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Sega Master System Cartridge Issues

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?

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    I too have this exact problem with my SMS2. I'm going to crack it open now and see if it has the same solder issue that you reported.

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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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