How to test a game controller on Windows 10

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The usual organisation of control panels is seriously messed up on Windows 10. Where there used to be a control panel for Printers and other devices in Windows 7, which would show any USB game controllers, now the Devices control panel is virtually useless. To get to the Devices and Printers dialog, you have to scroll to the bottom of the Bluetooth and other devices dialog and then click on Devices and printers link under Related settings.

Nice move Micro$oft, adding more clicks to achieve the same thing. What wizards you are!

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APM Power Modules

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This blog leads on from the blogs Flight Controllers, see the section on APM/Additional Required Extras, (in particular Safetly Use CLONE APM Power Modules), as well as Low Voltage Warning for CC3D. There are varying reports that claim that these devices can pass the full battery voltage to the flight controller and fry it, but there are also others that say that this is scaremongering – so who is telling the truth? Also there are cheaper clones versions that lack certain components. This article explores both of these points.

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MKS Base V1.5

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Following on from 3D Printer control boards, the description below is taken from eBay – US MKS Base V1.5 3D Printer Controller Remix Board (Mega2560+Ramps 1.4+5*A4988)

Note that MKS have a bad reputation. From Google Forums – MKS Base 1.5:

And here’s the problem with MKS.  They produce other people’s open source projects.  Generally not adhering to the MKS.  Generally not contributing back to the community. Generally sending their customers to the author of the project they produced for any assistance.  There is a absolute hatred of MKS in the smoothie ecosphere, and I, personally, put them in the same build quality as Geeetech.

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SP3 Racing F3

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I have killed my KK Mini flight controller by powering it up with the polarity reversed, see KK Mini, so I was in the market for another flight controller. I thought about simply replacing the KK Mini with another one, but could I get something better for my money as the KK Mini is rather a noddy affair. I saw the SP3 Racing F3 (also labelled as  the SP Racing F3), and thought that it might be worth taking a look.

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