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#1 Inky OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:53 PM

Not sure where else to post this, so I'l put it here...

I have a Sega Saturn that was given to me. No controllers, cables, games, anything.  I've been trying to get it working to no avail.  I have an AV cable and a power cord and a controller.  When I power the device on, the left direction on the controller doesn't work. I've replaced the carbon pads inside, as well as the controller board in the Saturn to no avail.  I don't have any other accessories.Any ideas?



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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:30 AM

Any chance there's a problem with the plastic D-pad part? Does the controller work on another Saturn? If so, that would seemingly narrow the issue down to the controller port.

 

Quick fix is a replacement: https://www.ebay.com...AN/143073309360

 

But you could probably first inspect the board and make sure that there aren't any cold/cracked solder joints and maybe resurrect it quickly. 



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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:42 AM

Any chance there's a problem with the plastic D-pad part? Does the controller work on another Saturn? If so, that would seemingly narrow the issue down to the controller port.

 

Quick fix is a replacement: https://www.ebay.com...AN/143073309360

 

But you could probably first inspect the board and make sure that there aren't any cold/cracked solder joints and maybe resurrect it quickly. 

 

I've replaced that board. I currently don't know of any other Saturn owners in my area, to where I can do more testing.

Ironically, that Ebay auction you linked to is where I bought my board from.



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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:46 AM

 

I've replaced that board. I currently don't know of any other Saturn owners in my area, to where I can do more testing.

Ironically, that Ebay auction you linked to is where I bought my board from.

OK I misunderstood. I thought you replaced the innards of the controller.

 

edit: and in that case, another controller looks like the only viable test.


Edited by derFunkenstein, Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:53 AM.


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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:26 AM

Can I control the system functions if I plug the controller into the second port?



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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:22 PM

Can I control the system functions if I plug the controller into the second port?

 

I just tried it on my US model 2 and it works fine with port 2. I can press Start at the boot screen and if there's no disc in it'll take me to the player. All functions work as expected through controller port 2.



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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:09 PM

OK.  I just tried my controller in port 2, and still no left movement.

This is weird, because I swore that when I tested it at MGC last year that it didn't matter which controller was being used, it still wouldn't move to the left.

I have another controller on the way.



#8 DragonGrafx-16 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:13 PM

Buy another controller and move on. There's even going to be some brand new ones soon.



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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:27 PM

tried cleaning the connector (controller and console end)?



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Posted Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:28 AM

tried cleaning the connector (controller and console end)?

 

I agree with this. Definitely try cleaning the board. I had two SNES controllers where the Start button barely worked, I really had to jam on it. Took them apart and there was some sort of dark substance on them. Took a toothbrush to it and cleaned it up with some Isopropyl alcohol and it worked good as new. 



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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2019 10:41 PM

I used contact cleaner inside the controller and in the Saturn..  Didn't think about the connector...







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