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Power Problem I just bought a used sega genesis from a game store. i got it home and hooked it up but when i turn it on the red powr light doesnt do anything and nothing happens on the screen. im assuming its just broken but i wanted to know if there is anything anyone knows for a quick fix.

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    My Sega Genesis will not even turn on and the power light won't come on.

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Um take it back

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Well it might be the ac adapter that is causing the problem so you could try a new adapter to see if it works again if not then its a power system failure.

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