With the PC version of SF4 coming out, there’s been a lot of talk regarding TE/SE compatibility. Here’s my experience with hooking both my SE and TE sticks up to my Macbook Pro (Non-Unibody).
After installing Windows XP w/ SP3 onto my Macbook Pro via Bootcamp and installing the necessary drivers needed for the system to work properly, I plugged my SE 360 stick into the port nearest the MagSafe adapter. The computer automatically recognized that it was the fight stick but it would not work with SF4.
So I wen’t on MadCatz website and followed a link to install drivers for the Xbox 360 controllers. After installing the controller drivers, the SE stick was fully recognized and working like it was supposed to. Portable SF4 FTW!
After a few hours of playing, I shut my computer down and rebooted into Mac OSX and did my thing. Wanting to play SF again, I booted back into Windows and plugged my SE stick into the same slot. This time, the computer recognized the stick but wasn’t able to power it. I plugged the stick into the other USB port on my Macbook Pro and it worked like a charm. Yet, from there on I was unable to get my stick working on the original port next to the MagSafe adapter. I checked out the device manager and it said something to the sort of “Device is recognized but is not turned on.”
So I went and got my TE stick, plugged it in, same issue. I booted back into OS X and opened up my system profiler and checked out the USB tree with the stick plugged into the port nearest the MagSafe adapter. Sure enough, it shows up and is listed. I plugged it into the other USB port and got the same result. So the computer sees it on both ports, but doesn’t give it enough power on the MagSafe USB side.
The I noticed something in the USB tree. The USB port on the MagSafe side also powered and provided connection to the built in bluetooth adapter. So I booted back into Windows XP, opened the device manager and disabled the bluetooth adapters and turned off “discovering” in the bluetooth control panel.
Plugged in my SE stick hoping for the best and WALAH! It detected it and worked flawlessly in SF4.
So to summarize, if you’re having issues with the USB port next to the MagSafe adapter follow these steps:
1 - Right Click on My Computer and open the "Properties"
2 - Click on the “Hardware” tab then click on "Device Manager"
3 - Locate the Bluetooth Adapter at the top of the list and disable any devices located under it
Not sure if everyone has this issue, but it’s definitely a fix. I’ll try to get some screen shots up of each window if people really need em.
P.S. If you’re wondering how SF4 is running on my computer, here are the specs:
Macbook Pro 2.4gHz Intel Dual Core
nVidia 8600M GT 256mb with latest drivers from nVidia installed
Running SF4 at a constant 60-65FPS
FPS display: ON
Full Screen: On
Display Resolution: 1024 x 768
Refresh Rate: 60
Frame Rate: Variable
Aspect Correction: Auto
Parallel Rendering: On
Texture Filter: Default
Model Quality: Mid
BG Quality: High
Soft Shadow: Off
Motion Blurr: Off
Extra Touch: Off
I could increase the resolution, but the character intros and cinematics start to slow down and the Ultras during gameplay drop in frame rate as well.