So today I finally installed the I-PAC controller which should alleviate some of the non-responsiveness issues relating to the use of a keyboard controller to drive input.
However, I did notice while I was there that the down arrow on player 2′s joystick is non-responsive outside of the input mechanism. While I can not be sure that this is not caused by a loose wire, I did test for this situation and didn’t find any circuitry issues while there.
As far as we can remember, the micro-switches responsible for detecting inputs are replaceable from the bottom of the control panel, and we hope to replace the switch in time for Freeplay ’11 tomorrow, but there is no guarantee of this happening.
While I was going to initially write this blog post with information that we potentially may have to go ahead to Freeplay ’11 without the down arrow working for player 2, it now seems very unlikely that this will actually be the case. If all goes according to plan, I will have successfully replaced the micro-switch by tomorrow afternoon.
In the event that we are unable to replace the micro-switch for Freeplay ’11, I’ll write another blog post regarding how we’re going to proceed on this matter, but for now, there’s no need to see this as a situation that will occur.