Spilt beer on controller - buttons sticking - help?

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#1 Posted by -Silent--Death- (1365 posts) -

So today I go to play my Xbox 360 and find that X, Y and B are all sticking really bad and reek of alcohol. Go fiqures, last night I gave it to my mate to borrow. Last time I do that.

Anyway, firstly how do I pull the controller apart? I thought a normal screw driver would've done that, but I got no idea whats needed there. Secondly, what then? Is there a way to clean the buttons from the bottom / sides or is my controller pretty much screwed?

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#2 Posted by destinhpark (4823 posts) -
Haha, of course you spilt beer...
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#3 Posted by -Silent--Death- (1365 posts) -

Whats that supposed to mean?

Also, just read somewhere else a Phillips does it? What size? I can't seem to get it to work, there's like a round thing in the middle of it.

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#4 Posted by destinhpark (4823 posts) -

It's just funny, on a video game forum. It's never, I split coke or lemonade. It's "I spilt an acolholic beverage on my controller"

Classic.

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#5 Posted by haven79 (707 posts) -
dont give your stuff to drunks
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#6 Posted by quader_ac400 (801 posts) -
dont give your stuff to drunkshaven79
Thats a good idea
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#7 Posted by ewmgreendawg (530 posts) -
beer is for pansies. real men break their controllers by spilling blood on them.
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#8 Posted by PMatt722 (935 posts) -

beer is for pansies. real men break their controllers by spilling blood on them.ewmgreendawg

yeah my Y button was sticking for a while because of my gums were bleeding(doritios poked me) and i felt it and iwasnt paying attention with blood on my fingers 8)

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#9 Posted by jakedogg14 (665 posts) -

[QUOTE="ewmgreendawg"]beer is for pansies. real men break their controllers by spilling blood on them.PMatt722

yeah my Y button was sticking for a while because of my gums were bleeding(doritios poked me) and i felt it and iwasnt paying attention with blood on my fingers 8)

Doritos are dangerous.

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#10 Posted by -Silent--Death- (1365 posts) -

So anyone gonna answer the question? I can't get the bottom two screws out, and I'm not using the right screw driver.

It says use a phillips, but a phillips doesn't fit!

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#11 Posted by MouldsLP (984 posts) -
seems dangerous.....http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=430626&seqNum=5&rl=1
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#12 Posted by Dude12345678900 (509 posts) -

I'm thinking about doing the same, I think I spilled some sprite on my A-button by mistake =\

well, find a hexagon-shaped head, one that doesn't have the centre. Go to a hardware store, and bring your controller. Find someone that can help you find one. Or at least ask what they would recommend, I don't think there are hexagon-shaped heads :P

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#13 Posted by -Silent--Death- (1365 posts) -

I actually have a hexagon shaped head, but I'm now thinking I should break the pin.

Why is this site

http://hubpages.com/hub/Xbox_360_Controller_Repair

Saying use a phillips?

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#14 Posted by MouldsLP (984 posts) -

did you read this? they say break it off or something, it is from 2005

http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=430626&seqNum=5&rl=1

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#15 Posted by -Silent--Death- (1365 posts) -
Yea, that's why I'm now considering breaking it off, but then without that center pin it still doesn't make it a phillips does it?
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#16 Posted by MouldsLP (984 posts) -
no but without that you wouldnt need a phillips?
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#18 Posted by Magical_Zebra (7960 posts) -

So anyone gonna answer the question? I can't get the bottom two screws out, and I'm not using the right screw driver.

It says use a phillips, but a phillips doesn't fit!

-Silent--Death-

Take the batteries out of the controller. Take the controller and run a LITTLE bit of water over the affected buttons. DO NOT put the batteries back in the controller. Keep the controller turned upside down over a towel/rag for 8-10 hours to ENSURE all the water gets out. Put the batteries back in, your good to go. Water and electric currents dont mix in electronics, thats why you take the batteries out.

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#19 Posted by matty4321 (47 posts) -
Why drink beer anyways? I hear it tastes bad.
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#20 Posted by aco512 (555 posts) -

a lot of worthless post in this thread

i would try using alcohol and a q-tip before i open up the controller

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#21 Posted by Vudu_Line (1571 posts) -

So anyone gonna answer the question? I can't get the bottom two screws out, and I'm not using the right screw driver.

It says use a phillips, but a phillips doesn't fit!

-Silent--Death-

Before you tear the controller apart try rubbing a cotton swab dipped in denatured alcohol around the button. It SHOULD get rid of the sticky gunk around the base of the button. Granted this only works if you actually have denatured alcohol lying around the house. The other option is to find a torx screwdriver to take your controller apart. Hope my 2 cents helps.:D

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#22 Posted by unmach (352 posts) -
Beer, lol. Beer wouldn't make the buttons sticky, unless it was malt liquor maybe. Anyway, I wager you spilled your capri sun pouch of fruit punch on your controller:lol: Either way, take the whole thing apart and clean everything, much easier then you would think, I took mine apart for the exact same reason. Guide button sticky from some soda or what not.
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#23 Posted by Ironfungus (1123 posts) -

So today I go to play my Xbox 360 and find that X, Y and B are all sticking really bad and reek of alcohol. Go fiqures, last night I gave it to my mate to borrow. Last time I do that.

Anyway, firstly how do I pull the controller apart? I thought a normal screw driver would've done that, but I got no idea whats needed there. Secondly, what then? Is there a way to clean the buttons from the bottom / sides or is my controller pretty much screwed?

-Silent--Death-

Solution: Don't drink beer. It's bad for you ;)

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#24 Posted by zael99 (369 posts) -
I think you have to use a Torx screw driver. I know you needed that for the Original Xbox.
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#25 Edited by I_KILL_YOU_259 (25 posts) -

@-Silent--Death-:This is a very simple fix, drop and/or rub rubbing alcohol on the affected buttons, this should free them up. Just use a little though.

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#26 Posted by commandokock (502 posts) -

next time drink rubbing alcohol so when you spill it on the buttons itll clean the sticky residue out.

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#27 Posted by metswonin69 (1094 posts) -

I have used this trick before on other controllers, but it may not work for you. What you do is take a normal toothbrush that nobody uses and dampen the bristles with warm water. Then use the bristles to clean the inside of the buttons on your controller. I can't promise that it will work but it is worth a shot.

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#28 Edited by remaGloohcSdlO (4152 posts) -

It is a Torx bit you need (the type needed for the screw with the pin is also referred to as a "security Torx"). Breaking the pin won't hurt anything, it'll just allow either style Torx bit to be used... Leaving the pin will require the security Torx bit.

I forget the size you'll need.

You can get them online for a few dollars. If you have a Harbor Freight near you then you can get a whole set cheap.

Keep in mind that taking it apart will void any warranty and bigger game stores like GameStop will not take them on trade once opened. They will know it's been opened due to one of the screws being behind a decal.

Try the alcohol trick and toothbrush thing first.., if that works you'll keep it's trade value intact (and any warranty).

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#29 Edited by sukraj (26440 posts) -

freaken beer drinkers