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Hey guys. I have an M Network cart that has never worked. Board and pins are clean and everything seems to be in good condition. Now I know games sometimes fry but I have never had a game I could not get going.

Here are images of the board and the games symptoms. Is anything out of place here, maybe something I just can't see with my non tech eye or should I just let it walk quietly into that dark night????

Thanks

 

EDIT*** Its Masters of the Universe The Power of He-Man if that is important to know.

 

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Try a green 3M Scotchpad.  Those work great on edge connectors.

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If that doesn't work, try a piece of fine-grit sandpaper.

If that doesn't work, that cart is dead.  That board uses COB (chip-on-board), so there's no option to reflow any solder joints.  If you're really bored, you can fill in all the pass-through holes on the pcb with solder, but beyond that, there's nothing else you can do.

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On 12/27/2018 at 10:45 PM, Scott Stilphen said:

 

 

On 12/27/2018 at 10:45 PM, Scott Stilphen said:

Try a green 3M Scotchpad.  Those work great on edge connectors.

70-0716-5898-6-2.jpg?1494934160

If that doesn't work, try a piece of fine-grit sandpaper.

If that doesn't work, that cart is dead.  That board uses COB (chip-on-board), so there's no option to reflow any solder joints.  If you're really bored, you can fill in all the pass-through holes on the pcb with solder, but beyond that, there's nothing else you can do.

 

On 12/27/2018 at 3:45 PM, kamakazi20012 said:

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I'm afraid that one might be dead.  The ROMs are epoxy coated so you can't do anything with those.  I could be wrong.  Have you tried cleaning contacts on cart edge with an emery board, gently?  

I have tried all that, guess I have to just enter the acceptance phase of this loss. LOL Thanks guys.

 

P.S.  I ended up getting the Intellivision port to play for now.

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Ah ok. Looking at the pic I wonder if that cap at C1 might be dead and if so that would cause these issues. I suppose if one had a similarly rated cap lying around a simple swap would be easy enough just for the heck of it. I don't really see any bad traces on the board, at least nothing that would prevent it from working. Probably simply a dead rom unfortunately. 

I've had very few dead carts in the 26 years I've been collecting but it does happen. I find it mostly with Activision carts. Just last year I lost a Keystone Kapers cart AND Riot chip at the same time when I turned on a 2600 I was working on that got zapped by static electricity. I heard a small pop. I've since bought an anti static wrist strap. Lesson learned :)

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On 1/4/2019 at 6:08 AM, Atarileaf said:

Ah ok. Looking at the pic I wonder if that cap at C1 might be dead and if so that would cause these issues. I suppose if one had a similarly rated cap lying around a simple swap would be easy enough just for the heck of it. I don't really see any bad traces on the board, at least nothing that would prevent it from working. Probably simply a dead rom unfortunately. 

I've had very few dead carts in the 26 years I've been collecting but it does happen. I find it mostly with Activision carts. Just last year I lost a Keystone Kapers cart AND Riot chip at the same time when I turned on a 2600 I was working on that got zapped by static electricity. I heard a small pop. I've since bought an anti static wrist strap. Lesson learned :)

Maybe I will try to swap the cap if I can find one down the line. Like you, in all my years I have had VERY few carts go dead. Thanks for the advice bro!!!!

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