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    Default Genesis controller D-pad issue

    Using this thread to both ask if anyone else has this problem as well as track progress on what I've learned.

    Issue: I noticed that while playing Vectorman, sometimes I would press Up and the character starts moving left. I noticed problems with diagonal movement as well. I was having other issues with controllers not responding as well and tried 6 different controllers. So figured it was the system. I took apart my OEM 3 button with red markings and cleaned it thoroughly, contacts and everything. The issue with the D-pad still seems to persist. it really makes playing Genesis games unplayable especially the harder ones or games where there is diagonal aiming.

    I poked and prodded my Genesis 3 VA1 and seems like I get good voltage. I get around 4.8 VDC at the controller pins (all except one which is at 0 which I assume is the ground.) Unfortunately I couldnt find any schematics for this particular model so not sure what I am even looking at. I did a search on the forum for this problem and someone mentioned cold solder joints which I assume means the joints are cracked.

    Board and caps look fine for the most part. I started testing one of the ICs and I think a couple pins may be shorted. Really hard to say since my DMM is a cheapo POS that isnt very reliable.
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    it was the controller. i have to look into it some more
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    Could it be the rubber pads on the controllers or even corroded contacts?
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    Im mainly having this issue on my 6 button pad (MK-1470). The D-pad juts out quite a bit more than on the 3-button controller and thus it seems like you have to depress the actual lower portion of the diagonal sections in order to do a forward or backward jump in MK2 or shoot diagonally in Vectorman. I dont have this issue at all with my 3 button, where I can basically have my thumb on the edges of the higher part of the Up and Down and I will effortlessly jump forward backward whatever. I did take apart the D-pad and clean every every single part that makes contact but to no avail. I dont know if there is a plastic component that broke off that is making the D-pad jut out so high? idk just seems like something aint right. I cant even disassemble the D-pad to re-seat it to see if that helps
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