Posted 21 January 2007 - 05:56 PM
The LEDs shouldn't light up until you turn the controller on, if they're turning on as soon as you put the battery pack in then that controller has another problem. Without a multi meter you're not gonna be able to do checks for me so I can tell what's going on where on the board. I really don't see what ya could have done to made it get in that condition, though you should be running a couple of Resistors with that Transistor, but that wouldn't cause the issue you're having with it.
Via = (Vee-uh) They're all those little circles you see all over the board in different spots. They're basically a "tube" that goes thru the board and provides an electrical connection, so the trace on the top can connect to the one on the bottom.
We can do a test right quick, since you don't have a meter, to see if the Via is bad or not anyway. See that row of 4 pins there in the middle of the board? Going by your pics, |1|2|3|4| What you'll need to do is jumper the Left pin |1| to TP1 on the back of the board, it's next to the Left Trigger at the very . Solder a wire in place to make that connection from the one spot to the other. The TP1 spot is a Test Point and you can get new solder onto it very easily to get the wire to "stick" there. Once you have that jumper wire in place, see if the controller powers up or not and let me know.