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Pokemon Red won't start
« on: January 27, 2015, 06:30:54 pm »
My copy of Pokemon Red used to start fine, but now it never does. I just see the "Nintendo" logo with a bunch of dots above it when I try to play it. The cart makes a rattling sound, and I did get it to work in my GBA SP by bending the cart towards me (while holding the GBA) while turning on the GBA. But if I let go of the cart, the game immediately freezes. The cart's contacts are clean, and both Gameboys work fine. What can I do (if anything)?

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Re: Pokemon Red won't start
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2015, 07:27:35 pm »
Try taking the cartridge apart and look for damage.
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Re: Pokemon Red won't start
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2015, 07:52:00 pm »
Try taking the cartridge apart and look for damage.
I tried to do the thing where you heat up a pen and make a tool for opening these carts, but that didn't work. So I guess I'll just have to get an actual bit to open this. It'll be a while :P
Ok I got the pen thing to work and the PCB looks fine. I don't see any broken pins or soldering...so I don't really know what to do now.
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Re: Pokemon Red won't start
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2015, 11:00:16 pm »
Hmm, looks like something got damaged to me.

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Re: Pokemon Red won't start
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2015, 03:31:21 pm »
So i think I know what's up. The bottom part of the contacts on the game are in really bad condition. When I bend the game away from me, the top (good) part of the contacts is making contact with the Gameboy. So I guess I'll have to find sorm way to repair the contacts.

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Re: Pokemon Red won't start
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2015, 06:42:09 pm »
Did you clean the game really well with contact spray and/or rubbing alcohol? I noticed that even though contacts look clean they might still not make good contact.
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Re: Pokemon Red won't start
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2015, 07:49:00 pm »
Did you clean the game really well with contact spray and/or rubbing alcohol? I noticed that even though contacts look clean they might still not make good contact.
I cleaned them quite a lot with rubbing alcohol. I'm mostly convinced that the problem lies in the bottom half of the contacts being really scraped up.

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Re: Pokemon Red won't start
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2015, 08:42:18 pm »
I suppose you are out of easy options then. Hacking up the cart probably is not worth the effort. Consider buying a copy that is in better condition.
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