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So... kinda pissed... but I tried putting in my Cannon Fodder cartridge last night. No matter how many times I blew on the connector (hahaha), or wiped it with my shirt, I could not get the cartridge to display anything other than a RED Jaguar screen. I rarely have any issue with my games... the ones that I don't play for a year or so... I usually just blow on it and it works fine the next time. However, no matter how many times I put it in, the game just wouldn't load. Should I just assume I have a fried Cannon Fodder cartridge?

 

See... this is why I bought two Impulse-X carts... because I knew I would find myself in this situation one day. From now on, every new game that comes out... I'm buying two.

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First off, STOP blowing on your games! You'll just end up rusting them out. Seriously.

 

I'd take a Q-Tip and some rubbing alcohol or (better yet) contact cleaner and give both sides of the edge connector a thorough cleaning that way. Wouldn't hurt to take a credit card wrapped in paper or a thin cloth of some kind and swab out the cartridge port.

 

Not saying it's not the case, but I have yet to see a Jaguar cartridge go bad...

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Not saying it's not the case, but I have yet to see a Jaguar cartridge go bad...

 

True, most of them were bad when they left the factory.

 

 

 

 

:P

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True, most of them were bad when they left the factory.

 

 

 

 

:P

 

 

Ooooh... not cool! Hah...

 

Ok, I'll try cleaning the contact. I was going to try it with some alcohol on a q-tip...

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Tried it... still nothing... :(

 

I'm guessing it must have just died. It's the ONLY cartridge I have that doesn't work. My system is spotless, and so are my games. Honestly, I rarely play games... the Jaguar gets played maybe once a year.

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If you're throwing it out I wouldn't mind taking it. I'd be interested in taking the cart apart and tinkering with it.

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I guess when you say it's the only one that doesn't work, that you have tried other carts since and had no problems?

 

Thinking it may perhaps be the contacts on the jag rather than the cart itself

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Yup, ALL the other carts work... just this one, I can't get it to work... :(

 

Anyone have a cheap Cannon Fodder they want to sell me? Just need the loose cart.

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A dead cartridge? How to tell?

 

First you have to check to make sure its heart is still beating.

 

 

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What are you going to do with the broken cartridge?

 

Hope and pray it magically starts working again...

 

If you're interested though... I know B&C sells a ton of carts for pennies that are broken (factory rejects, etc)

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So.... I tried again a few minutes ago. Put the cartridge in, and turned it on... didn't work. So I walked away, or at least pretended do, and then quickly DASHED back towards the Jaguar, put the cart in and turned the power on really quick... still didn't work. Thought I could fool it, but no go.

 

I'll try again when it least expects it to see if it's working.

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So.... I tried again a few minutes ago. Put the cartridge in, and turned it on... didn't work. So I walked away, or at least pretended do, and then quickly DASHED back towards the Jaguar, put the cart in and turned the power on really quick... still didn't work. Thought I could fool it, but no go.

 

I'll try again when it least expects it to see if it's working.

 

 

I'm just whistling innocently oh I wonder what could be over here

 

DO IT NOW!!

 

:D

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I've saved many many red-screen only carts with this incantation:

 

1: Thoroughly clean the contacts. High % rubbing alcohol is OK. Leave the contacts wet.

2: Insert & remove the cart from the Jaguar 5-6 times

3: Clean the cartridge again.

4: Insert & remove another 5-6 times

5: Clean it ONE MORE TIME :D

6: Shake excess cleaner out and allow cartridge to fully dry. This may take 30-60 minutes.

 

In my experience, Jag carts don't work if there's even a trace of cleaner left, and whatever you use to clean them will probably wick its way up into the cartridge body.

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also be sure there are no bits of cotton on any of the contacts. I like to use a can of Air from Radio Shack or Staples to blow out the carts after I clean them.

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So.... I tried again a few minutes ago. Put the cartridge in, and turned it on... didn't work. So I walked away, or at least pretended do, and then quickly DASHED back towards the Jaguar, put the cart in and turned the power on really quick... still didn't work. Thought I could fool it, but no go.

 

I'll try again when it least expects it to see if it's working.

 

That's stupid funny! I did something similar with a data recovery. I put the disk in a paper bag so it couldn't see what I was doing. And lo and behold I was successful.

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Clean it with holy water, have a seance while burning sage and ask for Jack Tramiel for spiritual intervention.

 

 

Ok, I'll try that. I'll let you guys know how it goes...

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So.... I tried again a few minutes ago. Put the cartridge in, and turned it on... didn't work. So I walked away, or at least pretended do, and then quickly DASHED back towards the Jaguar, put the cart in and turned the power on really quick... still didn't work. Thought I could fool it, but no go.

 

I'll try again when it least expects it to see if it's working.

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