I am having the same problem with my old Microsoft SideWinder Precision Pro. When I first loaded the game, it ran with no problems. Today, I ran the game for a while, then logged out. When I logged back into the game, it won't see the joystick. I'm running Win Vista Home Pro, too. The computer sees the joystick fine. I've rebooted, unininstalled and reinstalled the game. I'm open to suggestions.