Posted 17 July 2005 - 10:49 PM
Just to interject my two cents here..have you checked your device manager to see if there are any problems indicated? If you right click on My Computer, then select properties>Hardware>Device Manager, you will be able to see if there are any yellow exclamation points or red x's beside any of your devices. If there are, that might help you narrow down your issue.
Also, if you can get the error message exactly as it is written, you can search Microsoft's database for similar issues, or other users that may be having the same problems.
EDIT: I have used SideWinder for years, and seem to recall having some kind of driver conflict initially which was corrected with updated software, but that has been quite a long time ago.