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    My local game shop they use, I believe, Simple Green. All the carts I have bought from there still have that scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Mitchell View Post
    What I've heard the best thing to do is to get the board out of the cartridge and rub the contacts with a pink rubber pencil eraser. Gets the crap off and won't damage the contacts. I haven't tried it myself, though.
    This is the answer. I would advise against sandpaper. An eraser is the way to go. You need to open the cart in general to get it as clean as possible, but I've had excellent luck getting non-working carts going with a pencil eraser followed by a quick q-tip with electronics grade alcohol to clean away the residue.

    A dremel with a soft buffing attachment also will work, but you have to be very careful.

    On a side note, electronic contact cleaner (with silicones) is great for controller ports and cart slots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Mitchell View Post
    What I've heard the best thing to do is to get the board out of the cartridge and rub the contacts with a pink rubber pencil eraser. Gets the crap off and won't damage the contacts. I haven't tried it myself, though.
    That actually sounds like a good idea. I'll have to try that.

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    The chore boy pads work wonders. I have been using them for years. Highly, Highly recommended.

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    My cousin uses sand paper all the time to get games to work, but only if a q-tip and rubbing alcohol won't do the trick. He demonstrated to me how sand paper can fix games by using it on an SNES copy of Battletoads & Double Dragon that I had been trying to get to work with no luck. The game had really bad corrosion on the pins, but after he sanded them out, it worked like a charm.

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    What would I do for a Genesis cart that works in a Model 1 only with a Game Genie, but not a Model 2? Does that have anything to do with the contacts?

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    We use 1500 black sandpaper and wet it down with windex. With the cart taken apart we barley rub it across on contacts and it will polish them up real nice.Then we wipe them clean with windex. I have done 10,000+ carts and never had a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NayusDante View Post
    What would I do for a Genesis cart that works in a Model 1 only with a Game Genie, but not a Model 2? Does that have anything to do with the contacts?
    What game is it?
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    Populous. It's an EA cart.

    I also have a copy of Revenge of Shinobi that doesn't boot in the Model 2, the PRODUCED BY OR LICENSED BY SEGA message comes up and hangs on a black screen. Haven't tried that one on the Model 1 yet.

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    Do not use sandpaper. Do not use windex. Do not use rubbing alcohol. Do not use a pencil eraser. These are all terrible ways to clean a game cartridge or pin connector.
    DeoxIT is the only product that can get them truly clean. It is what I use exclusively and I stand by it 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. GameFix View Post
    Fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dendawg View Post
    Fixed.
    I agree with your fix. It makes it much more true.
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    I use rubbing alcohol and a qtip, if that doesn't work i open it up and use an eraser, then wipe it down with windex.

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    I've used 2000 grit and 800 grit. 2000grit works great because you don't want to remove a lot of surface material, but it's hard to fun at the local store. It does polishes up the contacts real nice though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Mitchell View Post
    What I've heard the best thing to do is to get the board out of the cartridge and rub the contacts with a pink rubber pencil eraser. Gets the crap off and won't damage the contacts. I haven't tried it myself, though.
    I prefer using a white eraser, it doesn't leave residue behind like a pink one does. I usually clean the cart with alcohol + q tip, then use the white eraser and then I wipe it down with a q tip again.

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    I use a pencil eraser, shines up the contacts nicely and can't damage them.

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    I use WD40. Spray a small amount on a rag. Never had a problem with my NES after that.

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    I don't see how a high grit sandpaper would be any more harmful than the people using minor abrasives like Brasso.

    Once you get up in those high grit counts, they're about as rough as a cat's tongue.
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    Imagine if you damaged the contacts enough to make them jagged or rough. It could damage the contacts on the system too then. baaaaad idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. GameFix View Post
    Do not use sandpaper. Do not use windex. Do not use rubbing alcohol. Do not use a pencil eraser. These are all terrible ways to clean a game cartridge or pin connector.
    DeoxIT is the only product that can get them truly clean. It is what I use exclusively and I stand by it 100%.
    That's nonsense. Just try a pencil eraser on a old penny and see how well it works. You don't know what you're talking about.

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    Toothpaste + Toothbrush for the casing, not the pins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NayusDante View Post
    Populous. It's an EA cart.

    I also have a copy of Revenge of Shinobi that doesn't boot in the Model 2, the PRODUCED BY OR LICENSED BY SEGA message comes up and hangs on a black screen. Haven't tried that one on the Model 1 yet.
    Early EA Games are unlicensed, it's possible that the game is being locked out by TmSS. Have you tried the game on other Model 2s?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dethink View Post
    Once you get up in those high grit counts, they're about as rough as a cat's tongue.
    High grit so you only take a few thousandths off the contacts/surface.

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