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Repairing roller controller buttons?


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#1 eatenbygrues OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:17 AM

So I recently acquired a roller controller in pretty bad shape (it was filthy), anyway I got it all cleaned up and amazingly the optical sensors still work fine, the buttons on the other hand do not. I managed to open the buttons (you can remove the black piece by snapping it out of the top) and found that all they are is little grey rubber contact buttons (like you would find in say a SNES controller). It looked like the rubber domes had become worn/brittle with time, two of them were torn. 

 

1. Does anyone know of a replacement for the button contacts? (the grey rubber piece) 

 

2. Does anyone know of a complete replacement for the switch? (as in de-soldering the old switch, putting a new one in). 

 

(I can post pictures if needed)


Edited by eatenbygrues, Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:18 AM.


#2 eatenbygrues OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:44 PM

Ok so I managed to get it working again, but I think we will eventually need to source some replacement contacts for these things because they aren't going to last forever. What ended up working for me:

 

  1. I removed the black cover of each switch and sort of 'massaged' them back into the correct position. I left it like this for about 2 days, and the rubber button contacts took their original shape. I'm not sure if it was moisture or what the deal was exactly.
  2. I also noticed that the solder joints on a few of them had become broken, so I had to reflow those joints.

So all four buttons work, but with the 'bottom' two I get a nice tactile response. The top two buttons work fine in that they register presses but they don't 'bounce back' like you would expect. 


Edited by eatenbygrues, Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:45 PM.





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