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    I'm getting back into retro games right now, and just picked up a SNES and a Sega Genesis. No problems with the Genesis yet, however I've not been so lucky with the SNES. The first one I got started crashing on me. With a bit of testing, I found out that, when a game is running, if you even slightly tap the game cartridge and cause it to move, it crashes the system. It could be something as simple as accidentally tugging on the controller cable, which causes the system to shift slightly and therefore the game cart, and it crashes. I took the system back, got a refund, and ordered a new one online. I get this system, and it has the exact same problem.

    Is this a common problem that I just need to learn to deal with, or is there a solution that someone knows about? I've tested multiple games and they all have the same problem., so I have to assume it's the system. I've looked online and can't find anything about this.

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    Have you checked the power cord? My Genesis had a power cord that got worn out from to much bending and stuff, so if the cable moved at all it would reset the system.
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    Have you tried cleaning your games?
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    Yeah I went through and cleaned all my games when it started happening, and it didn't make a difference. It's also happening on multiple games (though not all, which is strange). I might take the game up to my local game store and try it there just to make sure though. The power cord is a good thought, but it's happened on two separate systems, each with a different power cable. Also, it's not the movement of the system that's doing it, it's when the game cart moves. Moving the system just causes the game cart to move.

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    Buy a cleaning kit and clean the connectors in the consoles. It's not just the games that need to be cleaned, though they probably need to be cleaned more too.

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    SNES could be well used, pins in the slot could have spread slightly with age so it is a loose connection which even a slight wiggle could cause a crash.

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    yea i'm thinking the cart connector is worn out, if they go in with almost no force than its probably time to bend the pins inward a bit, almost like a NES cart connector, only problem it it'll be harder to bend these because it doesent come off of the system like the NES and theres also a metal shield around the connector that gets in the way.

    if you can get a curved dentist pick thing that works the best for me...

    i'll try and find an example..

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    example http://www.amazon.com/SE-Pick-Double...s=dentist+pick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Niku-Sama View Post
    yea i'm thinking the cart connector is worn out, if they go in with almost no force than its probably time to bend the pins inward a bit, almost like a NES cart connector, only problem it it'll be harder to bend these because it doesent come off of the system like the NES and theres also a metal shield around the connector that gets in the way.

    if you can get a curved dentist pick thing that works the best for me...

    i'll try and find an example..

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    example http://www.amazon.com/SE-Pick-Double...s=dentist+pick
    Actually, some SNES consoles do have removable cart connectors. It's only on older models, but it's not at all uncommon. Pop that sucker apart and check

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    He said it happened with two separate systems, I doubt it's a serious problem like worn out connectors if it's occuring so often. Unless he has serious bad luck with consoles.

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    I have had a bad string of specific consoles, every dreamcast I get breaks, strange random problems nothing easy like bad PSU or blown fuses. more like fried GPUs and dead ram. board level stuff that I just don't feel like taking the time to whip the soldering iron out for.

    now there is one working dreamcast in my collection, it looks like its been run over with a truck. works fine. go fig.

    i'd almost be certain that its a console connector, the other extreme is a bad ground but they are touching plastic so......that's a pretty extreme possibility.
    depending on manufacture date its roughly a 20 year old system (almost 23 years for the first US system)

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    You could always shove a few layers of paper or something behind the cart to try and tighten up the fit so it doesn't move when you barely touch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastProcessing402 View Post
    You could always shove a few layers of paper or something behind the cart to try and tighten up the fit so it doesn't move when you barely touch it.
    I have had 2 SNES consoles that I used to have to slide a credit card behind the cart to get it not to crash when bumped.

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    Take the carts apart and take a pink eraser to the cart pins. Believe me, it works wonders. You want the corrosion to come off, but not the brass, so don't press too hard, just enough to make the pins shiny. It works very well. Used denatured Alcohol afterwards to make sure the pins are extra clean. Doesn't leave a film either if done that way. Just saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gameguy View Post
    He said it happened with two separate systems, I doubt it's a serious problem like worn out connectors if it's occuring so often. Unless he has serious bad luck with consoles.
    I was just pointing out that some do have detachable cart ports, that's all

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiggyx View Post
    I was just pointing out that some do have detachable cart ports, that's all
    My reply wasn't directly at you alone, sorry if it came across that way. It's just that after he said it happened with two consoles and I'm pretty sure he's just getting into the system(meaning two of two systems), several people were saying the cart slot was worn out as the most likely problem.

    It is still possible, I just think it's unlikely. I've never come across a SNES with that problem yet and I must have had over a dozen or two over the years. I've had other problems with some systems, just not that. I do make sure to clean the cart slots before testing the systems, most people just clean the games. But if it's the cart slot, it could be a cracked solder joint too. I've had this problem before with a different system.

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    Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best, check the AC outlet you are connecting the snes on, that may be the problem
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    Quote Originally Posted by eskobar View Post
    Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best, check the AC outlet you are connecting the snes on, that may be the problem
    Not for this problem, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiggyx View Post
    Not for this problem, no.
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