Question about Nintendo Game Boy Advance Console
Well, Santa messed up this year! We purchased a Smart Cycle from Target, and left it set up in the house while we visited family....when we returned, there it was, all set-up and ready from "Santa" for our 4 1/2 year old son. The system comes with one game cartridge...we turned on the unit, and my son followed the directions (while I was standing there) and then the problems started. First, the system completely locked up soon after he began peddling....then, the system would re-start. We changed to another cartridge, and the same problems. I've checked other sites, reviews, etc., and the only problems I've found are with the peddles coming loose, so I'm guessing this might just be a faulty system that needs to be exchanged?
If your games are freezing up, or you are getting a garbled screen, or a split screen (solid color block on one side, black on the other)......spray some windex on the circuit board of the game cartridge and clean with q-tips. I know it sounds crazy; but I took the smart cycle apart this weekend trying to diagnose the problem. Ours kept having the above problems, and it seemed to me like a bad connection between the game cartridge and the "slot". Nothing worked until I finally tried the windex as a last ditch effort. WORKED LIKE A CHARM. Tried a game, didn't worked, cleaned with windex, works now no problem. This worked for all six of my game cartridges, when none of them would work before.
Posted on Oct 19, 2009
Just had similar issues as above - no picture, picture w/ split screen, no games would function, freezing etc. It seems the less these units are used, the more the contacts on the game cartridge oxidize. I was ready to rip the bike unit apart, but thought I'd try burnishing the game cartridge contacts with a pencil eraser first before attempting to disassemble the unit. Worked like a charm. Use a small flat eraser or one of the add-on ones that comes to a point. Go over each side of the cartridge contacts for 30 seconds or so, then blow out the crumbs. You can use electronic contact spray cleaner as well if you want - I don't recommend windex. I used alcohol on a small cloth w/ a small screwdriver (carefully) or spray contact cleaner on the connector on the bike as well - just make sure the unit is off & the stuff dries for a minute or so before you power things back on.
Posted on Dec 03, 2009
I had similar problems. It was hard to turn on, and the toy will shut itself off mysteriously. The power on/off switch was loose and making bad contacts. I took out the seven screws underneath the grey control console. Turns out the circuit board along with the power switch were not securely fastened ($100 for this?!!). Tightening a few screws so the power switch would not jiggle, and snapping the console back on, problem solved within 5 minutes.
Posted on Dec 30, 2007
Great idea! The kids love it - when it works. We purchased this as a Christmas present in 2007 and have had problems with the unit shutting off, locking up in the middle of a game or just not starting up all along.
On our unit the game cartridge does not always slide in all the way and when it wiggles loose the game quits or freezes. Removing the cartridge and pushing it in a couple of times seems to fix the problem. The same procedure seems to have fixed a problem were it would not start up after not being used for a long time.
Likewise, the power switch requires jiggling quite often to get the unit to power up and stay powered up.
It seems to me that quality took a back seat on this product. I would have gladly paid a bit more for something that worked reliably.
Posted on Nov 22, 2008
Grandma bought this for my 4 yr old twins. It doesn't peddle? Trying to find troubleshooting tips from Fisher-Price with little luck.
Posted on Dec 31, 2007
Fiend your solution direct from Nintendo. Here is your solution....
Posted on Apr 04, 2009
Yes. i had same problem. cleaning the cartridge contact (on both bike and cartridge) solved the issues.
Posted on Feb 22, 2015
For us it was not working through the tv or cable box but when I connected it thrkough the vcr. Volia it worked. finicky littel sob.
Posted on Sep 24, 2014
Thank you mymymy and tinker652. I tried both of your suggestions and our bike is working now!
Posted on Aug 05, 2010
Had the cycle for 1 year, grandson played till the batteries went. Changed them and now it wont turn on, or work,
Posted on Jul 30, 2010
Before you call the phone number above or take out seven screws, try changing the batteries. Our system was powering off and it turns out that is a function of older batteries.
Posted on Sep 13, 2008
How can I connect the Smart Cycle to a VGA monitor? Do I need an Cinch/VGA adapter or a signal converter?
Posted on Mar 31, 2010
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