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Date Posted: 21:16:19 10/26/06 Thu
Author: andrew
Subject: Vectrex Joystick Question

Hi,

I've just come into my first Vectrex, and have a question:

The joystick on the controller only has tension if I move it from side to side (east-west). If I move it up or down (north-south), it tends to stay where it is.

Is this joystick broken, or is it supposed to be that way?


(Oh, had the system set up tonight and my 12 year old was getting a kick out of it. He'd never seen anything like it!)

Thanks for your help,

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[> Re: Vectrex Joystick Question -- VectrexMad!, 19:14:10 09/22/07 Sat

>Hi,
>
>I've just come into my first Vectrex, and have a
>question:
>
>The joystick on the controller only has tension if I
>move it from side to side (east-west). If I move it up
>or down (north-south), it tends to stay where it is.
>
>Is this joystick broken, or is it supposed to be that
>way?
>
>
>(Oh, had the system set up tonight and my 12 year old
>was getting a kick out of it. He'd never seen anything
>like it!)
>
>Thanks for your help,

ok, this reply is many months late, but I answer here in case other Vectrex users have the same problem in the future. You say the joystick on the controller only has tension if moved from side to side. If you move it up/down there is no tension. In other words the joystick does not self centre in the up/down direction. This indicates that the spring for the up/down self centre is broken. This is a common fault for a well used controller. If you look at the Vectrex FAQ it gives solutions to fix this, but it requires the controller sticker to be removed from the top of the controller - which is quite difficult.
regards
VectrexMad!

>The joystick on the controller only has tension if I
>move it from side to side (east-west). If I move it up
>or down (north-south), it tends to stay where it is.

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