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    Default NES Pool of Radiance - battery or dead cart?

    I've got Pool of Radiance for the NES with odd behavior. It loads up fine, I can make a character, but when I go to the Character select screen or the Order screen, there is just one 'name' and it is nonsense characters. Not even letters, really, just odd squiggles and such. It is also stuck/frozen on that screen and I have to reset.

    Is the cart dead? Just the battery?

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    its not a dead battery, try cleaning the cart.. if that doesnt work there might be a problem

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    I've cleaned it. Opening and polishing the contacts. I'm confident that's not the problem, so I guess it is something else. I'm also doubtful that it is the battery, mostly was just hoping.

    About the only other thing I'm capable of is replacing the caps. Worth trying?

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    Ack, that sucks.
    I have no clue why it would glitch like that. Even if the battery is dead it shouldnt do that.

    I doubt that the problem would be the caps, but Im not a expert..

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    When you are polishing the contacts, are they still gold colored afterwards or silver colored

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    If it's a problem with the board you could swap the ROM chips with a compatible donor board, if the ROM chips are bad then the game isn't really repairable.

    If you can, maybe check the board for continuity between the chips and throughout the traces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbpxl View Post
    When you are polishing the contacts, are they still gold colored afterwards or silver colored
    Definitely still gold in this case. There are some carts that are harder to tell, though, and just seem more silver in the first place. I'm not scrubbing away at them or anything. It just takes a titch of polish and some gentle rubbing and the black crud comes right off.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gameguy View Post
    If it's a problem with the board you could swap the ROM chips with a compatible donor board, if the ROM chips are bad then the game isn't really repairable.

    If you can, maybe check the board for continuity between the chips and throughout the traces.
    I'll poke around at it sometime. Thanks!


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