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I found a Sega game gear in my kid's closet, and would like to give it away. I put batteries in, and it seemed to power up momentarily and then went dead. Would someone want it for any reason?

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Sure i'll take it off your hands. i just found my old game gear a month ago, but no picture shows up. so i could use it for parts. my email is thanx

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Do a search on the net for Game Gear display repair. There is even videos on YouTube that show how to make the repair.

I would suspect it it the capacitors that have failed. The display, and the sound issues are easily repaird by installing new caps. Seek someone who is good at soldering small parts on a circuit board. The cost of the parts should be under $10.
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its very tough to say as the production of this video game is closed and u wont get any spare parts

Feb 25, 2010 | Sega Game Gear Console

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Common problems with the GG. I would suggest that you seek the services of someone experienced with soldering small electronic parts. The repair is straightforward, but if you have never soldered, or worked on curcuit boards, I would not attempt it.

I have repaired 3 before with good results. To save me from repeating a reply, please see my other post here:

As capacitors age, they dry out. When they dry out, the fail.
The youtube videos will show you what you are up against. I'll bet I could make some money fixing all these units that are her eon FixYa :)

Good luck.

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this is fixed by unscrewing the megadrive and a little solder on the each of the 3 joints.

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