MS SideWinder 3D Pro Win9x Drivers

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MS SideWinder 3D Pro Win9x Drivers

Postby akula65 » 2008-2-29 @ 22:54

For years, many Microsoft SideWinder 3D Pro joystick owners have been unable to use their controllers in Win9x systems because the Microsoft driver (SW3DPRO.VXD) does not function properly on systems with FSB speeds of 100 MHz or higher. Microsoft has never provided an effective solution for the problem, and support for all Win9x OSes was terminated years ago. As someone who owns several SideWinder 3D Pro sticks and who still plays games on Win98 SE, I got fed up with not being able to use the sticks to their full potential, so I decided to do something about it.

I have put together a package of SW3DPRO.VXD replacement drivers in which the timing values have been adjusted to permit the drivers to function on a variety of Win9x systems with substantially higher performance than the original Microsoft driver. I have successfully used the drivers to get the SW 3D Pro to work on machines up to a Pentium III 933 MHz CPU with a 133 MHz FSB (the fastest Win9x system available to me), and the drivers will hopefully support much faster systems as well. Note that the drivers will only work on Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows ME. Newer versions of Windows are not supported (sorry).

File info on the ZIP archive ( is as follows:
260320 bytes
md5: 60d5b0496fdf8ee332da0353355d817f
sha1: 0b75dcf6c0066d01fdc0bfab5cb90960c4a90730

Feedback is appreciated, particularly for systems faster than those tested by the author.
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Re: MS SideWinder 3D Pro Win9x Drivers

Postby DosFreak » 2008-3-01 @ 00:07

You should post this over at the MSFN forums too if you haven't already. Should be a big hit.
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Re: MS SideWinder 3D Pro Win9x Drivers

Postby Snover » 2008-3-01 @ 00:12

I'd recommend posting them here directly, for posterity (and also in case you drop off the face of the earth. Hey, it's happened before).
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