Don't need the info on fixing the gamepad now, I am totally used to using the keyboard and mouse (just playing on my laptop).
I am totally addicted to this game.
Found a good guide on the Steam forums, X3 For Dummies
I was playing for a while, but just restarted, selling the scout ship, and just flying around in my transport making profitsss
Must buys for trading are the trading extension, best buy and best selling locators. Once you have those items, you can easily buy and sell in a sector just by pressing the 5 or 6 key, then selecting the best deal, and directly buying or selling.
This is such a good game, and I haven't gotten into combat yet even....