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I bought a SMS on eBay, and the seller said it was broken.  It was described as "no up or right movement".  Sure enough, when I got it, that was the case.  It looked like someone had dropped something right on the left controller port.  I got a good deal on it.  I figured it would be worth the gamble.


I was able to fix the "Up" portion just by resoldering pin 1 on the P1 controller connector.  But resoldering pin 4 did not fix "right".  I ended up testing continuity with a volt-meter and figured there was a bad trace between Pin 4 and the weird buffer looking part on the board.  So I ended up putting in a wire between the two...and now it works!  I'm so excited. 

Please pardon the poor solder job.  I will clean it up.  For now, I just wanted to see if that would fix it, and it did. 

And for kamikaze -- this particular SMS has Hang-On built in.




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It's so weird....I have one of those power-base converters for Genesis....but I wanted a "real" SMS just the same. 



I don't think that's weird at all. Back in the 16-Bit days I was fortunate enough to have a Super Famicom that had been brought over from Japan before SNES was released in the United States. In the beginning it wowed people. A year later I'd have snide clerks in game stores say to me "Why do you have a Super Famicom? They make converters, why don't you just use a converter on SNES?" Well because I don't want to lol. What's the fun in that? I want my hands on real hardware, real history. Particularly with something like Sega Master System. I want to play and feel exactly what we would have just bringing that sucker home from Toys R Us some Friday night in 1987 and hooking it up for the first time. It's nice to have that. And to keep that alive in some way.



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Here she is all cleaned up and put back together.  I also got a close-up of the damage above the controller port that probably broke the trace.


Both controllers work perfectly, but one is missing the plastic pad.  How the heck does that happen???  I need to keep my eye out for a donor controller.





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That is an excellent and easy fix! Glad you got it working again. The SMS is left out of things too much and while I never owned one originally back in the day, that doesn't mean it doesn't have good games for it! 


Now you need to stick an FM board in that bad boy!

See what I'm up to over at the Ivory Tower Collections: http://www.youtube.com/ivorytowercollections


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