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Sega console am getting no response from control pad

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If there is no response it sounds like there is a bad connection between console and controller. I would clean the connectors. If that doesn't work take the controller apart and make sure the wire is connected well to the board inside the controller. You can try to unconnect it and reconnect it. Clean the board inside, that might help.

Posted on Aug 24, 2007

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