Thrustmaster Joystick Patch

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Creator Origin Systems Inc.
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Filesize 4 kB


WC3JOY.DLL      Joystick Patch for Thrustmaster FCS (TM) and 100%-
                compatible joysticks (Logitech Wingman Extreme).

(C) 1995, Origin Systems, Inc. 
    Written February, 1995 by Anthony L. Sommers (
    Updated June, 1995 by Anthony L. Sommers

  DISCLAIMER : Origin Systems, Inc. shall not be responsible for the
  usage of this patch, in whole or in part. In no event will Origin
  Systems, Inc. or the author of this patch be liable for any damages
  resulting from the use or misuse of this patch. Use at your own risk.
  The document included with this patch may not be reproduced in any 
  manner without the written consent of the author.


  WC3JOY.DLL is a set of alternate joystick routines used to provide 
  support for Thrustmaster (TM) and 100%-compatible joystick (such as 
  the Logitech Wingman Extreme). Joysticks tested include the
  Thrustmaster FCS, the Thrustmaster FLCS, and the Logitech Wingman

  |                                                                 |
  |  NOTE : THIS PATCH MAY NOT WORK FOR YOU! Machines of different  |
  |  speeds return different joystick values (hence, the need for   |
  |  joystick calibration). During testing of these routines, it    |
  |  appeared that machines that returned high-end values for the   |
  |  right-most and down-most positions (in excess of approximately |
  |  1300) would have trouble looking down and left. If this is     |
  |  what is happening in your case, you may be a prime candidate   |
  |  for a speed-adjustable game card.                              |

Installation of WC3JOY.DLL

  1)    Change to the directory where WC3JOYTM.EXE was extracted.
  2)    Copy the WC3JOY.DLL file to the C:\WC3 directory, i.e. :

            COPY WC3JOY.DLL C:\WC3   [ENTER]

  3)    Make sure your Thrustmaster-compatible joystick is firmly
        attached to the joystick port. 

  4)    Run Wing Commander III. The patch will let you know if it
        detected a Thrustmaster and if it was successfully installed.
  5)    Once you're into the game, your joystick may drift. This is 
        due to the fact that alternate joystick routines are being 
        used rather than the ones used when you initially installed 
        the game. Simply recalibrate by selecting Calibrate Joystick 
        in the Main Terminal, or press [ALT-J] in gameflow or [ALT-C]
        in space flight.

  6)    Once you're in space flight, activate Thrustmaster as the 
        control type in the Spaceflight Options menu [ALT-O]. This 
        will allow you to use all four buttons. That's it! The hat
        and all four buttons work as follows :

        HAT UP          F1 - Front View; Toggle cockpit
        HAT LEFT        F2 - Left  View
        HAT RIGHT       F3 - Right View
        HAT DOWN        F4 - Rear  View

        Thrustmaster Controls
                Trigger                 Fire guns
                Top Thumb Button        Joystick Button 2
                Bottom Thumb Button     Fire Missile
                Pinky Button            "Y" - Lock on closest enemy in 
                                              view and match speed

        Logitech Wingman Extreme Controls
                Trigger                 Fire guns
                Top Thumb Button        Joystick Button 2
                Bottom Thumb Button     "Y" - Lock on closest enemy in 
                                              view and match speed
                Middle Thumb Button     Fire Missile

  7)    Enjoy! :)

Uninstallation of WC3JOY.DLL

  To remove this patch, just type :

        DEL C:\WC3\WC3JOY.DLL   [ENTER]


  *     You MUST have a working Thrustmaster compatible joystick to 
        use this patch. If there is a joystick port conflict, or if 
        the joystick or port is faulty, you may not be able to 
        successfully use this patch.

  *     Tap the hat in the particular direction, don't hold there.

  *     If you try to pause the game with ALT-P, you get left view.
        Simply pause the game with the PAUSE key in the upper-right
        corner of your keyboard.

  *     Check out the WC3 Technical Help File (WC3HELP.TXT) on our
        BBS (512-331-4446) or the Internet ( 

  *     Thanks to Jason Yenawine and James Flores.