Stick customization noob looking for a little guidance with installing a PS360+ In a Qanba Q4RAF


#1

Hello. I am the very definition of a noob when it comes to arcade stick customization and construction. I’m not looking for step by step handholding, but I just need someone with experience to answer a couple questions and to help steer me in the right direction. Although I have never mucked around with the guts of an arcade stick before, I have some experience with electronics wiring, and feel that I should be able to handle the relatively small amount of wire work that I think is required for this project.

Basically, I’m looking to install an Akishop PS360+ into my Qanba Q4RAF, to replace its current PCB. What I want to know is the very simplest way I can get this done. Specifically, I would like to know if I will need to purchase anything else to successfully complete the installation. I believe I have the tools required for the job, but I do not know if I am missing any essential wires, or adapters, needed to get this new PCB properly functioning with my stick. Would buying a set of wires with quick disconnects already installed help make my endeavor any more simple (noobproof)?

Ultimately, what I am asking is if the installation of a PS360+ into my Qanba Q4 will be as simple as removing the wires from the current PCB, and reconnecting them into the appropriate terminals on the PS360+. Is the general idea really this simple? Or have I missed something entirely when it comes to what the actual process of swapping these PCBs out will be like?


#2

That for the most part is all that there is to it in a nut shell. Most of the wires fit into convent screw terminals and the only tools you would need is a pair of wire cutters for clipping the wires of the old board and a small screw driver. There is a USB jack for a B type USB plug and a RJ45 Jack for tooless cable installation. If you can feel a Normal USB printer cable into your stick, that would be the best. You could also try to splice the B type connector to your USB cable. Worst case scenario you might have to solder the wires on the USB cable to provided pads on the PS360+ board.


#3

Thank you for the bit of encouragement you provided me by confirming and providing me with the info. After taking a look at some diagrams provided by a PDF over at Akishop, I now feel very confident with all of the primary button and stick wiring. However, I’m a little worried about one aspect of the USB installation. I’ve opted to go with the tool-less option and just get a USB A to B cable for the B type connector on the PCB. I’m worried that the connection of the B end to the connector on the PCB will be in constant risk of becoming disconnected, or damaging the board, with a simple tug of the cable. I have not opened up my stick yet, and I do not currently have my PS360+, so I may be missing some obvious way of keeping this cable snug and secure. If I do have a legitimate concern regarding the physical strength of the hookup between the USB, and the port on the board, then what would you suggest I do to make sure that I avoid the aforementioned connection concerns?


#4

Tie a knot in the USB cable just before it exits the cable hole. Simple.