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I need a circuit board diagram for a sega game gear

I would like to know what kind of capacitor that goes on the power board for a sega game gear. The one that i bought on Ebay was dropped and it would not power on . So pulled it apart and put and another power board in it and now it works so looked at the old power board and it was missing a Capcitor. but i don`t know the number of it to get another one to soldier back on to the board. So what i need is a diagram of all the boards in the game gear. Please help in this matter

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  • Cindy62707 Apr 06, 2009

    I would like to try and repair the Game Gears we have. The first problem is no picture when it powers on but it might also not have sound. I need a diagram to figure out which parts I need to be replacing for these problems. I went to benheck.com but there was no post for this type of problem. (actually there was very little Sega Game Gear related since it is so old). Where else can I look for a diagram?

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The best place for this type of question, by far is www.benheck.com . There forums are a godsend for anything videogame repair. Promise!

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If one is faulty, the rest won't be far behind. Replaced them all at once!
These capacitors are glued and soldered to the board. To remove one, carefully rock it from side to side with a small pair of pliers until to feel the glue break, then desolder each leg from the PCB. When they're off, take the opportunity to clean up any leaked electrolyte and corrosion. Metho (rubbing alcohol to the Yanks) is good for this.
There are two versions of the Game Gear, the main difference being the main board layout. The later model also combined it's two ASICs (custom chips) into a single IC. There are other board layouts out there, if you have a Game Gear whose capacitor collection doesn't match the table send me a list and I'll update the page. Here is a list of all electro capacitors on the main board.
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ONE ASIC GG TWO ASIC GG VALUE C68
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