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Testing and Troubleshooting

With everything connected, you should plug the arcade stick into your PC and use this tool to test all your buttons and stick.

It's an HTML Game Pad Tester

With each button press you will see a box light up indicating function on that button.

Single Button Triggers Two Actions

If a single button press causes two triggers to appear, look at which button you pressed, take the bottom off the button side, examine the wires you soldered in place, on both sides to find out where you have a wire crossed.

You can test this with a multimeter using the continuity setting on your multimeter, or resistance if you do not have continuity.

Start with touching one lead (either color) to Pin 1 and the other lead to Pin 2.

If you show no resistance or hear no beep, touch one lead to Pin 2 and the second to Pin 3, and moving down the line.

This is how you can find if any wires are connecting on the green side (silk screen side) or bridged connnections solder side.

If you show resistance or hear a beep between two pins, one of those wires will need to be desoldered, inspected (any strands of wire poking out that may touch other wires) and resolder the wires. 

Preform this test again.

Button Not Working

If you have a button that simply does not show up on the game pad tester, you have a broken connection somewhere.

This will also be easy to find. And fix.

Test the button 

Same way you would test to see if two pins were touching, you need to do that on the button that was not showing on the HTML Gamepad Tester.

You will take one lead of the multimeter and touch it to one of the terminals on the push button, touch the other multimeter lead to the other terminal on the push button, and press the push button (this will make contact between the two connections).

If you show no resistance or do not hear a beep for contunity (make sure you are pressing the button when testing), you have a faulghty push button.

Test the connection between the button and the connector board

Take one lead of your multimeter to the colored wire side of the button terminal, then the other lead to the corrisponding location on the connector PCB. If you hear a beep or show resistance, there is no break in connection between your button and wire.

Do the same for your ground wire to Pin 9

If you have no resistance showing or hear no beep for contunitity, there is a break somewhere in your wire, and the wire should be replaced. 

Inspect the ribbon cable

If you show connection between both terminals on the push button when pressing down, and show connection between both your colored wire and ground wire to the connector PCB you're next problem may lie in the ribbon cable that attaches the connector PCB to the USB PCB

This can be checked with a visual inspection first.

There is a low chance this will happen, however it's not impossible!

Check to see if either of the points in red are broken away. The most possible place would be where the ribbon cable is attached to the board with the black connector (that your button panel plugs into).

If you have a break, you have two options to repair this.

You can simply press the ribbon cable back down, apply solder to the tip of your iron and gently touch the two broken points to rejoin them.

You can also, if your comfortable, remove the board where the break has occured and desolder the broken wire, PCB side. Then you can seperate the broken wire from the ribbon, strip the wire back till enough is exposed to feed back through the hole on the board.

Then resolder in place.



0 #3 Esperanza 2017-05-15 23:27
Precisely what I was looking for, thanks for posting.
0 #2 SGESagat 2017-04-03 15:44
Same issue as the other person whom commented. Thanks.
0 #1 nebreus 2017-01-14 00:42
every post i saw trying to find out about this was impossible to follow n no pics this is good just signed up to say thanks

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