Check out the game pre-installing the drivers for the joystick on your PC. Should make sure whether the ability to connect the game itself. To do this, plug the joystick and go to the game. Enter the settings screen, then "control settings". Tick the box or in the list of devices select your device. If the joystick is not working, it for the reliability test it on other games. If the joystick is not working only in one game, then contact support of the developers of the game.
If you don't get from the joystick response test it. In operating systems of family of Windows, open "control Panel" then "Game controller". The status of your joystick should be OK. If the status is not "OK", then make click on the button "Properties" and then click "Check". If the joystick is working properly, then it will vibrate or beep.
In the case where the status of the joystick is "not connected" (faced with this problem when connected to Game port or joystick, just not in this window (joysticks with USB connection), then the cause may be, or a faulty joystick, or software, used Windows.
The joysticks on the Game port. If the status of the joystick is "Not connected", you should make sure that it's connected in a single instance. Check the correct operation of the Game port. "Control panel" - "System" - "device Manager" - "Sound, or "Game controllers "Joystick for game port". If the latter is listed, then the port is operational, if not, contact the technical support of the shop where you bought the computer.
Joysticks with USB port. The USB controllers are automatically added to the list of gaming devices after the connection. If the joystick does not appear in the list, check to see whether his computer. Refer to the device Manager (see above) and verify that the controller is installed correctly in the device list. If not, then turn on the joystick.
Advice 2: Why doesn't the joystick
The joystick is a device that allows more convenient to play some computer games than using the keyboard and mouse. However, sometimes the device refuses to work due to misconfiguration or failure.
Learn the model of your joystick. Common devices for the personal computer are compatible with the Xbox360 console and are not compatible. Even if your controller does not have instructions, just pay attention to how are the sticks – if the right is below the left, so this is one from Microsoft and is supported by personal computers. A model with a different layout of the sticks, most likely produced by other companies and may not be compatible with the PC. If you know the name of the manufacturer, try to explore its official website and know whether work appropriate joystick when connected to the computer, or is it designed solely for consoles.
Make sure you have installed the game supports the use of a joystick as control devices. Usually no problem when installing games marked "Games for Windows". All other programs, especially those that came out a few years ago, may not support modern models of joysticks or be incompatible with them at all.
Install the drivers for your joystick. To do this, click the right mouse button on the icon "My computer" and select "Properties". Open "device Manager" and click the unknown device with an exclamation point. Specify whether to install drivers, for example, with a boot disk or via the Internet. After successful installation of the required services, the device will be identified by the system and will start to work.
Activate the joystick as a means to control the game. This can be done in the settings in the main menu. Select "control Settings" and switch the "Keyboard and mouse" to "Gamepad" or "Joystick". Save the settings and test the system in the game.