even though I found the pedals and wheel, I can't find the power supply and am wondering if it's worth buying a 12V, 1.3A power supply since everything looks like it's in good condition and I'd like to use it vs.buying a whole new wheel and pedals. Also, what kind of adapter would be required to connect it to a modern PC with USB 3.0 and would the adapter work 100%

I'm using Windows 7 and would like to play the relatively recent Need for Speed or other racing games.

#2 Posted by IvanElk (3798 posts) -

What kind of interface (connection) does it use?

#3 Posted by PredatorRules (7070 posts) -
#4 Edited by Maxpowers_32 (530 posts) -

These are pictures of the wheel and pedals, along with the connection cord. It's some kind of serial connector, I'm not sure the name. As you can tell from the picture it's missing some pins. Will it still work? Can I buy any serial to USB adapter, or is there something specific for a device like this?

From the posted link it looks like if I run in compatibility mode and get the adapter it's worth trying.

#5 Posted by PredatorRules (7070 posts) -

go for it =)

#6 Posted by Maxpowers_32 (530 posts) -


I'm still confused. What is the name of the adapter that I'm looking for to convert from my old connection to usb? I see different sizes and some are male and some female. Can you tell from the picture what type of converter I would need?

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