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#1 Shemone OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu May 18, 2017 3:20 PM

I've recently acquired my dad's Jaguar which has been chilling in his attic for the best part of a decade and I was hoping to plug this bad boy in and have a game of Theme Park or Brutal Sport Football. Alas with each game i tried my hopes were dashed, i heard the mighty Jaguar roar but was greeted with the red screen of doom. Blow after blow after blow and still it came back. I've checked the connectors, as best i can, and they all seem to be intact and relatively clean. There's a bit of rust on the power connector at the back but it's turning on without any trouble so i don't think that's the cause. Is there anything else I can try or is it time to scrap my best pal from the 90's?



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Posted Thu May 18, 2017 4:04 PM

It might be the cartridges...

http://atariage.com/...creen-of-death/

But cleaning the contacts would be my starting point.

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Posted Thu May 18, 2017 5:10 PM

Try cleaning them with half water and rub alcohol using an old clean shirt or cloth wrapped around a credit card. Old one you can cut to size if needed.

That should probably fix it.

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Posted Thu May 18, 2017 11:56 PM

Diluting the alcohol with water would be unwise. I'd also shine a flash light into the cart slot and look for any bent pins.



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Posted Fri May 19, 2017 12:55 AM

If you are not used to the Jaguar it is possible when inserting carts one handed to get them in at a slight angle with one end higher than the other which could cause connection and therfore read issues. I experinaced that when I first got my Jag so also check that you felt that little resistance/bump as you inserted the cart at that the cart seems to be in level.



#6 Shemone OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri May 19, 2017 1:32 PM

Thanks for the quick responses, I've given the well used cartridges a good clean with some of the following; http://www.maplin.co...CFckV0wodxuYBJQ

 

No help though, I've tried around 15 different games now and they all give the red jaguar screen so I'm beginning to think it's the actual Motherboard that's got the problem. With that in mind I opened the bad boy up to have a looksee inside to see if there's anything obvious, I've attached a few pictures. It's not a pretty site inside and it looks like the PCB at the back left is caput.

 

I hope it isn't something daft like i need the controller plugged in to get past the red screen, I figured i leave it out of equation until I can at least get to the menu of a game :)

 

As you can see by the cu tips the board is covered in gunk, what do you guys think? A lost cause?

Rusty RF port   PCB
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Edited by Shemone, Fri May 19, 2017 1:46 PM.


#7 madman OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri May 19, 2017 3:02 PM

That is a lot of rust around the RF output. It's possible surrounding traces were damaged, the other pics were very dark so it was hard to tell if the rest of the board was rusted out too. Looks like it suffered water damage at some point.



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Posted Fri May 19, 2017 3:35 PM

Diluting the alcohol with water would be unwise. I'd also shine a flash light into the cart slot and look for any bent pins.


In my experience it will leave a film otherwise. And mixed the alcohol seems to take the water with it when it evaporates.

#9 JagChris OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri May 19, 2017 3:37 PM

Wow. Rust.

#10 JaguarGod OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri May 19, 2017 3:38 PM

Yeah, there had to be a lot of moisture contact at some point or a long time sitting in a very, very humid area. I still use my original Jaguar from '93 and JaguarCD from '95 and there is no rust anywhere on either unit inside or on outer screws. That's too bad for sure. I hope it can be revived somehow so you can play. Good luck with everything.



#11 Shemone OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri May 19, 2017 3:46 PM

Once i noticed the almost black traces and joints i kind of lost hope.

 

I'll contact some local electronic repairs companies and see what if they can do anything with it., at least until it becomes uneconomical to repair. I wish I purchased some more of these, I recall my local Game selling a few dozen for £20 each, that would have been a nice investment and I'd still be able to play Theme Park. I'll pop back every so often if i make any progress with it :)

 

Thanks for the assist chaps.



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Posted Fri May 19, 2017 4:00 PM

Yeah we need to save every Jaguar we can.




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