Wingman Formula Force GP

racing wheel

crappy image of the dusty racing wheel from above.

That's right people, I've got this baby from 2000. And recently I acquired Dirt Rally, so I wanted to give it a spin again.

I suck at Dirt Rally, the wheel probably isn't the best, it feels awkward to switch your feet from one pedal to the other, but I had a lot of fun.

How to get it working on Ubuntu

I wanted to see if I could get this working on Ubuntu 18.04. And well, I think it works out of the box. This surprised me, since on Windows 7 it sucks: first I had to find the ancient drivers. After that I installed it and force feedback works. Until you reboot it, then you need to uninstall and reinstall it again. Sigh.

On Ubuntu Linux however, it should work out of the box. To configure it in Dirt Rally, go from the Main Menu to Options. Then Controls. Select "steer left" and steer your wheel to the left. And then do the same for "steer right" and "accelerate" and such. Make sure it doesn't see it as a thumbstick(like the ones on PS/xbox). You'll have to try a few times, what helps is to do it quickly and make a far travel with the wheel. It'll pop up as (invert) X-axis or such. Also, make sure you start the game from now on with the wheel centered in the middle position!

May there be problems, before I tested this I did the following in the shell:

sudo apt install joystick inputattach

This'll test your input. It should show up when you run it, remember the eventxxx if you also want to test force feedback. If it doesn't show up, something is wrong. If it doesn't show up in lsusb the operating system doesn't detect it.

ffcfstress -f 0.7 -s 0.7 -d /dev/input/eventxxx

This will test the force feedback. It should move back and forth. Make sure you have the power adapter plugged in.

That's all. I don't know why I wrote this article. Have a nice race!