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Sidewinder Pro USB Support in Windows 7 XP Mode

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  • I'm not going to type much here, but will this work?  It seems like it should be an easy conversion, but alas, it shows up nowhere in the Virtual machine and installs into Win7 RC1 flawlessly.  Please help!

    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 1:04 AM

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  • HID USB devices are not supported by Virtual PC in a virtual machine. Virtual PC will not list them for redirection. To confirm this can you run the following commands and share the data:

    1. Run the tool usbview.exe. Usb view comes with windows DDK. You can search it and directly get the executable too.
    2. Make sure the Sidewinder device is attached to the Win7 host machine.
    3. Fromt he Options menu item (of usb view) check the 'Config descriptors' item.
    4. Refresh the view (F5 or from menu).
    5. Select the Sidewinder Pro device in the left pane.
    6. Send the complete screen shot of the device details from the right pane.

    On the host machine, from the command line run the following command from the elevated prompt:
    1. logman start trace Vpcrpm -ets -o Vpcrpm.etl -nb 16 256 -bs 64 -max 256 -f bincirc -p  {F9CE3A24-8E6A-453E-A1F8-1B8F2A31BD7E} 0xffff 5
    2. Click on the USB menu item (for a virtual machine). Sidewinder Pro device won't get listed.
    3. logman update /fd Vpcrpm –ets (Running this command is optional)
    4. logman stop Vpcrpm -ets
    5. Share the Vpcrpm.etl file present in the current directory.

    You can mail the screen shots and the vpcrpm.etl log file to wcvdata@microsoft.com. Please mention the Win7 and virtual pc build you are on. Also mention the thread id for the discussion and your user name and mail id.

    Regards,
    Devdeep

    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 4:47 AM
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  • Does this show up under USB menu when you start the VM? You need to attach it to the VM.
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    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 4:42 AM
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  • HID USB devices are not supported by Virtual PC in a virtual machine. Virtual PC will not list them for redirection. To confirm this can you run the following commands and share the data:

    1. Run the tool usbview.exe. Usb view comes with windows DDK. You can search it and directly get the executable too.
    2. Make sure the Sidewinder device is attached to the Win7 host machine.
    3. Fromt he Options menu item (of usb view) check the 'Config descriptors' item.
    4. Refresh the view (F5 or from menu).
    5. Select the Sidewinder Pro device in the left pane.
    6. Send the complete screen shot of the device details from the right pane.

    On the host machine, from the command line run the following command from the elevated prompt:
    1. logman start trace Vpcrpm -ets -o Vpcrpm.etl -nb 16 256 -bs 64 -max 256 -f bincirc -p  {F9CE3A24-8E6A-453E-A1F8-1B8F2A31BD7E} 0xffff 5
    2. Click on the USB menu item (for a virtual machine). Sidewinder Pro device won't get listed.
    3. logman update /fd Vpcrpm –ets (Running this command is optional)
    4. logman stop Vpcrpm -ets
    5. Share the Vpcrpm.etl file present in the current directory.

    You can mail the screen shots and the vpcrpm.etl log file to wcvdata@microsoft.com. Please mention the Win7 and virtual pc build you are on. Also mention the thread id for the discussion and your user name and mail id.

    Regards,
    Devdeep

    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 4:47 AM
    Moderator
  • I have sent the info.  Thank you for your help.  My client will be very pleased!
    Tuesday, August 11, 2009 4:52 PM
  • Thanks for sharing the data. The logs confirm that Virtual PC is not listing the device (for redirection to a virtual machine) because it is a HID class device.

    Regards,
    Devdeep
    Wednesday, August 12, 2009 4:20 AM
    Moderator
  • Understood.  Is there no plans to have the Virtual PC support HID devices?

    Thursday, August 13, 2009 5:23 PM
  • This is the one reason we use VirtualBox or VMWare for some projects.
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009 1:26 PM