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I was just given an Atari 2600 for Christmas and the controllers do not work. The red trigger button works but the joystick does not, on either side. Is this something that can be corrected or is the unit defective?

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It has dirty contacts so you unscrew the bottom then put some contact cleaner in it then move the joystick around alot for a good 5 minuets so the cleaner will clean it then the joystick will work

Posted on Jan 02, 2011

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