Author Topic: Traces for left joystick on Slim controller?  (Read 161 times)

Offline savage24x

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Traces for left joystick on Slim controller?
« on: October 16, 2017, 06:44:16 PM »
Are there any alternate solder points or traces I can solder a new joystick to? Completely destroyed the pads while desoldering. Iron was way too hot.




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Re: Traces for left joystick on Slim controller?
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2017, 06:45:05 PM »

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Re: Traces for left joystick on Slim controller?
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2017, 07:32:58 AM »
Take a Q-tip and some rubbing alcohol and clean that up first, then follow the traces back to the first via you come to, then prep and use that via with a small jumper wire and 'rebuild' the trace. That's far from the worst that I've seen and can be fixed for sure.

There are scans on the forums here of the different controller versions also, so you can see where the traces originally were. I can't say the repair will go smoothly, as prepping and soldering to a via is a bit harder than an existing solder joint, but take it slow and keep your soldering iron tip clean and tinned. Being 'too hot' really has about jack all to do with it, besides shorting the life of the tip, it's the time you're keeping it on the solder joint that lets the pads get so hot they delaminate from the board.
Screwing up is one of the best learning tools, so long as the only thing you're not learning is how to screw up.