Strong Bob, on 27th August 2007, 2:11am, said:
Sounds like general wear, probably a sensor no longer functioning. (Though I'm not wholly literate in how a Joystick is built, unfortunately.)
I encountered something similar long ago with my original Flightstick, and the two flightsticks I had to replace it. When I got the Flightstick Pro, that thing lasted me to this day.
ALthough I am confident CH no longer builds it.
Thanks for the info. Since I've placed an order for a new stick, I took the old one apart (partly out of interest to see if there was anything that could be done e.g. a gunked up switch, and partly out of sheer morbid curiosity)
I've managed to familiarize myself with some aspects of it's functionality. I found that there are 2 sensors, presumably X+- and y+- (I probably have those axes wrong, but I'm sure you get the idea)
The mechanism, while seemingly complex in it's construction, simply allows the x/y motion to be translated in to rotation. My current working theory is that the "sensors" are probably variable resistors. minimum and maximum resistance being the most extreme point on each axis. Then it's a matter of converting this analogue signal to something digitally encoded.
Don't try this at home, unless your joystick is finished in which case - Try this at home!
(It's just a shame I can't afford a HOTAS stick, especially one based on F-16 controls