Nintendo 64 controller Troubleshooting

My N64 console doesn't recognize my controller ¶ 

When I plugin my controller whatever game I am playing doesn't show that my controller is plugged in as a player.

The port on the console may be faulty ¶ 

Try plugging the controller into another port.

There may be broken wiring ¶ 

Inside the controller there are some wires that connect to circuits, taking it apart and re-bonding the wires can fix the broken connection.

The plug in side of the controller may be broken ¶ 

Possibly the part of the controller you plugin has been physically altered so it doesn't fit correctly into the console port; if it isn't too bad you may be able to force the plastic back into place.

Certain buttons won't register when I press them ¶ 

When I play games my buttons get stuck or don't register at all with the console.

There may be gunk or some type of build up between the rubber buttons inside and the circuits ¶ 

You can open up the controller and clean the affected areas.

The rubber buttons inside the controller may not be hooked up correctly ¶ 

Inside the controller the rubber button pads are aligned with little holes that little rubber poles, attached to the rubber button pad, are put into.

Some of the wiring that is attached to the button's circuits could be broken ¶ 

Inside the controller there are some wires that connect to circuits, taking it apart and re-bonding the wires can fix the broken the buttons connection with the rest of the controller.

My joystick is sluggish ¶ 

When I play a game the movements created by the joystick are delayed or sometimes don't register.

There may be gunk or some sort of build up in the joystick box ¶ 

You can take apart the controller and then the joystick box, you can clean the affected area.

The spring, ring, and joystick need to be re-lubricated ¶ 

Inside the joystick box there is a plastic ring, metal spring, and the joystick that work best when well lubricated.

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