Saitek X-56 Rhino

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Re: Saitek X-56 Rhino

Postby Lanceor » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:22 pm

It was the grey castle hat. The down direction lost its "click" within a fortnight of the last RMA. Since then it has been producing multiple clicks and stuck in the down position on occasion. Last night it just stopped working completely.

The failed spring mechanism appears to be inside a black-box component that can't be pulled apart (circled red in the picture from a Redditor below - ignore the text though).

Pulling the stick apart and putting it back together tightly seems to have fixed the hat temporarily, but it still doesn't click and it's a matter of time before it fails again.

http://i.imgur.com/0kvwtpL.jpg
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Re: Saitek X-56 Rhino

Postby Lazlo Thon » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:07 pm

Lanceor wrote:It was the grey castle hat. The down direction lost its "click" within a fortnight of the last RMA. Since then it has been producing multiple clicks and stuck in the down position on occasion. Last night it just stopped working completely.

The failed spring mechanism appears to be inside a black-box component that can't be pulled apart (circled red in the picture from a Redditor below - ignore the text though).

Pulling the stick apart and putting it back together tightly seems to have fixed the hat temporarily, but it still doesn't click and it's a matter of time before it fails again.

http://i.imgur.com/0kvwtpL.jpg


I'll send out a word to a fellow friend and wait for reply. In the meantime here is a link for a switch company . I'm located in the U.S. and he is in Canada please forgive the delay. Any numbers on the switch would help. I'll look into it for you and let you know as soon as I can.

http://www.digikey.com/products/switches/en

I should ask do you have any soldering and or circuit repair experience?

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Re: Saitek X-56 Rhino

Postby Lanceor » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:39 pm

Nope, no soldering or circuit repair experience, not that this is a problem in these days with the internet at your fingertips. ;)

But the main problems are a lack of time and tools and the cost of getting parts shipped to Australia; I'm better off just buying new stick rather than attempt any repairs that require more than a screwdriver.
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Re: Saitek X-56 Rhino

Postby Lazlo Thon » Tue Mar 21, 2017 3:10 am

I totally understand. Real life is the priority. I was in a high demand job and required a lot of hours both at work and home. I'm now retired and have a lot more time for my hobbies, Wife, music home ownership and bucket list and of course Elite. Not in that order necessarily. Except of course Wife. I still dabble in electronics and the repair for your job would take about 1 hour and not very difficult. however you do need the proper tools. preferably a solder station, solder remover, working space and good light. and of course the switch. it would have to be the 8 way rotary and not one of the more simple single tactile switches. But still not a difficult job. I'm guessing solder station $50.00 solder remover tool just to make it easier and may not even be required $15.00 solder $5.00 switch $20.00, shipping? Time-Priceless. The biggest cost is in the initial equipment.
Any way good luck with what ever you decide and if I can be of help, please ask. o7 commander and hope to see you in game!


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