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TrackMania Canyon likes X-BOX 360 controller

I a recent post I whined about problems with TrackMania Canyon and a Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick. Meanwhile a bought an X-BOX-360-controller (just the simple, wired one) - and this works perfectly well.

What makes me wonder is the CD that comes with it "Xbox 360 Accessories 1.2". Don't get me wrong, just plug in the controller and all is set and done, works without any driver installation, update or whatever. Nevertheless we have this CD, and the curious mind wants to know... Well, it installs about 100MB to your hard-disk, but after a while playing around with it I was unable to find any useful feature.

TrackMania does not like Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick

Recently, I bought a copy of TrackMania2 Canyon - a racing game I like very much. However - at seemingly random occasions the game just froze. The whole application just froze and I could do nothing but kill the app in taskmanager. I fiddled with all the available options to no avail. After quite some time I realized that the problem only occured when I used my good old Sidewinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick. If I play the game with just the keyboard or with a gamepad I happened to have lying around - all is fine. Well, of course this device is a bit outdated and is discontinued - but works still perfectly and I like it very much. I have no idea what the problem is or what to do about it. I could not find any updated drivers or something so far. Should I buy a different controller or is there some solution for this problem?