Taranis Can’t Play Simulators – USB and Joystick Option

Are you having trouble connecting your radio to FPV simulators, where it’s not recognized as joystick on your computer? Here is the quick fix.

This solution applies to all radios running the latest OpenTX firmware (newer than version 2.2), such as the Taranix X9D, QX7, Xlite, Horus X10, and Flysky Nirvana

Selecting Joystick in USB Option

All you have to do, is go to “Radio Setup” page, scroll down to the option “USB Mode“, and select “Joystick“. It was probably on the wrong option, “Storage”, that’s why every time you plug in your radio’s USB, it’s showing as a drive instead of joystick on your computer.

What you can do is, create a new model just for simulators (name it “Simulator”), and set the USB option to Joystick. If you want to access the SD card inside the Taranis via USB, without going into bootloader mode, you can leave USB option as “mass storage” in a different model.

You can also set it to “Ask”, so it prompts you when you connect the USB. But it doesn’t always work for me for some reasons.

Why Is This Suddenly a Problem?

A lot of people are having this problem only after they updated the OpenTX firmware, or recently bought the Taranis. This is because they are unaware of the new “USB Mode” option.

Before OpenTX 2.2, there wasn’t an option in the menu to choose between “mass storage” or “joystick”. Back then, you had to make the decision when flashing OpenTX firmware, “massstorage” was a build option.

We recommended to leave it unchecked so our radio always showed up as joystick when we connect it to the computer, and so it was never a problem. But of course, if we wanted to change it to mass storage, we would have to re-flash the firmware. Quite annoying really.

It’s really great to finally have this option in the menu. But that also confuses many people due to the large amount of outdated info out there. I hope this clears things up!

16 thoughts on “Taranis Can’t Play Simulators – USB and Joystick Option

  1. Aleksei Loginov

    If you can’t roll back driver bacause your connecting radio first time, download drivers from taranis and manually install user input device. open-tx.org/2013/07/18/taranis-windows-usb-driver-for-manual-installation

  2. Dave evans

    Had the same trouble while trying to use drone simulator. I found that rolling back the driver for my xlite made windows 10 recognise it.

  3. Antonio Avella

    Hey guys
    I have had this issue and came across this. This didn´t work, here is the video that helped me fix the
    driver of Windows. The mentioned steps above are not working with the new win update. It took me a couple of
    hours to find out, finally found this:

  4. Wilorakm

    Yesterday (9th September 2019) Microsoft released through windows update a libusb-win32 update – this has broken all joystick connectivity for FrSky and Jumper TX transmitters. This video is how you fix it and restore the old driver. If the roll back doesn’t work then our solution document on our portal shows how to fix this using update instead …

    see here: youtube.com/watch?v=SDnRSL3rDwM

  5. Iker

    I’m having the same issue as Badr: a couple of days ago I was using my Taranis QX7S without issues, and now Windows does not even seem to recognize it. My radio settings were always ‘USB’, and I haven’t updated the tx or changed the settings.

  6. Badr

    I have the very same problem as Mike!
    And it just happened dew days ago !!
    Last weekend I was flying with velocidrone no problems !!
    Is it a windows update or something?

  7. Mike

    My tx is asking and I select Joystick.. I got a new computer, loaded Velocidrone on it and the first time I booted Velocidrone, it saw the joystick but then immediately quit working and I’ve been looking for a fix.

    It saw the joystick in devices the first time I looked, but now it’s defaulting to an unspecified device and not longer recognizing it as a joystick.

    Any ideas?

  8. Hans Samalvides

    Thanks so much Oscar,
    I was trying to make it work and could not find the solution until i look at your post.
    Thanks so much

  9. Clifton Hipsher

    If you want to fly sims with a Taranis, get a FrSky XSR Sim USB Dongle alofthobbies.com/frsky-xsr-sim.html

  10. MKS

    @Sam: That’s also how I know it.
    I just checked, the selection menu when connecting USB was introduced with OpenTX 2.2.1, which was released Dec-2017…


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