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#1 jrhodes OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:30 PM

Any tips, do's, don't 's, etc for cleaning a TI, especially the cartridge port?

I will be taking the system apart soon for a thorough de-mucking, and wanted know what to do about the cartridge port.

Can i just use strong rubbing alcohol or is that not advisable?


Edited by jrhodes, Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:31 PM.


#2 arcadeshopper ONLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:39 PM

Cart ports get dirty and also wear out. The best howto is here: http://www.mainbyte....m/cart_fix.html which is also in the FAQ pinned post here..  The felt is not your friend.. 



#3 jrhodes OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:51 PM

I know with NES at least, you could disassemble the system, pull the cart connector, and tighten them.

I had this done to NES a few years ago by someone working a local Game-X-Change.

Not sure the exact process, but i think it involved bending/pushing the contacts.

He explained that it would be easier for him to do this then replacing it with a new connector, and has worked like a dream since.

 

Anyone selling replacement cartridge port boards, just in case?


Edited by jrhodes, Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:53 PM.


#4 jrhodes OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:51 PM

I've gotten it apart, and pulled the keyboard connector from the motherboard.

I have the stackpole style keyboard. Not sure if i should attempt the alpha-lock bypass (joystick up not responding when alpha-lock is on) mod or not.

Surprisingly, the motherboard-side female connector for the cartridge slot is dirtier then the actual slot.

I am tempted to try cleaning the motherboard connector without opening the shielding.

I have to find what i did with the thermal paste, seem to have misplaced it since i last used it.


Edited by jrhodes, Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:42 PM.


#5 Tursi OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:32 PM

I don't know if anyone is selling the replacement cartridge ports, but I have a large box of them. ;)



#6 arcadeshopper ONLINE  

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Posted Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:42 AM

I don't know if anyone is selling the replacement cartridge ports, but I have a large box of them. icon_wink.gif

 

I'll take em!






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