On one of my DualShock 3s the L1 has stopped responding. It "feels" OK, presses normally, and from taking the back cover off looks like the rubber pad is being pressed, so I assume the problem lies within the PCB under the rubber pads.

I have a couple of SIXAXISs I can salvage components off, however my technical abilities are limited so I can't really solder anything. Before disassembling my controller further, is it possible to fix the controller without soldering, given I have the replacement parts?

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    Whoever downvoted, care to explain where I can improve my Q? – JohnoBoy Nov 13 '12 at 16:56
  • I think they are concerned that this may not be helpful for others. I disagree with them; hardware questions are allowed in the FAQ. – Mufasa Nov 13 '12 at 19:16
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    there's nothing to really solder in there, I opened my PS2 controller once it stopped responding, it uses the same system as a dome-switch type remote, your best bet would be to replace the L1 rubber – ratchet freak Nov 13 '12 at 21:02

This is really hard to Diagnose over the net. I've never opened any of mines, so I'm not really sure about the specific mechanic/hardware behind the buttons. Judging by pictures that can be found on the internet there's not a lot you can do (also nothing to solder as mentioned above). If there's some rubber pad creating the contact (pushing contacts), this might be the actual issue (in case it's somehow squeezed too hard, too brittle, etc.). You might be able to fix this with a small piece of paper or cardboard being added between rubber and button, but it's also possible the culprit is sitting somewhere else.

Not the most environment friendly solution, but consider how long it takes you to find the actual issue and fix it compared to the price of a new controller. If you want to, you might be able to replace the whole button with all parts involved with those from one of the other controllers (are those broken as well?), but ensure you're not mixing different hardware revisions in case there are differences (don't expect any).

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I think you should be able to buy replacement parts. I twice had to do it because the spring for the R2-Button broke. I bought the springs on ebay and could replace them. It was not too difficult, my little skill was sufficient.

I assume the same applies for the repair of L1.

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