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Sega genesis isnt working...

My sega genesis has like this thick white line on the screen when I hook it up. It makes this really loud brrrrzzz noise and no screen on the sega and only that annoying brrrrzzzz sound. Can somebody help me?

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Have you cleaned the Sega? What I mean is where the casset game goes. Push down the little flap, and there should be a little strip with contacts on the inside. Just clean it with a cotton swab and alcohol. And also, clean all your games also the same way.

Hope this helps.

Posted on May 09, 2009

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