Ok so I spent, pretty much ALL NIGHT with this damn PCB and here are a few notes:
-Because turbo, home, and back have no actual buttons (like all the other buttons), it is dificult to find how to attach them to the PCB. However, I just seperated the back and the turbo wires from the ribbons and used those. However the ground for those needs to be attached somewhere. As it turns out, I had to leave the old PCB in to create a ground for home, turbo, and back. I was able to connect Home and back, but ran out of wires so i coupled turbo and back so that when i push it i get back, and if I hold it I get turbo/switch consoles.
-I was maybe 90% successful. It seems I have 2 buttons that are not working, so I’m going to take those wires off of the PCB and solder them to the other side since there’s more room. Hopefully they will work then. Also, on my joystick, when I press any direction in combination with left, I always get Left-up. So I’ve got a left up overriding my other directions. Easy fix. but i was super tired so I will finish it today.
-I actually got the hang of it towards midnight, but i had the most dificult time getting the solder to actually come off of the Iron. it was just building up and then not coming off on the PCB. Very frustrating stuff.
-Also, I burned one of my “ground” points. The one all the way at the end of the button section. Can someone tell me how bad this is? If it had’ve been another piece, would I need to start all over with a new PCB?
All that being said, I’m mildly happy with how it went. Honestly, i will probably buy another Paewang PCB and start from scratch now that I have a little experience. I honestly thought it would be easier, but man, it is super dificult, and I’m not sure how to make it easier.
anyway, I’ll be building/experimenting tonight. Good thing i have more than one stick!
any advice seriously OMG this shit is killing me man someone help lol.