I plugged the Genesis in perfectly fine, and the power comes on when you press the button, but no picture comes up. I've cleaned the games, but I still have the same problem.
The Genesis hasn't been dropped, exposed to water, or exposed to extreme temperatures.
The last time I had it hooked up, the picture would go out and the sound would be there, and if I pressed on the Sega logo, the picture would sometimes come on, but if I let go, it would go away. Now, there is no sound or picture.
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Re: power comes on, but no picture!
Sounds to me like your going to need to open it up and have a look see if there is any dry joints this is where solder joints dry up and lose contact with the main boards inside this happens to alot of older things ie like the megadrive or an old tv,
if you get your self a magnifying glass a brite torch go around the area inside the megadrive where the logo is on the front you might find a dry joint on one or more componets inside
if your not sure just re solder any joints you can see this should make it work again GOODLUCK
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Control pad's are generally all or nothing devices, they either work or they're dead.
However with a console of this vintage there are a few things that can cause this kind of issue and therefor a couple things you can do to try and resolve it.
1: Clean the serial ports and plugs (the ports and plugs that connect the pads to the console) with an air duster. Air dusters are cans of compressed air with a long nozzle and are available from most computer, electronics and hardware stores. Clean both serial ports even if you're only using one.
2: if cleaning doesn't work try unplugging the power cable, removing the console's casing and touching a hot soldering iron to the base of each of the pins that connect the serial ports to the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) in tern to re-solder them without using any extra solder, if you find that you do need more solder be sparing.
You can see a pictorial guide to disassembling a Sega Genesis here www.takeitapart.net/archives/sega-genesis/ click the pictures to see a larger image.
Lastly if you know anyone else who's in to retro-gaming swap a control pad with them to see if your pad works on there Sega Genesis and there pad works on yours.
If you find the pad actually is dead it's not the end of the world, there are a few around on popular auction sites, retro gaming sites and specialist game stores pretty cheaply.
Sounds like the cartridge connector inside your Sega Genesis is dirty. You'll need to clean the connector AND clean all of your cartridges with rubbing alcohol. Cleaning this connector should be no big problem. Make sure your Sega Genesis is unplugged before you try any kind of cleaning or repair.
To clean your cartridges, simply use rubbing alcohol and Q-tips to scrub the connector pins clean. You will notice lots of dirt coming off onto the Q-tips. This will take many Q-tips.
This is important! Once you clean your cartridges, you still need to clean the connector inside your Genesis. Here's how:
First, get a can of compressed air. Blast air into that cartridge connector to remove any loose dust, dirt, or debris. Chances are, you'll still need to clean more.
Second, Use Q-tips to apply rubbing alcohol to one of your clean cartridges. Insert and remove this cartridge repeatedly.
Third, dry off your cartridge with clean q-tips.
Repeat steps two and three over-and-over until your cartridge slot is clean. Remember to give your Genesis time to dry before you plug it back in.
Bonus tip: If the above method doesn't get your connector totally clean, try wrapping a thin piece of cloth around an old credit card. Apply rubbing alcohol to the cloth, and scrub away at the cartridge connector.
Forgive me if this sounds condescending, but it bears repeating. Please make certain to unplug your Genesis before you attempt to clean or repair it. Safety first.
put a disc in
press button b several times
the game should not start (if it does then press the reset butoon and try again)
you should get the green and blue screen
there is a button called memory
select the button by pressin A
this should give you the status of your memory
then press A again to get into the Memory menu where you can format, move or erase your data
The problem is most likely not the console. The first thing you should try is cleaning the contacts on your games. Most of the games have tamper proof fasteners so unless you have the right tools you won't be able to open them. You can take a q-tip with a little alcohol (damp not wet) and clean both sides of the circuit board on the cartridge until the q-tip comes out clean. Let it dry before sticking it into the console. If you do this to a couple of games with no luck try taking an emery board (for fingernails) and gently inserting it into the connector in the console a few times all along the length of it. Make sure to only push it straight in and pull it straight out. If you try pushing it side to side while it is in there you could damage the connector.