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I have a cartridge version of Flight Simulator II that has a piece of plastic rattling around inside of it. Driving me crazy. Don't see any obvious way to open it (no screws either). Anyone know how to open these cartridges without causing damage?

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That would be hot glue that has come loose.

 

At least for the "ribbed" style XEGS cartridge, there are tabs on the left+right of one of the halfs, that will break if pried. You may have success using a vice grip, example in this post:

https://atariage.com/forums/topic/284679-repos-for-sale-what-do-you-think/?do=findComment&comment=4150380

 

See what the inside of the cart looks like here:

https://atariage.com/forums/topic/289505-xe-super-cart-128-midi-maze-offering/?do=findComment&comment=4244634

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3 hours ago, livingonwheels said:

I have a cartridge version of Flight Simulator II that has a piece of plastic rattling around inside of it. Driving me crazy. Don't see any obvious way to open it (no screws either). Anyone know how to open these cartridges without causing damage?

Its prob just loose hot glue or a piece of plastic, if its difficult to open it and thats the only thing wrong maybe consider leaving it.

 

I mean carts on the shelf and plugged into our XEs do not rattle around so you only will hear this if you look for it. I imagine if a rattle bothers you a cart you can tell was opened that just doesnt look right will bother you more.

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the glue is intended to prevent the pcb rattling around but ironically its the glue that is doing the rattling!!

can you fish it out of the slot with tweezers/craft knife? 🤔

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4 hours ago, livingonwheels said:

I have a cartridge version of Flight Simulator II that has a piece of plastic rattling around inside of it. Driving me crazy. Don't see any obvious way to open it (no screws either). Anyone know how to open these cartridges without causing damage?

You CAN open them, but I would say 75% of the time you will break one or more of the clips. In my experience it's better to just leave it as is. 

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