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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by mpm, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. mpm

    mpm Guest

    I have an old Super NES (Nintendo Game from the late 80's?) to give to
    the niece & nephews, but it has a problem.
    Hoping someone here has experience with these... Some games will not
    play at all. Others will occasionally play - (which SEEM to be
    related to either reset button, or wiggeling the cartridge sometimes
    helps - but not all the time - and sometimes not at all. In other
    words - It could still just be random). Other games play just fine,
    every time, no problem whatsoever.

    I know I should take an eraser to the SuperNES game cartridge
    connector.. I intend to clean that.

    Is there anything inside the game cartridges that could wear out?
    I've not opened one yet - (will require glue to re-close?) But I
    assume it's just an onld-style EPROM and maybe a cap inside? Maybe
    in the non-working/flaky games the cap dried out?? (Total SWAG)

    I guess my question is: What was the most common failure with these
    game consoles??
    And of course, and hints or suggestions are appreciated before I get
    the screwdrivers out.

    Thanks.
    -mpm
     
  2. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Guest

    Did you blow in the cartridge?

    Tim
     
  3. mpm

    mpm Guest

    No, but I'll clean those connections today too.
    I did find a Wiki article on the earlier Nintendo model, and it said
    some of the games have a "keep-alive" memory battery for storing game
    progress / results.

    I assume if the battery dies (which is almost certainly the case on
    some of these cartridges), that you lose the ability to save a game
    midway, but that it would still work in all other respects.??

    Anyway, that's one more thing to try....

    Thanks.
     
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