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Super Nintendo Start/Select Button not working all the sudden

One day I went to turn on the Super Nintendo and all the buttons on the controller work except the start/select button?? It's like this on both controllers? Nothing has happened to them to damage them so I know it can't be the controller it has to be the console? I took apart the controllers just in case and they work fine all except the start button. I can do everything but start the games?? Any simple solutions?

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  • Anonymous May 16, 2008

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    Compurepair worked like a a charm.
    the only thing needed is a screwdriver.
    put your controller upside down (buttons facing the table).
    open the controller, get the controller cord out the S turn, and remove the printplate. make sure your L and R buttons stay in place.
    check the print for greasy areas, and clean those with a little alcohol.
    put your controller together, 5 screws and your done.
    took me as a noob 15 minutes for my first controller, 4 minutes for my second. 100% result.

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2009

    Same problem no start or select followed directions and bam fixed Thanks a ton



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your problem will be with the mating surfaces of the switch contacts themselves.
i,ve cleaned several console hand-pads. to find that sweat and food debris mixed together, get under the contact pads.
this is the small piece of carbon ( mounted under the silicone rubber pad ) inside the controller.
these should be wiped with a cotton bud, swabbed in a small amount of lighter fluid ( or methylated spirits ) and wiped clean.
re-assemble controller.
check the cable for signs of wear, also the controller port mating surfaces should be shiny copper connections. if these are not mating with the controller, then no signal is being transmitted between the pad and input ports.
look carefully, if any pins are lower than others, take a fine electrical screwdriver or needle, and gently bend the pin upwards, so that they all align at the same height.
Failing this, you have faults on you controller port input sockets.
these can be replaced, as they,re ribbon cabled to the mainboard. this is a job if your electrically competant.
Hope this helps.
Mike @ Compurepair.
p.s if it was simple, everyone would be doing it :)

Posted on Feb 23, 2008


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