Ok … just spent hours in my ‘Shed Quarters’ with this controller and I’ve figured it out.
As previously stated, no error messages, red lights or warning triangles etc in the App. I knew I was on the latest firmware but I refreshed anyway … no change. Everything all good to go but no motor start.
I suspected from the outset it was a controller issue and I was correct. In mode 2 the left stick has full range of movement and the correct response. The right stick however doesn’t. Up and down it responds correctly but there is no left and right response therefore no motor start.
I’ll take it all to bits tomorrow and repair it, I will let you know the results. Thanks to those who responded for your efforts.
+++++SOLVED - Controller repairable +++++
So after realising that there was an issue with the right controller joystick, I took it all apart. I removed the right stick mechanism in its entirety and went on the hunt for either a new one or secondhand one. Little did I realise how rare they are. There were many Phantom 3 Adv / Pro controllers for sale for a lot of money but I stumbled across a Company in Surrey called TFix. They were advertising parts for a broken up Phantom 3 Adv / Pro controller. On closer inspection of the pictures, to my mind, the joysticks looked exactly the same as the standard controller. For the sum of £13 with free delivery to me here in Northern Ireland I purchased the item.
This morning (a day earlier than stated) the part arrived. I have just fitted it to my controller, re-calibrated the joysticks through the DJO Go app and ‘hey presto’ … 1 x fully functioning controller. I have just taken the P3S out for a check flight using the repaired controller and all is well.
I will now dissect the broken joystick to see if the issue with it is terminal or otherwise.
Points to note :
- Not every issue with a ‘Controller’ is a software issue. Always try to think of other things, think logically and methodically.
- If you take things apart, do it carefully and know where everything goes. Take pictures if you have to as a reminder.
- Do your ‘homework’ when looking for parts, quite often some parts are interchangeable.
- There are alot of ‘Sharks’ out there charging a lot of money for things that should be cheap. Example, I paid £13 for this with free postage, another seller had a similar item for well over £30 … at least ‘Dick Turpin’ had the courtesy to wear a mask !!!
- Never throw anything away unless you know for fact it is broken / unrepairable / unserviceable.
I hope this is of some use to anyone who may be experiencing similar issues.