I bought a Master System with one game. The built in games load up fine, but no cartridges will load up; it just keeps going to the built in games select screen. I have cleaned it pretty thouroughly. Any other ideas?
I found out what was wrong. The all of the solder connections where the cartridge slot pins meet the board were broken. I was able to verify that this was the issue by pressing the connections together while trying to boot up with a cartridge and it working. I will just need to get a fine tip for my soldering iron and some really small gauge solder.
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The add-on device for your game gear might of been bad/defected and could of possible shorted out something in your game gear. Make sure the cartridge port is very clean and if you still have no luck you at least have a retro paperweight. contact the manufacture/seller of your multi-cartridge and see if you can have this cleared up.
This si a very old peice, I would say its the video card inside called the gpu witch is getting hot causing it to crash mid game. This hapends with age,use ect ect the only way to repair this is with a new logic board. With that said you might want to consider buying another of ebay. These are going dirty cheap i seen one for 5 bucks. So really there is not really anything that can be done to tell you the truth.
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The problem doesn't come from your console, but from your game cartridge. I had the same problem, and I've stumbled upon your question while Googling about it.
Recently, I wrote a tutorial about how to solve this problem which affects most old consoles that use game cartridges, such as the NES, the Nintendo 64 and the Genesis.
The tutorial is in French, so here's link to a translation by Google Translate: http://is.gd/52USF Please ignore grammatical mistakes, as those are the result of the automatic translation. The tutorial is about NES cartridges, but it works with any gaming system that uses cartridges.
I have the same problem with my genesis. Most likely it freezes if you make the cartridge move any, which is hard to avoid on these older consoles. Same goes for any cartridge based console i.e. NES,SNES,N64 sega Theres a cheap way to keep the cartridge from moving though, heres what i do; As your inserting the game, wedge something like a quarter, or a small piece of cardboard with the game. It keeps the game from moving, and thus keeping it from freezing. hope this works for you!!