I too had a totally disastrous experience with Logitech joysticks. I have an Acer Aspire 5310 Notebook running Vista Home Basic, 1.6Mhz, 1.5Gb RAM, and I first tried an Attack 3 stick which just wouldn't work at all in my favourite sim, Microsoft Combat Flight Sim 1. It worked in Rowan's Battle of Britain and MSCFS 3, but I prefer MSCFS 1, so back to the store I went.
I then tried an Extreme 3D Pro; impressive name, less than impressive performance. Didn't work at all in MSCFS 1, and in Rowan's BoB some of the control assignments were screwed up and unchangeable.
So, my question is: Does anyone know of a stick that will function properly with my system?