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Is it possible to bend tension back into atari 2600 joystick contact domes?

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So I got these two ataris, just got them working. I was testing out the controllers and most of them have problems with the joystick not reacting. I opened them up, cleaned them, still have the problem. Than I pushed down on some of the contacts and realized they didn't have any tension. So can I bend them back or should I just suck it up and pay 25$ to buy 25 contacts off ebay?

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Best Electronics have replacement PCBs with gold contacts. Might be worth a look at their web site.

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We used to replace the domes with half razor blades (split in half along the long side). The blade can be attached in the center, below the metal ring, and right there you can put a little bit of paper to lift it up. It was a lore more 'loose' than the original contact dome, but it was durable.


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Is it possible to bend tension back into atari 2600 joystick contact domes?

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So I got these two ataris, just got them working. I was testing out the controllers and most of them have problems with the joystick not reacting. I opened them up, cleaned them, still have the problem. Than I pushed down on some of the contacts and realized they didn't have any tension. So can I bend them back or should I just suck it up and pay 25$ to buy 25 contacts off ebay?


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Best Electronics have replacement PCBs with gold contacts. Might be worth a look at their web site.

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Fair enough. Just thought I'd mention them as an alternative to buying contacts off ebay as Best bought most of the Atari warehouse when they closed down. - PeterI Dec 2 '16 at 12:53

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