I'll show you how. Here's what you will need:
4-5 white leds, 3mm
Appropriate resistor for wiring your leds in parallel Check it out here
Solder, Soldering iron, flux
30 gauge wire. 2 colors works best
Hot glue gun and ammo
Read this entire tut before you start so you know what to expect!
I take no responsibility for anything you might do that screws up your controller. No one held a gun to your head and made you do this mod.
Open up your controller. Don't forget that 7th screw under the sticker!
When you get to your ABXY buttons, pull them out.
Use a 1/8" bit and dremel out the white part between the four posts. Don't go too deep or you will mess up the letter. Use an x-acto knife to clear out the crap the dremel left behind, and sharply blow into the button to blow the rest out.
Mark your leds so you can tell between the cathode (-) and the anode (+). I marked my cathodes with a black sharpie. You can do whatever you want, but keep it consistent and remember which one you marked.
Check your leds for fit in the buttons. Bend the nodes in the directions they will lie. Make sure you will have room for the nodes and wires, and you can't just have them point in any direction. You can just bend them the way I did if you don't understand.
Note: I removed the plastic under the jewel for an extension of this mod, thus the need for a possibility of 5 leds. The lighting of my controller jewel is indirectly related to this button mod, so evidence of it is included in this tutorial. You can choose to do this too, or just do the buttons.
Drill holes in the sides of the buttons where you will pass the nodes through. Do not put them too deep on the button. The farther away from the "end" of the button you put them, the more you will have to dremel away later, and the harder it will be to put the led into the button.
Install the led into the buttons. It's tricky but you will figure it out. After installed, trim the nodes down until only 1/8" sticks out from the button. Make sure you can stick see your marks to tell the nodes apart.
Use your cutting disk on the dremel to clear room for the nodes. Use an x-acto to clear away the crap again. Make sure the button moves smoothly or you'll regret it later when your needler doesn't fire on time.
Take two lengths of your 30 gauge wire, about 7" long. Strip the ends and tin them. Hot glue one end of each as shown, leaving the end exposed and being careful not to place it where the memory cart slot will sit. What you are doing is creating a terminal where the buttons will attach. Hot glue the wires down to get them out of the way.
Attach lengths of wire to each of your buttons nodes. Once again, use two colors, keep it consistent, and remember which color stands for which node.
Edited by ahoatam, 17 October 2004 - 06:32 PM.