Well. This problem has now been solved. The problem lay in the fact that the gear bindings had been deleted (by one of the recent updates I assume). I had to manually map each gear on the Input Bindings tab and now its working fine. I don't remember ever having to do that when I got the G29 and its very strange that the bindings randomly got nuked. Anyway, we're back in business. @PJTierney thanks for assisting.