The assumption on this site is that everyone here is a DIY-er. Except for video games, I’m a pretty klutzy guy with my hands. I’m the kind of guy that makes the simplest task seem impossible.
How much of a klutz am I?
I never played grade school sports except in the back yard with my neighbor, who always humiliated me athletically, and his best sport was basketball and he was a bench warmer/three point specialist in his senior year of High School. And he beat me in literally everything athletic we tried.
I literally was very inathletic. The only athletic club I tried, because of my years watching in the stands a local indoor soccer team, the Cleveland Crunch, though I could be a high school mascot. I just have to be loud and energetic. Our school didn’t have a dressed mascot so I came in a make-shift mascot costume during cheerleader tryouts. Of course I was the only guy there. I said I would be a male cheerleader except I know their main purpose is to give the ladies some altitude in their stunts. But since most of their biggest stunts was a synchonized high kicks, plus I was too weak to throw a woman high enough to give her air time, not to mention the landing would be an issue too, I decided to be a mascot. And I remember saying one thing to engender me well with item. I said the only way I’d try out is if me being a mascot wont take away a job from one of the ladies. If there is like an 8 person/6 girl limit or if a mascot is separate for the purposes of roster counts, because, knowing my luck, the one cheerleader who wants to date me would be the bubble girl, meaning I took her spot if I wasn’t there, and you’d know how she’d feel.
There weren’t too many activites for someone like me. If there was a high school video game team, I would have been trying for that. If there was a high school poker team, I would have been on that. The only thing I could have done was talk with the local cable comapny and found, organize, and host a miniature golf tournament on local cable tv. I had to make it enough about me to show off me, but enough about the other people to make friends and play off each other. As a whole we were the most watched show on our local cable channel, and never since then has there been a hit that big. It could have won Ohio Cable Ace award except instead of working with the local cable company, I had my dad film it, who had made independent seasonal specials, which also should have won Ohio Cable Aces, but the local cable company determines which stuff they submit for awards. I (not to leave out my dad and all the contestants and cohosts out) don’t need the Local Ace. I got the local number one popularity show. I’m the people’s champ. Unfortunately, the rules prevent making profit off the televisation of the show, or else I could have made some money. but we started with no prizes and went to bigger prizes for the contestants.
Why I’m on Shoryuken in the first place
When there are way too many buttons, I often got the wrong button blues, unless the layout makes instinctive sense, like punches high, kicks low, and quick attacks toward the center of your body, heavy attacks on the end. Playing Batman Arkham City, I’ve been hitting too many wrong buttons to make sense of it.
Add to the fact that a left handed stick just felt awkward. I was so used to those 80s arcade and Colecovision games where I can play right handed, that when the NES had the advantage come out, I tired it, and told them not to get it because of 2 reasons, 1) slow mo and rapid fire didn’t hep me n the game they demonstrated, (then again, they demonstrated Super Mario Bros which is not a good game to show if you’re trying to sell NES Advantages) and 2) it was left handed. Now pads are symmetrical, I could place the controller on the floor and operate it by typing with my left and right index and middle fingers, but the joystick movement in the left hand was unnatural. I got it for Christmas anyway. If they would have gotten a Beeshu, I would have been happy. but that wasn’t Nintendo authorized.
And then when I was older I purchased an ambidextrous SNES/Genesis joystick. If you want to read how much better I became at Street Fighter, visit 56ok.org/Ambidextrous/index.htm. I went from being last to first in our group. I had the brain for Street Fighter 2, I knew when someone jumps at you with you as Ryu or Ken was to dragon punch, unfortunately I misfired so many times on a pad. And you’ll be amazed even more when you know who one of my friends were.
So I’m not the typical SRK user. I’m not handy with a soldering gun. I know most are. So when I design my joystick, I try to make my joystick design as independent from repairs and sturdy as possible so if something breaks, I don’t have to hire help to fix it. Why? Bad experience with KY Enterprises in 1993. Hence why I complain about Ethernet Males having to be replaced. I know most people don’t have this issue, but credit my brains for coming up with a solution that doesn’t involve custom labor, and only costs $2 / 10 units, if I wait a month. I don’t believe half these solutions I was offered:
Ridiculous Solutions give the situation
The proper advice that should be given is to learn how to crimp your own RJ45 plugs, especially if you keep breaking them.
Google/YouTube and $10-15 worth of tools and supplies.
That would be using the original N64 controllers and not trying to build a stick.
If standard RJ45 connectors are too fragile for you, then maybe use something like an 8-pin M12 connector. You can even get solderless ones that just require a tiny screwdriver to install.
Alternatively, there are ruggedized RJ45 bayonet connectors that make the clip irrelevant. Conec makes some excellent industrial quality ones that you will never break.
Personally, I’m fine with plain RJ45 because, as others have already pointed out, they’re simple and cheap to install. Just stick with the one-piece type. The ones that have a separate wire guide are a PITA.
and I think Electircgrave’s posts are too insulting to repost. I mean no hate. I’ve had problems like this on Atari age where one wiseacre calls for me to get thrown off. I told the mod I was getting thrown off for no reason, and I don’t know what they did to him, but I was on moderated posts. I think so far every one of my posts have been mod approved. It may be a few-hour to a day wait time but it eventually comes. Besides mods prefer starting new threads over resurrecting old ones. It’s a pre-emptive sensoring I never failed so far.
Think of me as the Mikey of DIY solutions, just like if Mikey likes it, it’s got to be good, if it’s a DIY project I can do without messing it up, then it must be really simple.
What I can do well in terms of DIY
The ones that are at my skill level are a way to clean 90% of potentiometer problems in Atari 2600 and Bally Astrocade paddles, (I’ve bought non-working ones and turned them around and sold them on ebay.)
I also installed INTV 1 Flashback adapters, and if 7800fan of Atariage.com fulfills his promise, I can do it again to accommodate his SG->INTV adapter and JAAG->INTV adapter, by redoing it with with INTV1->INTV 2 adapters and INTV 2-> INTV FB adapters.
I think I can install a Blinking Light Win on my front loading NES, but I got bigger fish to fry like my joystick.
And clever me found a way to cannibalize 2 Atari 5200 trackballs that were working only along one axis each and turn it into a single two axis trackball and a trackball minus the working parts, which a working one is out of stock at best-electronics-ca.com. If I recognize the part, I can make a wholely working trackball and make ebay profits.
So when someone thinks of a solution that doesn’t involve heavy labor, you just ridicule him. If I didn’t know this was mainly a DIY site, I’d think this advice might be cutting into a few of you guys’ profits. What’s easier: to replace a male to male ethernet cable, which you can find anywhere for cheap, or to rebuild an RJ45 head on something specialized that is not user-separable?
Finally notice the length. If you want to breeze through the important parts, click nothing. if you’re curious, enjoy the details.