Dual Shock 2 FAQ by ATadeo

Version: 1.0 | Updated: 05/08/01 | Printable Version

                        D U A L   S H O C K   2  F A Q
               FAQ for the Playstation 2 Dual Shock 2 Controller
                                 Version 1.0
                              Model: SCPH-10010
                                By: "A" Tadeo
                            Created: May 8, 2001
                           Date last Updated: n/a
                     Mail me at: aaron20@edsamail.com.ph
                      Home Page: http://surf.to/aaronph


Greetings again! Here I am exploring new horizons again. Iíll just explain to 
you what you need to know about the Sony Playstation 2 Dual Shock 2 
Controller (SCPH-10010). How to use it and how to take care of it for your 
gaming pleasure. Hopefully, Iíll be able to go as in-depth as I can to 
explain it. If ever I commit any mistake, please feel free to send in your 
corrections/suggestions. They will be most welcome. 

Now, my goals in writing this FAQ is to let owners of PS2s to have a greater 
experience by knowing more about the Dual Shock 2 Controller. Take note that 
Iím putting everything in my own words. That means, Iíll be explaining almost 
everything from experience. Also, the layout Iíll be using would be 
Frequently Asked Questions Style. Here we go.

                  I.     Updates/Revisions
                  II.    The Dual Shock 2 Controller
                         A. Why is it called Dual Shock 2?
                         B. How do I use it?
                         C. What does Analog Control mean?
                         D. What does Analog Buttons mean?
                         E. How do I know if I have an Original Controller?
                         F. Some issues regarding the Dual Shock 2 Controller
                            1. Third-party Controllers
                            2. Compatibility                     
                            3. Warranty
                  III.   Taking Care of your Controller/Troubleshooting
                  IV.    Credits and Acknowledgements

                        THE DUAL SHOCK 2 CONTROLLER

Manufacturer:   Sony
For use with:   Sony Playstation 2 (tm) Console, Sony Playstation and PS One
Model no:       SCPH-10010 u / 97026
Retail Price:   $24.99


Just like its predecessor, the Dual Shock controller for the PS, the Dual 
Shock 2 controller features vibration function and analog controls for the 
Sony Playstation 2 Console. But then, the Dual Shock 2 looks the same as the 
Dual Shock controller. They both have 2 Analog Sticks, X, Triangle, Square, 
Circle, L and R buttons and a D-Pad all in the same location. The only 
difference is the Analog Buttons (see its section below).


Itís quite simple, just plug in your Controller in the Controller Slot 1 or 2 
at the front of the console. 2 Grips are available for comfort in playing and 
the buttons are well-placed so that youíll have easy access to all of them. 
Now, with regards to the games, you can easily customize them (on most games) 
within the game itself. If you want to switch to Analog Control, press the 
Analog button in the center of the controller. The LED display will light up 
beneath the button. 


Analog controls will give you much stability and precision in your games. 
Example, your character in a game will walk if you slightly push the analog 
stick and runs when you push the stick all the way. Most likely, the Analog 
functions work in harmony with the Directional Pad. Letís say you move using 
the D-Pad and change the camera view using the Analog Stick.


This is a cool feature of the Dual Shock 2 Controller. Just like the Analog 
Sticks, the Analog Buttons (X, Triangle, Square, etc.) will give you much 
precision while playing. A perfect example would be racing games, where how 
hard you press the button determines how the gas pedal is forced down. Unlike 
in the PS, the buttons will only function 2 ways. Either activated or not. 
The PS2 will let you take absolute control of the game. Although this is only 
a supported feature, some games may not utilize it.


First of all, consider where you bought your Controller. If you bought it 
from respectable stores (or online stores for that matter) you need not 
worry. Samples are Toys Ďr Us, Electronics Boutique, Amazon.com, and much 

Now, to know if your controller is an original by looking at the controller 
and packaging itself, you can do it in many ways. First, Original controllers 
comes with your PS2 consoles so if you have only one controller, itís an 
original one if it came from the console. Now, for retail controllers (those 
that are sold separately), you can check it packaging by looking at the Sony 
logo as well as the Playstation logos. You should also check the Model 
number. The model number is SCPH-10010. Also, buying from friends or other 
non-retail or wholesale person may net you a controller that isnít original. 
So, donít be afraid to ask if it is an original one and ask them a proof that 
it is definitely an original one.


1. Third Party Controllers

Right now, there are lots of third-party companies that make Dual Shock 2 
controllers. Examples are Nyko, Pelican, Mad Catz, etc. These controllers 
have their own design and thus they have their own advantages and 
disadvantages from the Original Dual Shock 2.

Some advantages are Turbo Functions that enables your button to be pressed 
numerous times by just holding the button. Another advantage is the 
programmable function. You can program a button to function as 2 or more 
buttons pressed at the same time. One more advantage is that some Controllers 
are remote controlled so you can just relax and finally forget worrying about 
tripping the cord of the controller. But most likely, the controls are 
sluggish. Thatís the disadvantage. Another disadvantage would be comfort. 
Some controllers (no offense) are designed improperly and will give you 
discomfort in holding them. Examples are: buttons are far away from each 
other, the grips are too big, the grips are short, the buttons doesnít work 
sometimes, the Analog Controls arenít precise, and sometimes the rubber of 
the buttons wear out quickly.

It would hurt to buy third-party controller as they give new ideas on how to 
control your game. Whatís not good is to buy bootleg controllers. Those that 
try to copy the Dual Shock 2. First, they arenít supported by Sony in any 
way, and most likely their performance is very much substandard. 

2. Compatibility

If you may ask, the Dual Shock 2 CAN be used, I repeat, can be used on your 
Playstation or PS One consoles. It works pretty much the same except for the 
fact that PS games arenít capable of Analog button function as the PS2 does. 
But you can just take it for fun and try it on your PS. =)

3. Warranty

The Memory Card has a 90-day warranty from Sony. It is stated that it is only 
applicable in the US or Canada only and factory defects are the only ones 
covered by the warranty. Accidents arenít covered in most cases but itís rare 
(examples are: when you have your Controller shipped through a Courier 
Service and the damage was incurred during its delivery). 

What will void your warranty? Here are some instances. Opening up the 
controller and modifying or replacing the contents of the controller, 
accidents such are tripped cord (by tripping from it or cutting it 
deliberately) and button wear out. Basically, just do what the Dual Shock 2 
is intended for and youíll be just fine. Dual Shock and Dual Shock 2s are 
known for longevity.

                      TAKING CARE OF YOUR CONTROLLER

Proper care of your Playstation 2 Dual Shock 2 Controller will ensure long 
life. Iíll enumerate everything in this section according to what you should 
do and what you must not do.

Things you should do...

1. Before playing, plug in your controller firmly and gently in and out the 
controller port of the Playstation 2 console.
2. When storing your PS2, remove the controller from the controller port.
3. Keep it in a safe place after usage where it has room temperature.
4. Placing the controller in the case or inside the PS2 box is also 

Things that you must not do are...

1. Do not yank the controller by the cord.
2. Do not forcefully plug-in or pull-out the controller from the port.
3. Do not experiment on opening up your controller and mess around with 
   whatís inside.
4. Do not dump/submerge it in liquids.
5. Do not try to cut the cord at any time.
6. Donít throw your controller or step on it when you lose.
7. Finally, do not try to cut the cord and do something that will enable it 
   on other systems.

As you can see there are a more things that you should not do than the things 
you should do. There your have it, just follow these and Iím sure your Dual 
Shock 2 Controller will live a happy long life. 


Sometimes the inevitable happens and something weird happen to your 
controller. There are lots of things involved here and Iíll list the most 
common problems you might encounter.

Problem:  The controls arenít responding
Probable Causes: The controller is not plugged-in correctly. The controller 
          is damaged. You forgot to initialize the button setting for this 
          particular game.
Solution: Check that the controller is firmly placed in the controller port 
          and the best way to check if it is damaged is to test it in the 
          menu of the Sony Playstation 2. If it works, try to set the button 
          configuration in your game.

Problem:  My controller doesnít fit in the controller port
Probable Causes: Youíre using a non-PS2 controller
Solution: Read the manual of your controller and make sure it is compatible 
          with your console.

Problem:  The controls are sluggish and respond quite late
Probable Causes: The controller may be worn-out
Solution: First, check with various games if the controller is still 
          sluggish. If it is, then thereís a possibility that you need a 
          replacement for your controller. Of course, this happens very 
          rarely and will be likely to occur after years of usage.

Problem:  The vibration function doesnít work
Probable Causes: The controller is damaged, you didnít activate the vibration 
          function in a particular game youíre playing.
Solution: Check if you enabled the vibration function within the game youíre 
          playing. Take note that some does not support vibration function. 
          If it is enabled and the controller doesnít vibrate during times 
          when it should be, the controller is most likely to be already 
          worn-out. You may need to buy a new controller to have a vibration 

Problem:  The cord accidentally fell off, or cut
Probable Causes: accidents or the one you bought is substandard
Solution: When the cord is cut, you can still repair it yourself by 
          connecting the different wires with matching colors. If it doesnít 
          work, youíll need to buy a new controller. Also, some bootleg, or 
          even third-party controllers, have substandard controller where the 
          wires arenít attached correctly and might induce the falling off of 
          your controllerís cord.

Problem:  My Dual Shock 2 doesnít work on my PS
Probable Causes: Third-party or bootleg controllers
Solution: This happens mostly on third-party or bootleg controllers. So my 
          advice is, use an original one from Sony.

Problem:  The Analog stick doesnít work and the indicator isnít lit
Probable Causes: The controller is damaged. You forgot to activate the analog 
Solution: Check the Analog function of your sticks on various games and 
          configure them to use Analog controls. If you canít activate it in 
          the game, or even by pressing the button in the indicator, your 
          controllerís analog functions might be defective. But most of the 
          time, when this happens, you can still use the other buttons.


- Very Special thanks to Sony for bringing to us the best gaming console and 
for their excellent Dual Shock 2 controller, now with Analog Buttons.

- And last but absolutely not the least, thanks to GameFAQs where you can 
view and download this FAQ. CjayC deserves all the credits given to him. 

These are all that I would like to thank as of now. If I happen to forget 
anyone, please inform me. Iíll check it out on my inbox if you really have 
something to be credited (I never delete important ones). Note, that if there 
are same info sent to me, it is on a first come first serve basis. Any 
suggestions, comments, additions, etc. will be duly credited to you once 
youíve submitted one to me through my e-mail address written at the very top 
of this FAQ. Thank you very much!

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