KB+Mouse, never got a thingy, well, I have/had one, but never got to play a game using it.
Quick question: is your "thingy" by any chance plugged in your computer (regardless if you use it or not)?[*]
Having it plugged in and not calibrated leads quite clearly to what you're describing.
You'd have 3 solutions to get rid of the inconvenience in this case:
1. unplug the thingy (best before you start the game) (as a Linux user you can also unload the joystick module; you might keep a ps3 controller plugged in, for charging, and it maps to the joystick driver as well)
2. calibrate the thingy (which shouldn't make too much sense if you don't want to use it)
3. remove all the controls mapped in the thingy (there is a "Joystick Configuration" option just above the "View Keyboard Configuration" after you click "Game Options...") Select each assigned function in the 3 screens of options and press u to unset.
[*] In case cim's advice regarding mouse control didn't work.
Nope, it's not plugged in, as you might have inferred from my formulation, I barely remember where the rotten thing is.
But this is a laptop with a touchpad, and that
was configured as joystick 1, and apparently somehow throwing my ship into a spin. Treating it to option 3 solved my spinning problem. So I'm currently back in piloting school, losing the bombardment
bit, much to the enjoyment of all the young colleague pilots-in-training and teachers manning the bleachers to see the old guy (me) struggling to get out of the way of two handfuls of asteroids launched into my path.
Never played a FPS, either, by the time Linux got its first FPS, my dexterity was already so much lower than when one is in their teens, that I'd be only a casual victim in any multi-player FPS, and I don't enjoy destruction anyway, I play games like various Civilization, SimCity and Football Manager much more. And even then, mostly solo, I much prefer cooperative play to competetive play. and I appear to be an oddball in that. Oh, and I play MMORPGs, if they have an enjoyable social dimension.
But I'll give that mouse control a seeing to, perhaps that will make some things easier for an older recruit like myself.
Oh, and I wanted to say one more thing about purism: engines running at a fixed speed? In space?? Seriously
??? Whoever wrote Elite clearly failed physics, as evidenced by the aft view at cruising speed.
And by the direction of travel after turning the ship, or coming to a stop after killing the engines, stopping roll/pitch after releasing those controls. Doesn't bother me, but purism my arse!