Guides I've Contributed To

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  • Answer to: My left analog stick doesnt work when you press it down.

    I was able to get my left analog stick press working again by using a Contact Cleaner (or TV Tuner Cleaner) spray, such as you can find at Radio Shack. Open the controller and remove the circuit board. Disconnect the motors and pull the plastic thumb stick heads off. Pay close attention to the micro push button on one side of the analog stick housing. This little black button is clicked by that white stick sitting above it. Even if it clicks the button down, the contacts inside of the button could be dirty, which is where the Contact Cleaner comes in. Then take the board and the Contact Cleaner outside (the fumes are not good to breath in). Spray a small amount on that switch and on the analog stick for good measure. Be sure to move the stick around and click the button a handful of times so help the cleaner work its way into the contacts. After allowing it to dry outside for a few minutes, take a towel and wipe off the excess residue off of the rest of the circuit board. With any luck the button will be work...
  • Answer to: My Wii power light is red

    We have a Game Cube bongo drum that has some kind of short internally that causes exactly what is described in the original post. Unplugging the offending bongo controller fixes the problem. So, this could be as simple as a defective peripheral plugged into your Wii. Always try unplugging everything from your Wii (even the sensor bar on the back) before jumping to to the conclusion that your Wii is dead.


  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller Logic Board Replacement

    Does it matter which side the motors are returned to? I think I may have swapped positions with my two motors.

  • Microsoft Surface Pro Teardown

    Are there cables that can be cut when prying the screen/digitizer up? Where do we need to be careful? The iPad 2 guide was very clear about where cables could be problematic, and I still managed skip a step and cut the digitizer cable. I want to be more careful this time. :)