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#1 ColecoJoe OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:21 PM

Hey Guys,

 

I have 2 Popeye cartridges that load up on my CV but both won't play. The game starts fine and I am able to move around but Bluto never moves from his start spot and Olive's hearts rush out super fast and I die within a few seconds. I also have a AtariMax SD and the same thing happens when I try to play the ROM. The Rom plays fine on emulators. Could there be a problem with my CV?

 

 



#2 fiddlepaddle OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:00 PM

Mine works fine with Atarimax SD. Could be a bad rom dump, but since it happens with carts too, it must be the main unit. I'm no hardware expert, but you might run memory diagnostics (isn't there a memory test rom somewhere?)... Also, possible it's the power supply or on/off switch needs to be cleaned.

#3 ColecoJoe OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:29 PM

Ahh test roms! Yes, thanks ... I didn't think about that. I'll try this weekend. 



#4 NIAD OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:04 AM

Their is a Diagnostic Test supplied by AtariMax on their Ultimate SD Cart that will test the RAM in CV systems. Just let the test run continuously so that it cycles through the RAM locations a number of times.

#5 ColecoJoe OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:21 PM

Ran the ram and vram test and all is fine. I am noticing a little flakiness in the power switch so maybe I need to clean it.



#6 Tempest OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:32 AM

Ran the ram and vram test and all is fine. I am noticing a little flakiness in the power switch so maybe I need to clean it.

Yeah that's a common problem.  Those Power Switches were a terrible design flaw.  You might also want to check for a dirty cartridge port as bad contacts can cause issues like this.






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