ASCIIWARE, a blast from the past!


#1

Hi guys, first post ever and I come seeking knowledge.

I recently came across one of these

http://www.vidgames.com/ps/hardware/asciistick.jpg

old PS1 sticks and it’s in pretty good shape, however upon taking it apart and inspection, I noticed something had been spilled on it.

Now do not get me wrong, it works just fine except for one little thing, the stick seems to respond a little erratic. When I move Right, it is as if I am tapping right, walk,stop,walk,stop,walk,stop.

No turbos are on, heck I do not think they make a turbo for movements anyway.

I have never worked on a arcade stick before, but I would imagine the micro switches are busted?

If I were to use this case to build a new stick or just replace parts (if that’s possible, dunno about compatability ), because I do enjoy the retro PS1 design of it, what could I do?

Thanks for taking the time to give this a read and I appreciate any feed back at all.


#2

Post pics of the inside, be easier to see what could be wrong.

Or you could just pick up a Namco PS1 stick, instead.


#3

Okay, so I opened it back up and took a few pictures of the micro switches, now I do not see anything wrong. All the wires are secured and fondling the micro switches, they all feel about the same.

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Not sure if that’ll work, if it does yay, if not, I have links.

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Now as for the board, it’s okay I suppose, I would really like better buttons personally.

If I cannot keep this controller intact, I could try and use it as a shell for a PS3 arcade stick yeah?


#4

Oh damn, it uses rubber contacts…

plug in the joystick while you have it opened up and manually activate the microswitches to see if you’re still having the same issue with the walk, stop, walk thing. If you’re still having issues with it, check the wiring to the pcb, if that’s ok; check the inside of the microswitch it might be gunked up.

To be honest with you, a button mod would be a lot of work for a novice.


#5

Whoa, that’s a great idea. I feel dumb for not thinking about testing the switches while they’re out. Now about opening the switches, I notice they’re pinned shut, I do not know what I could do to open these without breaking anything. They’re not closed by screws.

I may have to leave them alone.

Also, about the button mod. That is true I have never done this before, but I have browsed several threads on the subject, and looked at some soldering schematics? I guess that is what you would call them, lay outs over a controller board telling you what to solder and such.

Anyway, I have three PS3 controllers so tearing one apart in the pursuit of a hobby would be all good, and even then, if I manage to get this PS1 stick working fine, it works A-OK on the PS3.


#6

Hmm, dunno how to help you there then dude.

If you do decide to put in a PS3 controller PCB - to make your life easier:

  1. Be sure to use a SIXAXIS rather than a DualShock 3
  2. Invest in either ShinJN’s/Toodles AXISdapter boards.

I advise against it simply because you’d be putting a lot of effort & money into a mediocre case.


#7

Haha yes sir, all I have is three sixaxis controllers, no dualshock 3s.

I was honestly going to attempt and build a wooden case until I found this controller for sell, I dunno why I like it, but it’s just very retro and cool to me.