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Hi, I'm trying to do the NES controller/mp3 player hack, and I bought a player small enough that the guts all fit into the available space in the controller case. However, it came with an on/off slide switch, and I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to modify that to the START and SELECT buttons instead.

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mpilchfamily (author)2013-01-25

You will need to add a bit of circuitry to the setup. What you need is call a soft latching power switch circuit. Here is a video that will show you how to make a very small one perfect for this project.This will allow you to use a single push button to turn the thing on and off. With a bit of tweaking you can have one for on and one for off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Foc9R0dC2iI

BTW Dave's videos are great and worth checking out.

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killerjackalope (author)2013-01-24

You could cut the board around there and use the buttons to press either side of a rocker switch, or use a click in switch on one...

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