Fix a Worn Out Game Controller with Aluminum Foil

By Jason Fitzpatrick on January 26th, 2012

If you’ve logged so many hours playing Call of Duty you’ve worn out the buttons on your controller, don’t blow your money on a new one–repair it with this simple hack.

The majority of game controllers, remote controls, and other devices with push-buttons use a simple rubber conductive pad beneath the button to form a contact with the circuitry of the controller. When that pad wears out, the button either needs to be pressed too firmly for comfortable play or it can’t be effectively pressed at all. Viktor, a tinker with a bent for economical solutions, wanted to repair his Xbox 360 control on the cheap. He did so by using nothing more than a torx screw driver (to open the controller body) and some supplies from his kitchen and office (like a paper punch, tape, and aluminum foil). In the photo above you can see how he simply punched new contact points out of the aluminum foil and attached them to the backs of the buttons with two-sided tape. Now when the button depresses, a solid contact is made between the circuit and the conductive material on the back of the button.

Hit up the link below for a detailed walk through of the technique.

Fixing a Worn Out Remote Control [via Hacked Gadgets]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/26/12
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