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Troubleshooting guide/Input problems

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Controller problems

Controller not detected

For Windows, many games only support XInput controllers (see XInput wrappers for workarounds).
For Windows, some non-controller devices show up as controllers, e.g. certain Razer products. Open the Device Manager, expand Human Interface Devices, and disable the "HID-compliant game controller" entry for that device.[1]

Constant movement or spinning

For games using DOSBox, edit the DOSBox configuration file and change timed=true to timed=false (if it is already set to this, try timed=true instead).
If you wish to disable certain games from using devices, without unplugging them or otherwise removing them, utilise the devreorder utility to blacklist them from each game.

Button prompts are wrong

Button prompts may require additional steps even if the game supports prompts for that controller type. Some games only show generic numbers or keyboard keys when using a controller. Refer to the individual game pages for game-specific solutions.

Controller loses Bluetooth connectivity mid-game

Some controllers--notably the wireless Microsoft Xbox controllers--are associated with Bluetooth connectivity issues on Windows systems. The following fixes have been helpful to various users:

Update the controller firmware, Bluetooth drivers on your computer and the Windows installation itself.
Disable power-saving options for the controller. Go to start, search and open the Device Manager. Then under Human Interface Devices, right-click on the controller device (e.g., Bluetooth LE XINPUT compatible input device for the Xbox controller) and selection Properties. Under the Power Management tab, uncheck the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power option.
Repeat the above process for the Bluetooth adapter itself by going into Device Manager, opening the Bluetooth group and selecting Inter(R) Wireless Bluetooth(R) or whichever happens to correspond to your Bluetooth adapter. Disable power-savings as in the preceding bullet point.
On Windows 11: go to Bluetooth settings and select the More Bluetooth settings option towards the bottom of the window. Uncheck Alert me when a new Bluetooth device wants to connect.
Purchase a third-party USB Bluetooth adapter and attempt connecting through that adapter instead of your on-board Bluetooth device. This is the last resort solution and not recommended until all alternative solutions have been attempted.

Reboot the computer after changing any of the above.

Mouse problems

Windows 8.1 and later

Remapping problems

Can't change bindings or bindings lost on game restart

Many older Windows games (released around 2006 or earlier) require the Microsoft DirectInput Mapper which is not included with Vista due to IDirectInput8::ConfigureDevices being deprecated.[4] Download it manually to fix the error.