Turbografx 16 Controller Repair

Turbografx 16 Controller Repair

Here’s a quick and simple repair for those of you that find your Turbografx 16 or PCEngine controllers to be worn out or too stiff.

I have found over the last while that the d-pads and buttons are extraordinarily stiff on most TG16 controllers I’ve used. I’ve had a NES controller like that too. They become really painful on the thumbs after playing for a few minutes. I’m not sure if this is the same with all TG16 controllers, or I’ve just got unlucky with stiff ones.

Turns out the NES silicone pads fit almost perfectly into the TG16 controllers, so you can swap some official NES ones in, or if you don’t feel like modifying authentic NES pads, just pick some up cheap replacements on eBay.

I bought some for $1 a set, with free shipping.

The TG16 dpad silicone is split into two pieces from the factory, but is almost exactly the same as the NES one.

Replacement NES silicone on top of the TG16 silicone
TG16 silicone on top, and a good demonstration of the modification you need to do. Two tiny cuts with an exacto knife around the hole, and it fits perfectly.
The buttons side by side. These are a drop-in replacement, without modification.
All back together and feeling much nicer!

I hope this helps! This is the ebay ad I bought the pads from, and I am very satisfied with them.

Good luck!

Xbox One Controller Analog Thumbstick Repair

Xbox One Controller Analog Thumbstick Repair

I recently picked up an Xbox One controller in the box for $10, from a local buy-n-sell website. It had a broken analog thumbstick, and I wanted to see if I could repair it.

I then did a little research and found out that all the analog sticks in the xbone controllers are ALPS brand, and can be ordered really cheap on eBay. A month later, and I’m ready to begin my repair.

Tearing down these controllers can be a little bit of a pain in the ass, as there are no screws holding the outside case together. The kit I bought comes with an extremely cheap spudger tool that will likely break before you’re done with the repair. I managed to pry open the bottom covers and get the thing apart, which is only difficult the first time you do it. Once you know how it works, it’s fairly easy.

Comparing the two parts, you can see that they are almost identical. The main difference being that the ones I bought are slightly different on the bottom, which makes them sit up higher on the PCB, ever so slightly. As far as I can tell, these are genuine ALPS parts, and there’s no real indication that would tell me otherwise. Only time will tell if that’s the case or not, tested though lots of hours in Rocket League.

As mentioned above, the difference in the switches is little round nubbies that stick out from the bottom on the ones I bought. My solution to make sure they sit the same on the PCB was to use my soldering iron to melt the little buggers off. It was a quick and easy fix, and I was happy with how they installed. Once it’s soldered in place, it won’t be going anywhere.

As I don’t have an expensive electric solder sucker, pulling off the original analogs was a pain in the ass, but I managed to get them off without destroying anything.

Installing the new ones was a breeze. Just solder them in like you would any through-hole component. Apply some flux, and add solder. I was happy with how they fit, and it looked like a factory job when completed. I’m looking forward to having a nice controller again, as my current one is starting to feel a little loose and worn out.

“For a grand total of about $14, I think this is a worthwhile project if you have the tools and can find yourself a broken controller to work on”

As far as I know, the same brand is used in Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS2, PS3, PS4, and Wii U. There are probably others as well, but if you’re curious about a certain controller, just open it up and look for the ALPS branding on the analog.

These are the ones I ordered. Not sure if there are different models for different controllers, but these matched my Xbone controller nicely.

Everdrive64 Repair

Everdrive64 Repair

I recently picked up an N64 lot, and it included an Everdrive v2.5.

It looked terrible. It had been hand painted a bunch of times, the cutout on the top was done really poorly, and it felt cheap. The internals rattled around in the case. It worked though!

Here’s a quick gallery of my repair process.

I’m extremely happy with the results, and for the price, it was well worth it as a small project. I’m sure I’ll be getting many years of use from this purchase.

Rock Band Kicks Ass, And Breaks Pedals

Rock Band Kicks Ass, And Breaks Pedals

Rock band kicks serious ass. I thought the game was good fun when I started playing it a while back, but I didn’t see myself getting into it. I played guitar mainly because drums were too hard. I got pretty decent at guitar, playing a bunch of songs on expert, but the real hard ones would still kick my ass.

I started playing drums a bit but struggled with the kick pedal like most. Once I got used to it, I started to really enjoy it, much much more than guitar.

Anyway, I broke my own and my friends kick pedal. They like to flex with a normal note, and they will crack right in the middle of the pedal. Today me and Kyle took the kick pedals out to the shop I work at and made some aluminum pieces that fit the foot pedal. We drilled holes and riveted the pieces to the pedals. Ii looks fantastic and plays better than a stock kit. The pedal feels nice and firm, and it’s not going to flex at all now.

I play almost exclusively on expert now with drums and it’s funner than ever. The feeling of playing note for note to these songs is just awesome! I think this may be the funnest game I have ever played, and the downloadable content is really good. Especially since they have some good metal tunes.