Post Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:28 pm

Chinese MAME Joystick Repair

I recently ordered a NYGACN brand joystick to use with MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator).

I went the cheap route as proper sticks are £80+ and I don't really want to invest that much into one. Naturally though, when going cheap, especially chinese... These things have a habit of dying. It arrived and as soon as i put it in it was cutting out so I investigated...

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Upon inspection... absolutely awful soldering and what appeared to be solder bridged between the pads in various spots.

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I cleaned this all up.

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I also cleaned the other points up even though they didn't look as bad i still thought it was wise.

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I also added fresh solder to all the points on the joystick.

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After all this and putting it back together, it worked flawlessly!

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Good times!