Okay, so I did make a video where I was restoring
this PS2 controller, obviously I’ve not finished restoring it yet cos it’s still got this messy
blue tape on the lead, but the video didn’t turn out that well so I had to scrap the video.
But basically what I’ve done to this, is this analogue stick, when you pushed it forwards
and then let go, it’d just stay stuck forwards, so like the character on the screen would
continue to walk forwards. So basically what I’ve done is I’ve fixed that, and I’m gonna
show you how I’ve done that on this controller, cos this controller has got the same problem,
well not exactly the same problem, but basically the analogue stick has gone weird, so when
you let go of it it kinda sticks downwards a bit sometimes, so the character will move
backwards on his own. So I’m gonna show you how I fixed this one by fixing this one on
camera. This was basically a controller which was given to me, and it was in like a really
bad state, so it had a lot of crud all over it and everything, so I basically cleaned
it up. I used this tooth brush which is what I use to clean controllers, or games consoles,
cos it’s good for getting into the nooks and crannies, and I sprayed some of this Windolene
onto the brush as well, and, yeah, the actual thumbstick bit, it was really weird, because
it was as though there was something missing underneath the actual rubber bit, so it felt
like it was dented, so what I did was I just took this part off, and it’s easy to take
it off, well, you do have to take the controllerapart first, but once you’ve taken the controller
apart, you can just pull this bit off, this is the old bit, you probably wont be able
to tell, but it’s just kinda, it just feels weird, it’s like it’s dented there. So basically
what I did was I just swapped it over with a better one, cos I do have a few spare ones.
Basically when controllers break and I’m not able to fix them, I’ll keep the good parts
from them so I can use them as spare parts to fix other broken controllers. So yeah,
so this stick now it’s working perfectly, and the controllers cleaned up, the only thing
to do really is to sort out this blue tape, cos it looks quite messy, so, I think there’s
something I can do about that. In fact I’ll do it now, I was gonna fix the stick on this
first, but I might as well do this now. So let’s take this tape off, let’s see what it
reveals. Supposedly the wire was split and that’s the tape has been put round it. And
as you can see the wire is actually split, I think it’s just from the wire being twisted
so much. So this cord is like really, it feels really tacky now and sticky, because this
sticky tape was on it. Yeah that looks pretty bad, it actually looks like someone intestines
have spilt out. I don’t really think I’m gonna be able to push them back in really without
damaging them, so, yeah. So what I’m gonna do is basically I’m gonna clean this wire
up now cos it’s so sticky cos f the tape. Okay so I’m gonna use this WD-40, I’ve found
that it works really well for getting rid of like sticker residue and just like, sticky
stuff, and whatever, old labels, whatever. So I’m gonna spray some of this onto the cloth
and I’m gonna clean the wire. But yeah, this WD-40 is really getting rid of the sticky
residue. So now we’ll just go over the wire with a dry part of the cloth. Just dry it
off. Okay so the wire is now clean and it’s been dried off, so what I’m gonna do is I’m
gonna fix it up like it was before but do a neater job of it. So I’ve got some duct
tape here… first off I need to get so scissors, so I’ll be back in a second… So we’ll just
stick this around… jut cut that off… Okay so this is the last one, I am gonna have to
use a piece of wider tape t cover it properly since the wires are sticking out. It is gonna
be quite hard to make this one look neat. But now all I’ll do is I’ll go over these
pieces of tape with this black permanent marker so they don’t stand out as much, and it’ll
just make it look more neater. Okay so I’ve pretty much finished, it doesn’t look perfect
but it does look quite a lot better than how it used to look. So I’ll just show you now,
so, those are the places that I’ve basically patched up. And that’s the controller finished
with, so I’ll show you how I fix the analogue stick on a PS2 controller which has gone weird,
you know, you’ll be moving it around when you’re playing a game, you let go, and it’ll
be stuck in a certain direction, so the character on the screen will continue to move. So the
first thing that I need to do is to take it apart. Yeah these type of screwdrivers, they’re
good for removing small screw, but if the screw is really tight then they’re not that
great for unscrewing them cos you can’t really get a proper grip on these like you can with
the screwdrivers that have the proper handles on them. If I am finding it hard to undo a
screw, what I’ll do is I’ll just like, get my sleave like that, put it round it and then
I’m able to grip it more better, but it’s still not as good as a regular screwdriver
with a proper handle on it. And just one more screw to go… Okay, so… let’s take this
out… I wanna be careful to not break anything when removing this, cos some bits of it do
kinda look a bit delicate. So now we have the insides… And let’s just straighten this
little LED light cos it’s a bit bent actually. Must’ve got bent when I was putting the controller
back together, cos have fixed this analogue stick before. Yeah, so, what we need to do
now, is just take this bit off the actual mechanism. And there’s the mechanism itself,
so what I basically do is I just put lubrication into there. Now what I find works really well,
and I’ve got no idea what made me think of this combination, but it was something that
I tried many years ago, what I find that works really well is to use petroleum jelly and
this 151 super grease. Now there might be better methods for fixing worn analogue sticks
than this, but I’ve notreally seen any, so, I mean this works well enough for me… So
first off what I’ll do is I’ll dip a match stick into some petroleum jelly, and I’ll
just basically push it into the mechanism. Not really doing that great a job of it at the moment, but… Just try and push
it right inside the mechanism. Okay we have got quite a bit of excess petroleum jelly
on there, so I’ll just wipe it away with this piece of tissue. Okay so I’m not sure how
well this is gonna show up on camera, it’s a pity this camera doesn’t have a focus, but,
so you can see it’s, got some on y finger, so you can see it’s all in there now. And
then what I’ll do is I’ll spray in some super grease. Now spraying in the super grease,
it’ll force the petroleum jelly more down into the mechanism. And we’ll spray some into
these bits as well, cos these bits actually turn as well when you move the stick. Okay
so I think that’ll do now. And again we’ll just wipe off the excess… Okay so we’ll now put the thumbstick bit back
onto it… So yeah, let’s put it back together… In fact I’m just gonna wipe… it doesn’t
look like there’s anything on it, but I am gonna just wipe this circuit here, just in
case there is anything on it, cos otherwise it’s just gonna probably fuck it up when you
plug it into the PS2. Now one thing about putting it back together is that it’s very
tricky getting these two bits behind the L2 and R2 buttons, it’s very tricky indeed. Sometimes
when you put it back together one of the button or both of the buttons wont work because these
bits have not properly gone behind the buttons. Sometimes when you try putting them behind
the buttons… it’s like there’s two layers here, and sometimes they’ll split apart, I
can’t show you cos they’re actually glued together, and that’s why I glued them together,
because when they split apart when you’re trying to put them behind the button it makes
it even more harder, so what I’ll do is I’ll just dab a little bit of glue on each corner,
to basically stick the two layers together, and that makes it more easier then. What I
like to do is before putting the back onto the controller, is I’ll put one finger under
this trigger to hold it outwards, and my little finger on this trigger to hold that outwards,
so basically I’ll be holding it like that, and then because you’re holding these triggers
open it makes it more easier to get these bits into the right place. Do you know something?
‘laughs’ I can’t believe I’ve done this, I’ve actually forgot to put the L1 and R1 buttons
into the controller, oh well. So we’ll have to take this off again. Okay so the control
pad is now back together again, and what I like to do after putting it back together
is to just move the stick around for a while to just work the lube in, and now this should
work pretty much 100% perfectly, for maybe 6 months to over a year, I can’t really remember
how long it will last cos it’s been a long time since I’ve done this, but when the stick
goes weird again, like after 6 months or after a year or whatever, t means that there’s been
extra wear and tear to the stick. When you do these fixes it doesn’t undo the wear and
tear, it’s still there, and it still accumulates over time from use, so when you fix it for
a second time, it’s probably gonna last for half as long as what it did do when you fixed
it the first time, and then when you fix it for the third time, you probably wont be able
to get it 100% perfect, it’ll probably still be a bit dodgy, and usually when it get’s
to that stage I’ll just desolder the component, and I’ll solder in a good one. So what I’ll
do now is I’ll test this out on my PS2 ad I’ll come back and tell you if it’s properly
fixed or not. Okay so I’ve been using this controller for about 2 hours now, been playing
Vice City, and the stick works 100% perfectly. So yeah, so basically that’s two fixed controllers.
This one had a dodgy analogue stick, that’s all that was wrong with it, that’s now fixed.
This one also had a dodgy analogue stick, that’s been fixed, the actual thumbstick part,
that was dodgy, it had like a dent in it, so I basically replaced that with a new rubber
thumbstick, I’ve also cleaned the controller up as well cos it was full of crud and crap
and everything, it’s not what I’d done to it but that’s what it was like when someone
gave it to me, it was so filled up with crud and stuff that when I was actually using it,
when I was playing a game I pressed in the R1 button, and when I let go of it it just
stayed stuck in, that’s how dirty the controller was. And yeah I’ve basically fixed up the
wire to make it at least look better than how it did look, I mean it’s not perfect but,
it does look a lot better. So yeah that’s pretty much it, thanks for watching.

Fixing a couple of PS2 controllers (includes worn analogue stick fix)
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63 thoughts on “Fixing a couple of PS2 controllers (includes worn analogue stick fix)

  • November 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm
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    I had to do this with my PlayStation 2 controller I use on the computer not long ago since I use it so much.

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  • November 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm
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    On my PS2 controller the right button on the D pad has stopped working which is odd as I have never used it much (PS2 is a bit too modern for my liking).

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  • November 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm
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    i have a ps2 controller that just won't work. analog lights comes on and that is all. fixed a wire but that didn't help. gave up. that is why i don't wrap cord around controller. have you had analog sticks that got oily from sitting?
     i noticed there are different versions of the controller too. stuff inside is different. some have circuit boards that everything is on and held in with screws.

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  • November 15, 2013 at 10:20 pm
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    Thanks for the vid — I haven't had too many problems w/ my PS2 controllers, but I've had to take apart lots of SNES and DC controllers.

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  • November 15, 2013 at 11:25 pm
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    Thanks for the video. Keep up the good work.

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  • December 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm
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    could someone send a video of how to fix thw wire for me whoever sends me a vid I subscribe to them if I need the wire the black part fixed because I really want to play mk 5 but I cant fix my controller someone help me please 🙁

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  • February 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm
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    I bought those exact screw drivers just today! And thanks for the tip on holding the R2 and L2 buttons with your index and pinky fingers, i was having one hell of a time putting the controller back together.

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  • July 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm
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    Question, please answer me! basically i have a broken ps2 controller buttons, everything in good shape, just missing a pin which i assume is the problem. only the analog works on games. anyways, i have a gamestop controller that works but i hate the feel of, could i just cut the end of that controller off (that has all the pins) and sodder it to the old controllers wires and it would work that way?

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  • July 28, 2014 at 6:16 pm
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    Do u know if I can use WD-40 instead of Super Grease? Thanks.

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  • August 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm
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    Excellent job mate! Have you ever watched the Red Green show? Greetings from Canada!

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  • August 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm
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    I picked up some petroleum jelly but after seeing it has salt in it (which we know is corrosive to metal) I won't use it. I have a PS2 controller that has started doing random button presses (R1 and one of the round buttons) and it started it while playing rule or rose. Unplugging and plugging back in didn't fix and powering off and unplugging console didn't work either. I took it apart cleaning it all good but still doing it even worse than before. I'm thinking it might be analogue stick needs furthur cleaning or the connector to the plastic connector board. I was thinking it might be my PS2 but I got another controller working perfect last night but just to make sure I'm going to try the old controller on another ps2 to make sure it's behaving the same way on it.

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  • September 2, 2014 at 2:26 am
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    "I dip my stick in petroleum jello".lol.

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  • December 2, 2014 at 7:10 am
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    closeups of the actual controller would be better than of your hand.  would of been better to have your camera pointed straight down at the controller.

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  • December 6, 2014 at 2:03 am
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    Is it possible to take off the cable? please reply.

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  • December 18, 2014 at 5:44 am
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    Sometimes when a controller has too much problems its not worth fixing and instead its just better spending 7-8 usd buying one online.

    The reason i state this is because mine had various issues such as the d pad sensor not working. There was nothing wrong with the rubber, or plastic but when i hit the sensors when the control was completely opened they never responded. Well i soldered new sensors and fixed that.

    Then i noticed the motors for the dual shock were not working so those needed to be replaced, and one of the analog sticks was just really worn out. It took a couple of hours to fix this and in the end id say other than experience it wasn't worth fixing it myself rather than dishing out 7 dollars for a new one.

    I guess if your control only has 1 minor issue which requires no soldering then have at it

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  • January 12, 2015 at 11:59 pm
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    the fucking dropgoals in rugby 08 with a fucked up left stick lol

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  • May 4, 2015 at 8:25 am
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    Hey man, quick tip on fixing the cables: you could use heat shrinkable sleeving instead of the tape. Something like this: http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/15mm-heat-shrinkable-sleeving-1m-bf86t

    Downside is: you need to put the tube on the cable somehow, so you need to disconnect the cable from the controller, put the tube on, then reconnect it. 

    The heat can be applied with either a heat gun or a hairdryer

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  • May 30, 2015 at 3:04 pm
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    Is it possible to do a video on fault finding inside a PS2 controller?

    There are plenty of videos on repairing analog sticks and other videos about taking apart/reassembling a controller but no videos anywhere on how to fault find on dead controllers and there are plenty of dead controllers out there.

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  • July 11, 2015 at 7:02 am
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    Do you know if a ps3 dpad will work on a ps2 controller? :p

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  • September 24, 2015 at 9:34 pm
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    may ask what are each cable color for? like I know what are black, red… but yellow, green, blue, grey, orange no idea what those are for any chance someone could tell me? Thanks!

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  • January 2, 2016 at 3:23 pm
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    remove R1,R2,L1,L2 buttons first. then push all those buttons back into their place after you've screw the controller.

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  • January 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm
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    I Think that mechanic oil its a little bit lighter than the grease and wont help to get sticky again, I've tried with that and works perfectly!

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  • January 28, 2016 at 3:25 am
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    How do u unplug that ribbon cable from the PCB?

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  • January 30, 2016 at 4:37 am
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    Bought some ps4 analog replacements n they work perfectly in my ps2 controller xD

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  • February 17, 2016 at 4:43 am
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    Can we use wd40 in it?

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  • March 13, 2016 at 11:15 pm
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    I have a logic 3 wireless ps2 controller that was great until the left stick began to drift. Think I'll use the spray grease rather than your mix but you've given me new hope for my wireless pad so thanks!
    Tip = push out L2 + R2 before reassembly then pop em back after.

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  • March 28, 2016 at 5:58 am
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    putting it back together is a BIIIIIIITTTTCCCCHHH!!!

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  • April 10, 2016 at 11:16 pm
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    The proper way to deal with those kinds of breaks in a wire is to get that heat-sensitive wire-wrap.

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  • April 26, 2016 at 4:34 pm
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    thnx man this works .I used fine90 machine oil the analog stick works fine now

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  • May 31, 2016 at 12:16 am
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    do you have any videos on how to fix the triangle circle X or Square buttons not responding when pressed

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  • May 31, 2016 at 2:56 pm
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    My joystick doesn't respond when i click any button.I wanted to play my favorite game and i click start or any other button,but it won't respond.And analog button is always on.It won't turn off(only in one game).And it won't turn on(it's always off in this one) when i play another game(only in one game).

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  • July 1, 2016 at 11:47 am
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    did you know how to change that transparent plastic by the greenline i forgot i was blur it off that black line and i dont know how to change can you show how to do.

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  • July 30, 2016 at 1:35 pm
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    hi all. the cable / lead into my controller has 2 snapped wires just about 20mm from the point at which they enter the controller . Inside the controller they link into a multi wire connector which is soldered to the electronics board. I'd like to cut off 100mm of cable and rewire into the connector , [ I don't want to tape it ] ,,, so does anyone KNOW if the connections are clip-in or soldered,, or something else ?
    Thanks P

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  • September 13, 2016 at 4:10 am
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    how can i open the connector? I need to fix some pins..

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  • December 20, 2016 at 2:33 am
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    my d pad is not working

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  • January 18, 2017 at 9:31 am
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    how do I fix r3

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  • January 18, 2017 at 10:02 am
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    It just broke the whole controller

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  • January 29, 2017 at 12:34 am
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    When you want to fix your controllers but are to afraid you will only make them worse 🙁

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  • February 5, 2017 at 10:08 pm
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    I don't have those oils and jelly.. does Carmex work as a substitute? It's the only oily lubricator that I could think of

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  • May 28, 2017 at 3:20 am
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    I don't have Super Grease for the analog sticks, what can I use instead?

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  • June 2, 2017 at 4:44 am
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    what's wrong with my ps2 controller? the x button doesn't respond when I press it

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  • July 28, 2017 at 11:36 am
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    My PS2 controller died itself hidden in console box for about 6-8 years. Before I boxed my console it worked perfect, now only work analog, other buttons do not work anymore, I cleaned membrame foil with alcohol but no luck. Controller is almost brand new but not work 🙁

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  • July 31, 2017 at 5:41 am
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    I broke mine while Spinning in Budokai tenkaichi 3

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  • August 3, 2017 at 1:40 am
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    I come here quite often to watch this video because I find the sound of you spraying grease into the workings to be relaxing. Maybe Ive said that before.

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  • August 8, 2017 at 12:13 am
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    My problem is that d-pad and L1/L2 (all the left part of the controller) doesn't respond anymore. I opened it, cleaned it, same problem.

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  • October 29, 2017 at 11:43 pm
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    Ugh I hate those screwdrivers because if you try to untighten a stiff screw they ruin your fingers.

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  • November 19, 2017 at 3:54 am
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    for me any time i play MLB when i throw a pitch the aim  bar moves on its own

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  • December 12, 2017 at 9:30 pm
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    Where is this dude from cause in america its call windex not windolene

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  • January 10, 2018 at 8:11 am
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    I tried lubricant to tighten the sticks and while it turned out better than it was it was just too far gone, too much wear and tear. Once the time comes that it's pretty much done then I'll open it up and mess around with it. I figure it's just worn springs or something.

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  • January 15, 2018 at 8:24 pm
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    hi! I used your guide and fixed a lot of ps2 controllers. Now I got a strange problem, after rewiring 1 vibration motor to a ps2 controller, it has a strange feedback.. It's so strong and powerful. Do you have any ideas?

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  • April 25, 2018 at 11:16 am
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    Real help

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  • May 9, 2018 at 5:32 pm
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    My control is doing what it wants

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  • August 20, 2018 at 4:48 am
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    I have a black official DuelShock 2 controller for my North American NTSC PlayStation 2 (which is an SCPH-30001 model), and it has been working fine for almost five years now. You did a good job repairing that controller yourself at home! This video is a helpful DIY PlayStation 2 controller repair tutorial. Keep up the great work!

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  • September 10, 2018 at 6:49 pm
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    how long do you have to explain it before you DO IT?

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  • September 20, 2018 at 3:59 am
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    Hey, I see that you liked my 2018 Easter/Resurrection Sunday presents video! I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it! Thank you very much!

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  • September 23, 2018 at 11:39 am
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    Mine when I push back 3 it activate R2 I tried everything it doesn't work.something else when I get in with it on the game they say push any button no button work as soon as I get in on the game all of them work

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  • October 15, 2018 at 1:12 pm
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    This video was very helpful since i had a ps2 controller with so sticky analog sticks that almost every time no matter the direction the sticks were pushed, they got stuck. But one thing i have to complain about, that either your camera lens was very dirty, or u just have poor focus😂

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  • January 15, 2019 at 10:36 pm
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    my controller is turning left .. always. where i can search a problem with this?

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  • May 12, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    You can put the 4 buttons back in after you reassemble the controller much easier as they only clip in and save you a ton of grief

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  • June 16, 2019 at 11:10 am
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    2 questions: Does this method work on 3rd party controllers (I know, silly question, but best to be sure) and would vaseline and an air duster work as well?

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  • June 21, 2019 at 4:45 am
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    what i recommend anyone trying to fix any controller is to buy a used on at a pawn shop for cheap and to just practice opening up and closing it before doing it to your controller.

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  • August 1, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    Hello ! Will Ps2 analog joystick sensor work on Xbox 360 controllers?? And also it's rubber thumb grips .

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  • September 9, 2019 at 7:34 pm
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    Hello anyone knows a good source of replacement analog sticks for PS2 controller? i've bought a few from aliexpress but they'are crap because they can get stuck at the certain value while moving analog fast

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