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My Basketball cart is dead. Its my first dead cart. I bought it from the guy I get most of my games from (for a buck, no big), but when I popped it in the VCS, all I got was a black screen.

 

So, I pulled back the dust cover and went at the contacts with alcohol, and cleaned the rest of the cart up really well. I tried it again: black screen. I repeated my cleaning again: black screen. I tried it on both my ataris: black screen.

 

I fear I have lost him. Is there anything else I can do?

 

Funeral Stan

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I just can't resist...

 

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles

And by opposing end them. To die: to sleep

 

 

Sorry, I don't get a chance to quote Shakesphere that often.

 

Tempest

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quote:

Originally posted by StanJr:

My Basketball cart is dead. Its my first dead cart. I bought it from the guy I get most of my games from (for a buck, no big), but when I popped it in the VCS, all I got was a black screen.

 

So, I pulled back the dust cover and went at the contacts with alcohol, and cleaned the rest of the cart up really well. I tried it again: black screen. I repeated my cleaning again: black screen. I tried it on both my ataris: black screen.

 

I fear I have lost him. Is there anything else I can do?

 

Funeral Stan

 

Stan, we mourn your lost. It's time to move on, dude. It'll be tough but you can do it.

 

 

Seriously though, need a new one? I have like three or four and you can have one if you want. Just e-mail me your address, and I can send it to you tomorrow.

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quote:

Originally posted by StanJr:

My Basketball cart is dead. Its my first dead cart. I bought it from the guy I get most of my games from (for a buck, no big), but when I popped it in the VCS, all I got was a black screen.

 

So, I pulled back the dust cover and went at the contacts with alcohol, and cleaned the rest of the cart up really well. I tried it again: black screen. I repeated my cleaning again: black screen. I tried it on both my ataris: black screen.

 

I fear I have lost him. Is there anything else I can do?

 

Funeral Stan

 

All may not be lost. Have you tried cleaning the contacts with an eraser? I had a Midnight Magic that behaved the same way. Alcohol did not help, but the eraser brought it back to life. Good luck.

 

Burgel

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Is this a game that you just bought and found out doesn't work? Or is it one that you've owned for some time that has just ceased working? You didn't really elaborate.

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Sorry, thought that was more clear than it was. I just bought it yesterday.

 

Clarification Stan

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Oh. Chances are that it wasn't working to begin with. At least you only paid $1.00 for it!

 

I thought it was a cart you've had all along that suddenly stopped working.

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Out of all the carts I've gotten from ebay only 4 have been DOA.Considering how old these carts are getting,it's amazing that most of 'em work.

one ? concerning dead carts-shouldn't everyone keep them to reuse for homebrew games someday? or are they too far gone?Even the plastic cases can be reused,right?(O.K., so it's really three ?'s)

 

never thought I would be part of a 'wake' for an old game cartridge...We will all in a small way miss your basketball cart.

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Nay, sadly, the eraser did not work. The contacts are as clean as a whistle (I'm going to assume a whistle is clean), but the game will not display anything other than a blank screen. All hope is gone. Ceremonies for Basketball will be held tomorrow at dusk, as the poor old cart is laid to rest.

 

But mourn not, friends, for Basketball is a common cart and may soon be found again by me, then oh, the games I shall play...

 

Misty Eyed Stan

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Hey stan have you opened up the cart yet?

 

hehe i know how you love the labels

 

Just Curious

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Your first dead cart? Oh, we feel your pain.

 

Here are my carts that have moved on to a better place. A moment of silence please.

 

Mountain King

Starmaster

Ice Hockey

Tennis

Astroblast

Video Pinball (No great loss there)

 

Atari age support group

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quote:

Originally posted by Burgel:

All may not be lost. Have you tried cleaning the contacts with an eraser? I had a Midnight Magic that behaved the same way. Alcohol did not help, but the eraser brought it back to life. Good luck.

 

Burgel

 

Hey that's a great idea! I have a couple of copies of Pitfall II that were DOA. I'm gonna try that. Thanks dude! I hope it works.

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If I had known you were going to buy a dead Basketball cart, I would have sent you one with the other carts I sent recently!

 

..Al

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My only dead cart is Dark Cavern for the 2600. I have a Food Fight for the 7800 that has garbled graphics, all the cleaning in the world hasn't saved that.

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Originally posted by ubersaurus:

My only dead cart is Dark Cavern for the 2600. I have a Food Fight for the 7800 that has garbled graphics, all the cleaning in the world hasn't saved that.

 

if you dont have a extra Food Fight, they had one at the Gamestation

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My concern is, what were you doing with that cart plugged in in the first place?? Was it the picture lable version or the text/no date older version? I dont mean to poke at your heart strings, but both my basketball carts still work! Oh joy.

 

I think if a cart dies, it is meant to be. Don't play god with a cart, who knows what evil you may unleash into the virtual world.

 

Which is why you should never take you games for granted. Spend time with them while you still have them, cherish them, take them out to dinner once in a while, would it kill you? Buy them nice things, give em a hug, is that so hard???....

 

Sorry. Im bored.

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Oh Danny boy, The pipes, the pipes are calling!!!

Remember Stan, It is better to have bought and lost than to never have bought at all!

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And lets not forget...." A cart in the hand is worth two in the bush"

 

*blush*

 

Oh damn it, I forgot my medicine and I need sleep again. Stan Jr Please email me directions to the wake. I'm there for you and will share in your pain. Remember time heals all wounds.

 

[ 02-19-2002: Message edited by: moycon ]

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