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Videopac / Odyssey2 => Hardware => Topic started by: Blueleader on June 30, 2014, 11:30:54 PM



Title: Repair/Servicing Odyssey2/Videopac Controller
Post by: Blueleader on June 30, 2014, 11:30:54 PM
Here i want to share my experience of repairing Odyssey2/Videopac Controller

Click on an Image will open a bigger one.
This are the tools i used.
(http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3798k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3798.JPG)

Interesting with the Odyssey 2 Controller is, there are 2 differences.
First, there is a hemispherical plastic on the lever (the european variant is here full metal) and there is an additional washer.
(http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3752k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3752.JPG)

Since disassembly was already described elsewhere, I show here only how do I remove the Speed nut.
I bend it gently with pliers and then push him to the top.
(http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3624k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3624.JPG)

If you go with the pliers to bend the Speed nut flat, you can use him again.
(http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3630k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3630.JPG)(http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3762k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3762.JPG)

After I cleaned all the parts carefully, I lubricate out the hemisphere (O2) / ball (VP) of the joystick lever and then put this one into the case.
As a lubricant, I use normal grease which I have filled in a syringe with a plastic cannula.
So you can measure out perfectly fine.
(http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3753k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3753.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3754k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3754.JPG)
Odyssey 2

(http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3616k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3616.JPG)
Videopac

Before I mount the Dirtshield, I filled up the Hole with grease too.
(http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3755k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3755.JPG)

Also, I lubricate the Actionbutton with a drop of clock oil.
(http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3765k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3765.JPG)

Joysticks with filmcontacts sometimes are oxidized. I cleaned the contacts CAREFULLY with a Glass Fibre Eraser. 2x light pressure is usually sufficient.
Left before, right after cleaning.
(http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3747k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3747.JPG)

Joystics with mechanical directionswitches you can clean with a fine sandpaper.
I used a P180. Cut a narrow strip that fits this into the switch.
First rough side up then push moderate on the switch and pull the sandpaper through. Normaly 1-2 times are enough. Same with rough side down.
I did this on all 8 switches.
(http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3614k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3614.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3615k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3615.JPG)

Where the Actionbutton press on the filmcontact, I put 1-2 layers of fabric tape. I read this on another site.
(http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3621k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3621.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3768k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3768.JPG)

Thatís all. I hope it is a little help.
(http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3769k.JPG) (http://mindworx.at/Videopac/IMG_3769.JPG)


Title: Re: Repair/Servicing Odyssey2/Videopac Controller
Post by: Ozyr on July 01, 2014, 02:44:41 AM
Very, very nicely done! Thank you for posting this. :)


Title: Re: Repair/Servicing Odyssey2/Videopac Controller
Post by: Janzl on July 01, 2014, 03:49:00 PM
Nice explanation, thanks!


Title: Re: Repair/Servicing Odyssey2/Videopac Controller
Post by: Sweersa on July 01, 2014, 11:39:33 PM
Thank you for the information and pictures!  I use rubbing alcohol to clean the washer and the plastic piece the spring pushes into the washer with rubbing alcohol, and then a light coat of synthetic motor oil before wiping it down.  I do the same with the washer using a q tip.  They look nearly brand new and are really smooth after that.

To clean the dirt/grime out of the little channels in the face plate of the controller, I use a little water and dish soap with a toothbrush to get in the hard to reach places.


Title: Re: Repair/Servicing Odyssey2/Videopac Controller
Post by: byonddrivn on July 20, 2015, 11:18:44 PM
I don't understand what I'm doing wrong. I took apart my player 1 controller to give it a good cleaning and I tried following the steps to lube it back up but I'm getting a lot of thunkin' & clunkin' from the black disc that sits underneath the spring when it slides. I've had the controller apart more times than I can count trying what's posted and variations of it but it doesn't seem to help and now I've taken apart the player 2 controller to see if I was missing something and that one does it too. I haven't cleaned or lubed that one yet tho.


Title: Re: Repair/Servicing Odyssey2/Videopac Controller
Post by: Rene_G7400 on July 21, 2015, 09:25:07 AM
I think the black disc shouldn't be lubricated, but should be cleaned with alcohol instead. In an unmodified controller there is no grease or something like that underneath this disc.


Title: Re: Repair/Servicing Odyssey2/Videopac Controller
Post by: byonddrivn on July 22, 2015, 01:31:46 AM
Thanks Rene, that's good to know. I think I found that out the hard way since my controller wouldn't work last nite. I took it apart and cleaned it to get any oil out, must have used too much the last time I lubed it because it worked fine afterwards but thunks almost twice as much now.