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Sega Gamegear Wont turn on

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?

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  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    Exactly the same as above, any help would be great

  • deckiea May 19, 2009

    exact same new batteries powers up for under a second and no more

  • IshrahSan May 11, 2010

    Have any of you tried using it with the power adapter plugged in instead of using batteries?

  • Stuart May 11, 2010

    Same thing happens when it turns on without a game inside it?

    More than likely its the system itself.


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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!!!

Here's a picture of the capacitors and another solution if my easy fix doesn't work.

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