Having problems with your Microsoft SideWinder Force Feedback 2 Joystick ?

Dead Sidewinder2 Force Feedback

\015 Accidently spilled water on my Sidewinder 2 FF last week. It started twitching a few times here and there, but I had it unplugged imediately. Someone had told me to just let it sit and dry. Well I let it dry for a week and all I get is the light flashing, which I can only surmise there is no power working. I took it apart tonight to see about this "fuse" people are talking about. I don't see anything to actually take out fuse wise, nor does anything look damaged. I took off the controll board and I do see a little white residue around the main cpu chip on the board and a little on a few other things.\015\012Is my control board fried?\015\012If so, does anyone know where to get a new one or am I stuck having to buy another SWFF2?\015\012Or am I looking at the power board incorrectly?\015

Answers :

OK please don't underrate me for telling you the truth your controller is dead.. there is no magic word or driver or can of cleaner you can use to bring it back. that white residue around the main CPU is most likely caused from corrosion in other words water has shorted it out. but not all is lost because I lost mine the same way you did and I refused to give up on it. to be honest I was just too cheap to go buy another so I turned to ebay. I purchased a used one there for a total of $10.00 that had missing buttons and a busted handle I purchased it immediately and when I got it in I took my handle and buttons and placed them on the controller from ebay. It worked perfectly and I could not have been more happy. if this sounds like something you can do you can fix it for next to nothing.... I hope this has been of some help
You may be able to salvage it by going to an electronics store and purchasing some contact cleaner.
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\015\012Open up the controller and spray the contact cleaner over any electronic and metal parts.
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\015\012It may be a little late now since it's been sitting for a week but then again you may get lucky.
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