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How do I determine what model controller I have?

Over the years since we began building TSW controllers there have been a number of changes both mechanically and electronically.  When ordering from our site, it's important that you be able to identify the specifics of your controller so that we can be sure of getting you the right parts for your exact model.  If you are the original owner, we should have the records from any purchases you've made, or upgrades you or we have performed, but it is still important that you provide us with all the info you can when you place the order on our site.  This guide is intended to help you identify your controller so that you can make the correct choice from the list of options when specifying the controller type while ordering parts.

TSW or TSW2?

The TSW2 model was designed to be a more affordable and faster-to-build controller.  You can identify the TSW2 quite easily simply by looking at the construction of the steering controller base.  All TSW2 models were built using 3/4" particle board.  The wood base is quite distinctive and should be easy to see by looking at the underside of the controller.  This is not to be confused with some early TSW models which have a 1/4" board fastened to the underside of the steel frame.


Gameport or USB?

USB controllers are plug and play, meaning you plug them in and the controller is automatically identified in the game controller app.  The cable is small and rectangular in shape.   A gameport controller plugs directly into the PC with a 15 pin cable, and it requires that you add the controller manually in the game controllers app.


Rockfire USB Adapter?

When the gameport began to become obsolete, we offered an adapter to convert the standard gameport controller to USB.  This adapter requires specific potentiometers to work properly, so its important that you determine if your controller is using this device.  It is a small blue/green rectangular box that connects between your controller and the USB port on your PC.  In your game controllers app it will be identified as a 4-axis, 4-button joystick if it's set correctly to mode 3 on the selector switch.  Further complicating the identification with the rockfire adapter is the fact that by itself it will only work well with DK pots.  However, we were able to make it work with the long life SPEC Pots (later replaced by the ETI pots) using a converter.  This converter can either be an external pass-through cable with a black box built into it, or as an internally wired terminal block.  Make sure you have this converter installed if you plan to order ETI pots for a controller using the rockfire adapter. 


8-bit USB or 10-bit USB?

USB controllers are automatically detected by your PC when you plug them in, and you can go to the windows game controllers app in the control panel to see what the computer has identified it as.  An 8-bit controller will be listed simply as a TSW, regardless of whether it is in fact a TSW2 or a TSW model.  The more accurate 10-bit controllers will be listed as a TSW Evolution Analog, though in fact it may be a TSW or TSW2 which has been upgraded with the 10-bit circuit board.


Controller Generations:

Below we've broken down the physical features that most clearly describe each controller generation.  You should not need to refer to this when ordering potentiometers, the section above will be sufficient, but when ordering other parts you may need to select the appropriate controller version, and the list below should help you with this.  If you have trouble determining the exact version, simply use the one that fits the closest, we will use our database information to further clarify, and contact you if we feel there is any need.


Original TSW:
-Roller Type Pedals
-No Pedal Cover
-Plastic Steering Wheel
-Soldered wiring
-Gameport
-No DIY add-ons for this controller

2nd Gen TSW:
-Roller Type Pedals or Rectangular Pads
-Pedal cover with 2 horizontal grooves in heel rest
-Molex Plug-in wiring
-Black Spoke Grant 11" wheel or Suede
-Gameport
-No Clutch Kit add-on for this controller

3rd Gen TSW:
-Rectangular Pedal Pads
-Pedal cover with grid pattern in heel rest
-2 bolts visible on underside of pedal controller
-Molex Plug-in wiring
-Gameport
-Black Spoke Grant Wheel, 13" or 15" wheel, or Suede

USB TSW:

-Rectangular Pedal Pads
-Grid pattern in pedal cover
-2 bolts visible on underside of pedal controller
-Terminal Block wiring
-Circuit board inside steering controller
-USB cable

TSW Evolution:
-Rectangular Pedal Pads
-Grid pattern in pedal cover
-5 bolts visible on underside of pedal controller
-Terminal Block wiring
-Circuit board inside steering controller
-USB cable


Original TSW2:
-Particle Board Steering Base
-Soldered Wiring
-Black Spoke Grant steering wheel
-7 Bolts visible on underside of pedal controller
-Gameport cable
-No DIY add-ons for this controller

2nd Gen TSW2:
-Particle Board steering base
-Terminal block wiring
-Black Spoke Grant steering wheel
-7 Bolts visible on underside of pedal controller
-Gameport cable
-No Clutch Kit add-on for this controller

3rd Gen TSW2:
-Particle Board steering base
-Terminal block wiring
-2 bolts visible on underside of pedal controller
-Gameport cable

USB TSW2:
-Particle Board steering base
-Terminal block wiring
-2 bolts visible on underside of pedal controller
-USB cable

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