I encountered an odd problem with my Sega Genesis. Normally, when I
turn the system on, even if there is no cartridge inside the system,
the screen turns from blue to black. It doesn't do that anymore; it
stays blue, and there is no change at all. I tried using different
adapters, but that didn't work. I tried switching TV's, but that didn't
work. So, I bought another one off Ebay, and I have the same problem on
both TV's. The Genesis came with new adapters, except a Genesis power
adapter, so I used another one. The new genesis came with a broken RF
adapter [It won't fit the slot], and a Composite adapter that fits. The
only thing that I had to re-use was the power adapter. What could be
the problem? The red LED on the genesis turns on when I press the power
button, so I don't think power is a problem.
I encountered a similar problem a few years ago. The television that I was using did not have a coaxial (cable) line, so I had to us an adapter I have purchased at walmart to change the R/F adapter to RCA style A/V. Turned out that the problem was that this was bad.
So, My guess (given that you have used two televisions, and two different SEGA Genesis consoles) that thr problem would have to be something between the two that they would have in common.
My only other possible solution, would be that maybe the A/C adapter is functioning, but not properly. You could test it with a digital multimeter to make sure, or replace it with a universal A/C adapter, and adjust the voltage to 12 volts.
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Try an older TV set. I am not joking. It might very well be the case that newer TV sets/high-end TV systems can't handle the signals of the older video game consoles. Because the newr tv;s don't have the signal transfer inside of them to make the old consoles work so you could use the genesis av cables to hook up to a digital tv instead of the rf switch.
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.
You may have a dirty cartridge in your hands, try cleaning the contacts with rubbing alcohol, use a cute tip and let dry, then try again. If still problem persist try to clean the console itself following the same procedure, best of luck.
You may have a dirty cartridge in your hands, try cleaning the contacts with rubbing alcohol, use a cute tip and let dry, then try again. If still problem persist try to clean the console itself following same procedure, best of luck.
Does it power up,,if its just not playing the games,, take some quetips and dip them in alcohol,,use it to clean inside the genesis where the games go in and clean the games with it,, if you have the sega cd addon system ,,also clean the place on the side where u connect the sega cd,, hope this helps,,i have 4 or 5 sega genesis,, and the sega cd system,,,thanks
If the screen changes (From snow to black or something) when the console is turned on it sound like the console is partially working. Try cleaning the Cardridge pins que tip and some sort of cleaning fluid.
Once this is done insert and eject the cartridge several times then repeat the cleaning process on the cartridge. Hope this helps.
As I had just a similar problem with my MegaDrive/Genesis maybe this helps: Try an older TV set. I am not joking. It might very well be the case that newer TV sets/high-end TV systems can't handle the signals of the older video game systems. I have a 100 hz TV set and whereas there are no problems with a SNES, with the MegaDrive I just had a black and white screen with bars running through it. On a 60 Hz TV set this problem does not occur. Keep in mind that there were no 100 hz/HDTV sets around when these video game systems were in general use.
Actually somethign like that happened to mine. you might want to try to place a piece of paper in the front of the cartridge that will make the cartridge stay all the way back this is due to the fact that some of the connectors were messed up and had to be extremely close to work.