Dropped Madcatz SE


#1

So i just bought an sf4 SE off a friend for 10$. Sadly it was dropped right on the ball top rendering the left on the joystick to not read the input. I’ve opened it up and checked what i believed to be a damaged micro switch. Everything looked good, so not sure why it’s not reading the input. Could it be that washer problem they were plagued with? Does anyone have any idea I can get it to work (remedy) and if not anyone have a used JLF-TP-8YT-SK joystick?


#2

If it was dropped, any number of things could be wrong with it. Regardless, it’s much easier for people to help if you post pics.


#3

Yeah, pics would help a lot. You should check to see that the wiring between the joystick and the main board hasn’t come loose anywhere. It’s likely a problem with the micro switch like you said though. You can replace individual ones or drop in a whole new stick if that’s the case. Since they only cost around $25, I’d say it’s worth it.

BTW, solid good job on scoring an SE for $10.


#4

Do yourself a favor and just buy a JLF for 20 bucks. That stock stick isn’t any good anyways, and the JLF is soooo sexy.


#5

Its also an easy mod. Just use the wire harness from the SE stick. If you do buy a JLF, might as well get some buttons. :smiley:


#6

I third the JLF. Madcatz stick is alright, but arcade parts really do help.

Otherwise, it’s very likely a microswitch. They’re cheap, but I hope you know how to solder.


#7

buy a jlf.


#8

I agree with everyone else, for all the crap you will have to do to replace one microswitch it isn’t worth the trouble. Just get a JLF and save some time, and throw in some new buttons while you have the stick open.


#9

thanks for all the input also I’ve planned on swapping parts out for sanwa since i also have a TE, but a bit strapped for cash since I bought toodles boards to mod the TE. I would just like this SE with a working stick at the moment hence why i asked if anyone had a cheap one for sale.
Besides that i think i figured out what the problem is:

i’m guessing the loose washer scraped up the pcb quite bad rendering the left direction microswitch to not be able to output the reading.