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  1. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    Wanted to thank everyone for their help - specifically Retro808. Since switching to the front USB ports the problem has completely vanished. I don't even want to question it at this point- I switched my WIFI USB dongle to the back and IT too gets booted off, so I know it must be something with Windows 10 or the BIOS- I simply do not want to dive into it right now. Somewhat off-topic, but related. I wonder why I'm having such a HELLUVA time mapping buttons in MAME. For instance: I simply want to map a "PAUSE" function, so I (right or wrong) hit "TAB" to open the configurator, select the UI option, and then- with some measure of success- I'm able to assign a task to a button. BUT, I simply want to put in a pause function using TWO buttons (to avoid accidental pausing of course) and I cannot get this done. I was able to eventually program the "Player 2" button for pause, but of course that won't work on most games. Can someone speak to what I'm doing wrong please? Thanks James
  2. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    Of course this is not over. I’m back to problems and it may be what was causing this in the first place, and definitely a problem I was having in the past. Both the joy/buttons and trackboaRd USBs are getting booted out of windows 10. They will just randomly disconnect. Now, I haven’t been around to witness it, but I can hear from upstairs that they sometimes reconnect on their own. The only way for me to alleviate this while playing is to pause with the BT keyboard, pull out the TS USBs, re-insert them, and then go back in the MAME. This of course is not workable. After reading, I went into my Win 10 power management area in CP and disabled the “put usbs to sleep” option. Didn’t work. I then went into the device manager and then, individually (per USB port) disallowed Win 10 from disabling the USB’s to save power. Didn’t work. I read that some have seem success by uninstallling their usb drives and then restarting their CPU, but when I go to uninstall them I get concerned because windows “warns” me that I’m going to be uninstalling them. Should I try this or is this a bad idea. ??? I just don’t know what to do. It’s just one thing after the other. I had this problem months ago, simply moved to new usb ports and it went away. Now, again, I’ve done NOTHING and it just pops up again. The damn thing just cannot stay connected, right? so frustrating. It infuriates me that so many others just have this working without all of this BS! Thanks James
  3. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    Plugged it all back in. THE DAMN THING IS WORKING! you cannot make this shtuff up! Unreal- I’m terrified to reinstall everything “nice” again! thanks again so much! James
  4. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    Tried in other computer. works perfectly fine. I’ll try again, but I have already tried 3 different usb ports already! Something with a driver? thanks james
  5. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    I hear ya. Sometimes things just break I suppose. I’m going to try it on my other CPU too and see. I’m just frustrated and overcomplicating this. As we have discussed: it’s a keyboard, forget all else, it should- at the very least- produce characters on regular text fields. BTW: do they have a phone number, lol? They seem to do everything possible to NOT want to address twchnical issues over the phone. thanks again so much- I’m going to plug it into my other cpu now just for laughs. james
  6. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    Yeah, nothing. Again, when I plug in the usb it will make the tone and I don’t get the malfunction message. this shouldn‘t be this difficult, right? With the TS being recognized as a keyboard is there something I need to be doing in LB to have it set up correctly? Hitting “tab” while in GT and trying to set up the TS is absolutely fruitless. All the same- again- clicking on a field in google for instance, tapping on the buttons should yield characters, correct? This, even though there’s another keyboard connecte via bluetooth? maybe it IS the board? It should simply work outside of mame just as everyone has suggested. (?) it’s just crazy that it just completely stopped working out of nowhere. james
  7. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    opened it up- connection definitely wasn't seated well. Plugged it in again, and then re plugged the usb back into the computer- at LEAST it made the "connection sound" and I didn't get the message. BUT, still nothing. Tried another game, fearing I might have messed up the controls for GT...again, nothin. Was going to re-start and see what I get. Thanks James
  8. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    opened it up- connection definitely wasn't seated well. Plugged it in again, and then re plugged the usb back into the computer- at LEAST it made the "connection sound" and I didn't get the message. BUT, still nothing. Tried another game, fearing I might have messed up the controls for GT...again, nothin. Was going to re-start and see what I get. Thanks James
  9. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    checking it now, thanks
  10. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    "the last usb device you plugged in malfunctioned and windows does not recognize it"
  11. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    thanks did that- dloaded their program and tried it. Nuttin
  12. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    I did just see a "failed usb" message on my desktop for the first time. gulp James
  13. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    gotcha- sorry, I didn't realize the "bumper" buttons were separate- I thought that was just the mouse, my apologies! James
  14. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    -by the way: I don't see a single screw anywhere on the tankstick cabinet. not the sides, top or bottom. I'm sure I'm sure there must be something obvious that I'm missing- are they under the rubber feet? I have a sneaky feeling that the controller is ok, unfortunately. thanks James
  15. thejamestownoasis

    X Arcade Tank Stick Was Working Fine, Then...

    so what then are the odds that the side button works but all the others are shot if it/s a bad board? This all just seems so highly coincidental to me. It works perfectly fine, I don't use it for 3 days, and then it just stops working. Again I'm confused as if the side button is "3" how come I do not see a "3" when I hit it when I'm in a text field? This is so depressing for a guy like me, lol. It's so unlike anything else that is "broken". I would pay someone $100 to get this workin in 10 minutes but I cannot even do that, lol. thanks James
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