4-button gamepad

Category: Other
Manufacturer: Aztech Systems
Caution Level: Safe
Download File Size: 206.7 KB
Operating System: Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows XP
Latest Version / Release Date: 5.00.2184.1 / 11/18/1999

Windows device driver information for 4-button gamepad

A gamepad is essentially a handheld analog input device used mainly with computer games. The action buttons provide directionality and control within the gaming environment. This device normally plugs into the game port of the host computer and requires the installation of the appropriate hardware driver to activate its feature sets. The device driver dictates to the underlying operating system that the presence of the hardware can be calibrated and tapped by various software applications. The device driver allows the computer user to calibrate the functionality of the device by using either the game controller applet of the operating system or from the configuration menu of the software application. Installation of the device driver will also update key values in the Windows Registry to accurately define its settings and format. When using the drivers provided by the operating system, the hardware will be identified as a generic analog Human Interface Device.

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The 4-button gamepad functions similar to that of the mouse pointing device. The difference is that this hardware is designed primarily for enhancement of the gaming experience. Calibration is normally undertaken to provide a more realistic response from the game character when the computer user activates any of the buttons on the gamepad. Since the gameport of the host computer system is normally incorporated into the sound card, it is possible that the device driver for the 4-button gamepad may also interact with the device driver for the sound card installed in the machine. The device driver allows the software application to correctly interpret the buttons pressed by the computer user. This is similar to what a keyboard layout file does when a key is pressed on the device. By using the manufacturer supplied device driver the computer user gains extended access to the feature sets of the hardware. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and 4-button gamepad errors before installing any driver updates.