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I have sort of a weird problem. I've had my PlayStation 2 since 2003, and it's always been great about playing games and plugging in peripherals, but today I tried to plug in a PS2 controller and it wasn't recognized by the game console. Puzzled, I searched for another controller and plugged that one in, and that controller also was not recognized by the console.
(shamelessly stolen from Google images to make my explanation easier to understand)
On a PS2 controller plug, there are nine pins in three groups along the plug. Looking closely at the controllers, I see the second pin is missing out of the first group, which would account for the console's inability to recognize these controllers.
The thing is, I swear the controllers had these pins in them before I put them in the console. And I'm definitely sure the second controller I plugged in had those pins. So is my PS2 eating my controllers? It still plays games fine and displays on the TV, but is there any way to look inside to see if there is something caught in the port that's breaking these pins off?