Just dug my gamegear out of the closet (actually found it when I was looking for something else) anyway, I charged the battery pack and installed new batteries, trying both. When you switch it on, the red light comes on and the screen powers up just for a second, then both go off. What could the problem be?
I had the same exact problem. I took the back off, pressed on each of the capacitors. Carefully put the cartrige in with the back still off, plugged in the power and turned it one and presto, it started working!!!
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Ok I know what has gone on here as it had happened to my DS-Lite as long as you bought a genuine DS from here in Oz or which ever country you live in and not 1 from China Etc as 99.999999% of DS consoles from China Etc are fakes
First Of all the problem is that the battery pack has failed completely the molecular structure of the battery is breaking back down into it's original state and when you recharge the battery pack it can not excite the molecules enough to completely charge as some of the molecules are dead and such will decrease the performance of your battery. You will need to buy a replacement battery pack or as it is a new console it should be covered under warranty as on a full charge on my DS Lite I can play for 15 hours+ non stop playing.
Ok the fix is very easy all you need is a small star screwdriver.
Step 1. Take the small star screwdriver and undo the screw that holds the battery compartment closed and take off the cover.
Step 2. Take out the old battery and set aside for proper disposal.
Step 3. Place the new battery in the battery compartment it should only go in 1 way.
Step 4. Replace the battery compartment door, replace the small screw and tighten.
Step 5. Charge the battery pack until light goes out.
Step 6. Play away my friend as now you should have fixed the problem.
Please Note that the time difference between consoles playing time depends on the actual ds console.
DS & DS-Lite are your better performers battery wise at up to 19 hours continuous play. DSi to the current DSi-XL 3DS will vary from 3 to 6 hours due to the extra power needed to run the cameras etc.
Theres several possibilities on what happened. if you dropped it recently or something like that, you probably broke it; open it up or send it back if still under warranty. If its really old, then the battery may have lost its ability to retain a charge. Also, your charger may not be working properly.
From time to time the actual charging capacity of the play and charge battery will fizzle out as will regular rechargeable batteries.
If you know someone else with a play and charge ask to use theirs on yours and see if it charges and holds charge when you unplug it.
If it does then you need to purchase a new play and charge, if it doesn't the connection to the battery pack is damaged and more then likely you will need to buy a new controller. Or just keep it wired.
Hope this helps.
Just a wild guess, if the play station has a lithium ion battery, then that may be your problem. One of the problems with Li batteries is they start loosing their ability to hold a charge as soon as they are manufactured. The battery also looses it's last charge ,at about 6% a month. If the battery is left for more than a year it's voltage will fall below 2.5 volts per cell and and a small computer chip in the battery pack will lock the battery and prevent it from being charged. This is a safety feature to keep the battery from being rapidly charged and causing a fire from overheating. Laptop battery packs and phone batteries suffer the same fate. If you dont use it you loose it.
I would check the battery contacts on the gamegear to make sure that no other batteries have leaked already.
If it does look like batteries have leaked in the gamegear before you are going to have to clean it all up.
Have you tried to power the gamegear with an AC adapter? Usually you can pick up a universal adapter at Wal-mart for like $10 you just have to make sure it can do 9V.