I finally got around to building the arcade stick of my dreams and managed to get it all built up. Then came the time to solder and boy was that disastrous! I was no stranger to soldering relatively large things from working on guitars so I knew the fiasco I was heading to and sallied forth nonetheless.
Anyway after a few hours of fighting, burning, using my 7 hands to hold everything in the right place, and a few shots of hot solder coming dangerously close to my eyes I thought I had everything good to go so I figured I’d plug it in and test it out.
its an Xbox 360 stick build using a first party wired MS 360 pad (the one that doesn’t have the daughterboard for the DPAD)
when I turned it on there was no issue, I could go up, left, right, but gasp not down so I figured I didn’t do the down button right, made a mental note of it and kept on to the testing. I booted into HD Remix and because of the always on down button my cursor was flipping out (running down to the last option) anyway got into the game and noticed for some buttons it would be like hitting more than one button (LK and HP, or whatever)
Then the controller shut off and wouldn’t turn back on. I tried unplugging it and plugging it back in to no avail. That was a few days ago and I haven’t tested again yet.
so first question: Did I just kill this PCB?
second question: If I did kill this PCB, what is the easiest 360 PCB to hack? I found the most difficult part of this PCB was wiring the dpad because those contacts are SMALL, like 10% the size of the contacts for the face buttons or less. . .
by the way, thanks for reading this wall of text.