Right, so I chipped away at all of the other HID listings that did not appear to be needed. All devices appeared to be working correctly, and the list was managable.
Then of course, I re-booted....
Anything in the jpeg you see, that isn't marked by me, was NOT there prior to the re-boot. So all of the unmarked just came back. All devices were plugged in prior to, and during, the boot sequence. Nothing had physically changed on my end.
I suppose I should give some real world examples, as to why this is driving me buggy.
Dark Souls (a game), will not allow me to use the xbox controller, unless the Nostromo is fully disabled, or the software is uninstalled. Unplugging it and rebooting is not good enough.
Planetside 2 (also a game), will automatically crash after launch, if both the trackpad and mouse are connected during boot up. Unplugging or turning off the trackpad after boot up will not fix the issue. Fully disabling it does.
The problem is trying to sort out all of the crap that needs to be disabled, each and every time, and then remembering to enable it all afterwards. It's especially bad because a lot of my HID list isn't labeled properly, so it's not as simple as just hopping in there and doing it manually.
Apparently some games have issues with the idea of two controllers being installed at once, or two mice, for that matter.
I was really hoping someone would know of some software that might let you select which peripherals you want enabled, and it would automatically disable all the others. If it could then re-enable all of them with a simple click, that would be fine too.
Honestly, if I even could sort out a batch file to do it all, that would be clumsy but just fine by me.
Well I'm off to unplug a bunch of things, and reboot, so that I can mess around in PS2.
If anyone has more thoughts, I'd greatly appreciate it!
Edited by bladebarrier, 19 December 2012 - 20:54.