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 Nov 08, 2004 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
* Fixing old Game Systems

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StageSelect kicked out an article this weekend on fixing old game systems, both portable and non.

Some interesting tidbits in there if you're trying to revive an old NES, Atari 7800, or similar system.

There's this little gem:
Fixing the problem - Use a cart or disc cleaner first. These can be purchased from virtually any game store, or heck, even Target. Follow the instructions enclosed to clean your system and games. Some general rules that I follow: for every 50 hours of game play, use a system cleaner, and for every 20-30 times you play a game, use a game cleaner. If the problem becomes too great, or if disc / cart cleaners and system cleaners have lost their effectiveness, you may have a hardware failure (in your game or in your system). Below, I'll list some system specific fixes for each of these issues. Check your discs to make sure that they aren't scratched (this may be causing the problem) - if they are, get a CD/DVD scratch repair kit.
On newer systems, this isn't as necessary - keeping a kit on hand should something act up is usually sufficient. Back in the old days, however, I remember game stores like Funcoland (now Gamestop) offering discounts on used systems if you bought a cleaner with them, trying to keep people's consoles going so that they'd buy more games.
 

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