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    Im sure its been discussed ten million times but has anyone run into dead cartridges and were able to fix them? I have two games that wont play properly.

    Pac-Man 2 (Genesis.) Initially a white screen. Cleaned contacts, eventually could get a garbled screen but i dont think i could play it.

    Shinobi 3 (Genesis.) Black screen or white screen. Cleaned the contacts, didnt help.

    I opened up Shinobi. All the soldering joints and capacitor look fine. I was thinking maybe the sole capacitor needs to be replaced. I dont have a capacitor tester to see if theres anything wrong with it
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    Also, other games work fine. And i tried on both a Gen 2 and Gen 1
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    Check the traces on the boards for continuity. The boards could be damaged but still look fine. You would need a multimeter for this, or to know someone else who has one.

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    Came across a couple in all my years, just tossed them.
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    I've only had a few I've never been able to get working. One was a Pokemon Stadium 2 for N64 where the contacts looked bizarrely thin. I could get everything else to work on the N64 just fine, but I think its contacts were worn down or something and couldn't make proper contact with the system's connector. I returned it to the store and picked up something else. I can only get garbled graphics out of my Strider on NES. No amount of fussing with it has worsened or improved its output. I've got a PC Engine Hucard that seems completely dead.

    I've had others that I thought were lost causes that I was able to get working eventually, either by trying on a better functioning system or trying alternate cleaning methods. My NES Battletoads wouldn't work no matter how much I went at it with q-tips and rubbing alcohol, but when I learned about some people using school erasers to clean games, I tried that and now it works fine.

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    I tried to upload a file of the photo of the pcb directly to this message but it said upload failed. Whatever

    Anyways there is some spooge or something right underneath where the capacitor was laying. Im guessing that means the cap leaked? It looks like it mayve run all the way under the ROM
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