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Vtech v smile console (not pocket)

I can't get the controllers to work. When one of the controllers is plugged into the front of the console the green light (on button the sun) will turn off and the controllers won't work, we have an art studio pad also and it doesn't work either. I was wondering if there was some cleaning that I could do?

Thanks, my children and I appreciate any help you can give us.
Sandei

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  • Anonymous Jul 22, 2008

    I have the same problem. when I can get my mine to come on at all it goes off when I put a game in. I have two of these systems and have problems with both. I dont have my users manual so I really need help.

  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2008

    darn! no one has a solution?!

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I seen many problems with these systems.
I'm an electronics engineer by trade.
Most problems are due to the cheap plateing on the cartridges contacts..it can make the console do very strange things.

firstly push back the spring loaded cover for the cartridge contacts (on the cart' not the machine) and give em a dry scrub with a scouring pad and a good wiping with a dry clean cloth....works 90% of the time.

some times it is needed to strip the console and clean the internal contacts in the cart' slot.



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I bought a used one on Ebay. We couldn't get it to turn on at first. Then we got it to turn on when there was no cartridge in it, but when we'd put a cartridge in, it would turn off. I finally went online and found the manual. It suggested hitting the reset button on the bottom of the system. It's a small hole that you have to put a pin or something in to reset the system. It worked right away then. We started it up without the cart in there and turned it on, then put in the game. It kind of seems to be a picky system.

We are still having problems getting the Art Studio to work though. It seems like the system can't see the art pad.

Posted on Nov 26, 2008

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You might need to use batteries but if not it is probably a problem with controller going into the slot. is the slot for the controller a usb by any chance?

Posted on Jul 31, 2008

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My daughter was playing her vsmile one morning and it work fine. But by the afternoon I can't get the controller to work. The system is working but you can't move with the controller. Any help? Thanks.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008

I have a problem that my son was playing with the v smile and all of a sudden turned off and doesn't want to turn on does anyboy had this same problem?

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I have the same issue with two of these units, and I find that leaving the power cable unplugged, plug the cart in, then plug the power in, sometimes it works. Sometimes you have to repeat this many times before it starts working. I am guessing it is a problem with the little card slot inside the unit, but not sure. Would be nice to have a better fix for this.

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