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I plug my atari controller into the system and the button works but the joystick does not. No matter which direction I try to move in the character remains motionless. I have tried multiple controllers including paddles and a two I bought at a store that tests their equipment. Is there any quick fix, or something I am doing wrong? Thanks, Kevin

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Well it might be the controllers ports inside of the system that are broken then so you could
try and resolder the controller ports if not buy a new one then.

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