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#1 bradhig1 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 15, 2018 12:55 PM

I had these two game for a long time since I got them for Christmas yeas ago.  They needed new batteries and now I can't get the sound to work on Volcano.  I can't figure which buttons to push to turn it on.   Volcano would be prefect for everyone in Hawaii right now.

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Posted Tue May 15, 2018 1:35 PM

I remember Volcano very well.  It was given to me at some point in the late 80s after I wore out my beloved BurgerTime handheld.  It was a pretty simplistic handheld game, but it kept me entertained through some long car rides.  As for the sound issue ... I believe there was a way to disable the sound, but assuming that it hasn't been disabled, I would open it and check for broken wires or solder joints.  I've seen that kind of damage to the piezo buzzers in handhelds like these that have been dropped.



#3 CatPix OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 15, 2018 1:46 PM

The sound on those is usually from a small piezo speaker (the same that in singing postal cards). They usually desolder very easily and are hard to resolder.

You can try to open it and check. Iwth a bit of luck, they use headphone speakers and can be resoldered.

Hopefully, it's a speaker failure... ;)



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Posted Tue May 15, 2018 1:57 PM

I think he's asking which button to press. More than likely the solder lifted for the speaker tho.

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Posted Tue May 15, 2018 2:34 PM

yeah. But all of those things alway make noise when you start a game. There might be some with a sound button, but I haven't seen any, personally, aside from the Solar Power Bandai games, which had a volume button to save power, since they are solar powered.



#6 bradhig1 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 15, 2018 7:15 PM

I figure it out when not playing the game push both left and right buttons to turn it , hour chime, and alarm on and off.  I bought a three pack of batteries and one was dead out of the package.   Anyone else have that happen to them?


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#7 Tanooki OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue May 15, 2018 7:22 PM

Subtle hawaii reference gets the like.  I've had plane and tank before and also highway too and they are fun little games.  I found highway more interesting though, harder too as you had to navigate some tight obstacles on the road while also picking up and dropping off hitchhikers at the side of the road for more points.



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Posted Tue May 15, 2018 9:17 PM

I used to have the Space Alien one where you had to get the UFO to the other platform. Still have the Magic Dragon game.

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#9 Jess Ragan ONLINE  

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Posted Wed May 16, 2018 7:20 AM

I had the Tandy Zap game. A little character named "Superboy" (who looked more like Astro Boy) would run up and down the screen, flinging lightning bolts at swarms of the aliens from Aliens. Not terrific, but an amusing diversion during car rides.




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