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Anyone know how to fix a Sega Game Gear?
Topic Started: Jul 14 2011, 08:12 PM (1,931 Views)
85 GT Kid
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I bought this at a flea market and when I got home I put fresh batterys in it and it doesnt work :(. The power light doesnt even come on. Would be nice if I can fix it so I can play it :D.
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Grimakis
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85 GT Kid
Jul 14 2011, 08:12 PM
I bought this at a flea market and when I got home I put fresh batterys in it and it doesnt work :(. The power light doesnt even come on. Would be nice if I can fix it so I can play it :D.
I've replaced the capacitor on the sound board of a Game Gear, a part that has a high failure rate. I have never run into a problem with the system starting.

Have you made sure that all the contacts are clean, and all six of the batteries are in the proper alignment?

If so, I'm not sure what to say. Sorry.
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Actually my game gear did the same thing to me last year and I have been unable to find a fix. I am not sure what the specific issue is. If I hear I will let you know too!
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Buy a multi-tester and have fun tracking down the dead components. My classmate before brought it for electronics class and we had a bit of fun figuring out which part died.
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Mk II
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have you tried using a mains power adapter? sometimes running a GG on batteries doesnt work

if it doesnt turn on at all, it's unlikely to be a problem with the sound or video capacitors, both very common issues with GameGears
anyway, dont feel too bad... finding a fully functional GameGear in the wild is very unlikely

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I didn't find the Game Gear to be all too fun anyway :P
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Mk II
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the GameGear is a perfect example of the fact that hardware specs dont sell consoles... the software does. And thats why Nintendo always wins in the end :)
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Jul 15 2011, 09:33 AM
the GameGear is a perfect example of the fact that hardware specs dont sell consoles... the software does. And thats why Nintendo always wins in the end :)
It's even better if the portable system is actually portable. The game gear was too big, had a terrible little screen, and bad software. The 6 AA batteries wouldn't have been so bad if the battery life wasn't so short. In the end, Nintendo just had a better product.

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aye. and we probably will see a rerun of this scenario when the PSP Vita fails to make a real dent in the market.
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I know these things are not meant to last forever. But it is easy over time to see who produced a quality product. I have two Game Gears and both have fallen to the capacitor death, video and audio. My Lynx and original Game boy still works as it always did. Fact is every portable that I purchased since that time period still work except my Game Gears. I have yet to sit down and change out the bad capacitors.
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85 GT Kid
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Thanks for the help guys. Maybe one day i'll mess with it and see if it will work and if not then maybe I can see if my old Electronics teach from HS will mess with it for me :D. I wish I had tried and talked the guy to $10 though cause this was a waste lol.

O and no I havent tried an adapter yet cause I havent got one. I know one contact has some corrosion on it so im gonna try and clean it off and hope it works lol.
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But it is easy over time to see who produced a quality product

ive been saying it for years, purely based on what i come across at fleamarkets, bootsales, private sellers etc: Sega consoles do not age well at all.
The buttons wear out and get stuck, the plastic looks awful (scuffed and scratched) , powers supplies are often broken and the odds are that the console itself just doesnt work.
Compared to Nintendo it is very poor build quality indeed, even cheapish. Nintendo has always strived to offer optimal quality, right down to the kind of plastics used.
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Jul 16 2011, 12:16 PM
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But it is easy over time to see who produced a quality product

ive been saying it for years, purely based on what i come across at fleamarkets, bootsales, private sellers etc: Sega consoles do not age well at all.
The buttons wear out and get stuck, the plastic looks awful (scuffed and scratched) , powers supplies are often broken and the odds are that the console itself just doesnt work.
Compared to Nintendo it is very poor build quality indeed, even cheapish. Nintendo has always strived to offer optimal quality, right down to the kind of plastics used.
I heard very good things about the Dreamcast however. I also have a Genesis that is without a problem.

And as far as Nintendo durability goes....


SNES plastic... I just came across one where the plastic yellowed terribly, and is incredibly brittle.

And obviously with controllers, we have the N64 Joystick problem. Even my GCN joystick is getting a little loose. I've no idea what that's about.

DS Lite hinge crack - I experienced this. The system began to crack in two places, eventually the top screen broke off at one hinge. I did nothing to abuse the system. In fact, I kept in a very good case it's entire life.

NES 72 pin connector... uhh.... not the greatest.



Granted... this is nothing compared to the 1st gen 360. The system could easily scratch discs, and the red ring of death made things a little sticky...


Every company is not without faults in their products. Fortunately, Nintendo makes good for any issues.
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the Dreamcast

yes. the Dreamcast, altho not without its problems, seems to be the exception to the "Sega hardware sucks" rule. Mine is still going anyway (knock on wood!)

And re. the SNES plastic: not really Nintendo's fault, they dont make the plastic. The supplier fooled around with the recipe and some batches of the ABS plastic they made were inferior.
The horizontally placed 72 pin cartridge connector in the NES is indeed a design fault.


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Jul 17 2011, 09:27 PM
And obviously with controllers, we have the N64 Joystick problem. Even my GCN joystick is getting a little loose. I've no idea what that's about.
My GCN joystick became loose, too. That was after 100s of hours of play, much of it SSBM.

I say it gave me a good run. Definitely an improvement from N64.
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yes. the Dreamcast, altho not without its problems, seems to be the exception to the "Sega hardware sucks" rule. Mine is still going anyway (knock on wood!)
The dreamcast has issues, but are very easy fixes, The most common is the pins inside the console stop making contact, To fix it you have to take out the power supply and bend the pins to make contact with the console again.
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85 GT Kid
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Ok so today I finally decided to take a look at my game gear and after messing with it for about an hour I finally got it to get power :D . So I pop in a game and I just got a big ole goose egg on the screen. No sound either. Could the video and audio caps be bad? The screen just kinda lights up a lil but not much. O well atleast I got some progress :D.
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85 GT Kid
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I got it to work :D. Problem was the contacts on the game I used was bad but I got 2 of the games to work. It could probably use the video caps and the sounds doesnt work for crap so I know it needs audio caps but im glad its not a $15 paper weight anymore :P. Next time I crack it open im gonna do the LED backlight mod for power savings and work on getting the scratches out of the screen along with changing the caps. I also gotta find some battery covers for it too :nope:
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