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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.


You left out an important one: if you plugged the controller in after starting the game, it might be fixed by resetting the system, this time with the controller already plugged in. I did it...worked like a charm on Ocarina of Time!

ivorytickler88 - Reply

my joystick won't stop acting like I'm pressing it to the left when I don't even touch it!

Caroline Moran - Reply

Hi, Ivorytickler88..I tried your suggestion, but it didn't work. My 64 is in perfect condition and has been boxed for many years. Do I need to buy a new controller, memory pad, or what? Your advice is appreciated. Thanks

Marilyn Lee - Reply

Do nI need a controller pak to use my controller or is it fine if its empty

Marinara Coder - Reply

Im gonna try cleaning my two controllers that dont seem to register B-button-presses, at all. Ive opened them both up and honestly they look pretty clean, no “gunk'" on any wires, curcuits or connectors, Ive tried aligning the rubber buttons more precisely, Ive even tried using a single rubber button and playing SM64 with the two controllers, stripped, basically holding the curcuitboard and testing individual buttons. All work except B-button. What can som rubbing-alcohol really do?…

Hiki Niki - Reply

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