Joy-con drift and stick transplants

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Joy-con drift and stick transplants

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Post by S1x » Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:43 pm

I've really appreciated my Switch ever since I got it in June 2017. Some time last year, however, something wrong happened. I was playing Breath of the Wild and after I stopped moving the stick, Link was slowly stepping to the left. I air blasted the internal part of the stick and it seemed to go away. Later, it happened again. I gave a spray of contact cleaner and let it air out. It only took a few hours of gameplay for phantom left inputs to return. Over time, it got even worse. I kept selecting the wrong tiles in Fire Emblem because of it, and that was the big point of tilt where I felt I had no choice but to perform surgery on the thing.

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At this point I've taken apart other controllers and swapped out PC parts, so this wasn't the most intimidating thing. I carefully followed this guide step by step while making sure to sort the screws I removed.

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I only used 3 of the 5 included screwdrivers, but hey, extra tools. Colored rubber caps were a nice bonus too

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Hi battery. This is what you see after removing the 4 outer screws and lifting the shell

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A few more internal screws. This is where the guide was important, because some of them never need to be touched

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Circuit board! The metal square is the bottom of the stick

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The ribbons were the tricky part. The tweezers were essential here. It never required too much force to flip the clasps or take out the ribbons. This took me a few tries because my hands weren't super steady, but I got there

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Completely dissected. Bad stick on the right, replacement stick on the left. Having the previous pictures as reference made it pretty simple to reconnect everything.

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Putting the ribbons back in also required a careful touch with the tweezers. There seemed to be a little bit of a bump of extra length when I put the replacement stick's ribbon in, but that seems to be fine. As soon as those and the battery went back, I pressed a button just to make sure the lights responded. They did!

One oddity was that putting the final screw back in was extremely difficult. I left it sticking out very slightly, and may come back to it in a bit and set it aside. It seems to be secured well enough with just 3 screws, but I need to see if enough motion can open the shell at all.

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Upon putting it back together I immediately went to this screen. At first, the resting position was very slightly off, and I panicked. However, the test has an option to re-calibrate by doing some simple motions. After that, everything (so far) works just as expected.

So that was my recent adventure. I was looking at all options other than getting a whole new left half controller for $50 that could develop the same problem anyway. This kit was $14, had one more replacement stick just in case, and gave me some pretty cool tweezers.

If you have a Switch, I hope your sticks never run into this problem, but if they do, swapping it out ain't so bad :D
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Re: Joy-con drift and stick transplants

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Post by CaptHayfever » Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:49 pm

Is that an official repair kit?

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Post by S1x » Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:52 pm

As far as I know, there is no official one. I chose this one because it had good reviews

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Post by VG_Addict » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:37 pm

It's ridiculous that Nintendo hasn't fixed this problem.

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Post by I REALLY HATE POKEMON! » Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:47 pm

I thought they'd offered free repairs, didn't they? They haven't addressed it in the sense of actually solving the problem though, since I read even Switch Lite has the same issues. Hopefully a revision fixes that and improves other aspects.

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Re: Joy-con drift and stick transplants

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Post by Apollo the Just » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:09 pm

Nintendo won't put out an "official repair kit" because they hate people opening their **** and think using 3 prong screws on everything will deter people.

Thanks for the pics. Will be helpful if I ever get this problem. I like taking stuff apart - should make a thread of my GC controller c stick replacement sometime.

Grats on the surgery!

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Re: Joy-con drift and stick transplants

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Post by Calamity Panfan » Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:34 pm

yeah nintendo finally offered repairs because they realized the only options were that or a class action lawsuit

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