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V-smile not working once cartridge is placed in slot

When we turn the v-smile on it does show the v-smile logo,when we place the cartridge it stops working(we just get a empty screen)

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Here's the solution to your V smile: Oxidized connectors! Remeber the original Nintendo back in the 80s? You had to repeatedly reinsert the cartridge so that it would work properly. The V smile has the same problem. They use tin plated copper contacts on the game cartridges as well as the internal connector. All newer electronics use gold plated contacts because gold does not oxidize (rust, corrode). You'll need a very fine sheet of sandpaper. Start by lightly sanding the game cartridge connector (you have to expose the contacts by pushing the plastic part in). Make sure you wipe the contacts clean with a rag, and do not touch the contacts with your fingers! Then you have to do the same with the console's internal connector. The danger here is bending one of the pins inside so be very careful. The real solution to this would be to replace the connector but no one sells it (checked ebay, Vtech). Should last a couple of months to a few years, depending on relative humidity and use. If your V smile turns on normally without a game cartridge, then this is your problem. Symptoms vary from no power to corrupted graphics to no sound as well as random turn off (with a cartridge, no problems without a cartridge). I've done a few lately and all are working like new. Let me know how it goes, but I take no responsability for bent pins, damaged connectors, fire, earthquake,...

Posted on Sep 14, 2009

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    I LOVE YOU!!! this works amazingly!

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I followed the solution posed by pizzachaude, however instead of using sandpaper, I just rubbed both sides of the cartridge contacts with a plastic rubber (the white type that is used in schools). Worked brilliantly, and no worries about damaging the contacts or the console pins.

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Cheers worked a treat I use a nail file that had a fine grit. Too easy love your work I was going to throw the unit away. Recycled for the kids to have more fun with AAAA+++++ I love google...

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It might be the batteries. Had a similar problem with a different product. I was using rechargeables without issue. Then our product did the same.... Vtech recommeds not using rechargeables... so I put in standard batteries and voila.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011

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