Well, after sitting in its package for the past two weeks I went ahead and opened my RMA'd HOTAS Warthog stick and plugged it in tonight. I did a clean install of the drivers and plugged in the stick and it detected it fine and everything looked fine in the Devices and Printers tab. Fired up DCS A-10C - no stick input. Exited the program and looked under Devices and Printers it had disappeared. Uninstalled drivers, reinstalled drivers, no help. Did the load with Bootloader method and it shows the firmware already up to date. Rebooted and the stick shows up in Devices and Printers, but has no functionality.
Just to make sure, I did a complete install on a second computer - same thing. Stick doesn't work. After hours of messing with it for hours I've gotten it to the point where I can plug the stick in and it is recognized. It shows up in Devices and Printers (sometimes) and when I test it it works for several seconds, then goes dead. I think something is wrong somewhere in the stick. Apparently TM is plugging it in and testing it and seeing it work, but aren't doing any extended testing. I just plugged it it now and it took 60 seconds before it showed in the Devices and Printers tab. Then it quits working if I move it around. Unplug it, plug it back in - doesn't show up in Devices and Printers. I'm convinced something is very wrong within this stick and TM is simply not testing it enough before sending it back.
The throttle works fine and always has.
At this point - I've invested the initial purchase price of the stick $372.00 + $25 to send the bottom part of the stick + $25 to send the top part of the stick = $422 for a HOTAS that hasn't worked since November 2012 (and only worked for 30 days after purchasing). I'll have to spend another $25 to send it back to them which will now bring the total up to $447. I will tell them they can either refund me all of my money, or send a completely new stick. I don't have the time or energy for this run-around, run-around. I can't express how disappointed I am (though I certainly will continue to try) that my first high dollar HOTAS purchase has been such a flop.
Back to the trusty X-52 Pro for another RMA period.