A broken game controller can be an extremely frustrating situation. As you are not likely to want to spend a great deal of money every time there is a problem, are there any other alternatives? You will be surprised to learn that many controllers that do not seem to be functioning can actually be fixed quite easily. Let’s look at some steps that you can take.
Determining the Problem
Before you attempt to take apart the entire unit, you need to know what the problem seems to be. Is it an issue with responsiveness (such as a button that only works part of the time) or is the entire unit not supplied with power? If the whole controller stops functioning entirely, it is more likely that there is a problem with its connection or even the console itself. If you see that a few buttons are not working as they should, it is a good idea to take the controller apart.
Looking on the Inside
Once you determine the right type of screwdriver to use, remove the entire back plate of the controller. From here, you can test for a short circuit, look for frayed wires or burn marks and if necessary, replace a joystick or button as may be needed. These parts can generally be found on auction sites such as eBay or Amazon. Of course, you will need to know a bit about how the internal mechanisms work to perform this task.
If there is no visible damage to be seen, it is likely that a smaller connection is causing the issue. Take a magnifying glass and carefully observe the front and back of the electronics board. If you still do not see any visible issues, the chances are high that a component such as a resistor or a capacitor is the source of your problem. In this case, you are likely going to have to replace the entire unit.
Keep in mind that if the controller is under warranty, it is better to take it back to the manufacturer. Opening it up will cause the warranty to be voided. Diagnosing and solving issues with a gaming controller can be quite complicated but with any luck, you will be able to solve the problem!