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Help identifying how to fix three GB/GBC games

Gameboy Color Games Fix

#1 DetectiveConanA113  

DetectiveConanA113

Posted 22 May 2014 - 10:24 PM

I have 2 GBC & 1 GB games that just won't work.
Each one does something different when it is placed in my SP.

1) Pocket Bomberman almost always loads up correctly then goes straight to a blank white screen. Every now and again a black rectangle will appear in place of the copyright, & will remain on the startup screen.
2) Nicktoons Racing stays on the startup screen, only showing either the copyright sign alone or the sign along with a little black dot where N from Nintendo should be.
3) Batman: Chaos in Gotham always loads up correctly then goes straight to a blank white screen.

The SP works fine with all other GBA, GB, & GBC games I have. So it's not the system. Each game has also had it's pins cleaned carefully with rubbing alcohol. This worked for all my other games with the same problems, but not these. Is it possible the batteries are dead? Any help would be appreciated. I'll try to open 'em up if pics are needed.

I know I can replace these games for about a $1 each, but these were literally some of my first games ever & I really would rather fix them if possible.

#2 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   24832 Posts   Joined 18.1 Years Ago  

Posted 22 May 2014 - 11:07 PM

They might just be dirty and need some cleaning.

 

Dab a q-tip with some 91% isoproply alcohol, ring out the q-tip with a paper towel (so it's still wet but not dripping wet) and then just wipe the contacts. I usually use one end to do a in and out ( :lol:) a few times and the other end to wipe side to side a few times. Let it sit for a few minutes to let it dry. 

 

If the q-tip comes out clean, then obviously the games weren't dirty and your problem is probably something else. 



#3 DetectiveConanA113  

DetectiveConanA113

Posted 24 May 2014 - 06:19 AM

They might just be dirty and need some cleaning.

Dab a q-tip with some 91% isoproply alcohol, ring out the q-tip with a paper towel (so it's still wet but not dripping wet) and then just wipe the contacts. I usually use one end to do a in and out ( :lol:) a few times and the other end to wipe side to side a few times. Let it sit for a few minutes to let it dry.

If the q-tip comes out clean, then obviously the games weren't dirty and your problem is probably something else.

I had already cleaned them twice, but decided to try with 91% (the one I had used was for computer parts & did not have a percentage).

Thanks for the suggestion, as this did work on one of my games. Unfortunately, it didn't work for any of the three I mentioned here.
I guess there is a problem on the inside. Any ideas?

#4 Vinny   Bang, bang... pew... CAGiversary!   24832 Posts   Joined 18.1 Years Ago  

Posted 24 May 2014 - 01:25 PM

No clue. You could try opening them up (you need a tri-wing screw driver, easily found on Amazon and eBay) and seeing if there's some inside damage but the games probably have some serious damage due to age and might not be fixable.

#5 jcmeadows   Even I'm embarrassed CAGiversary!   2245 Posts   Joined 15.6 Years Ago  

Posted 16 June 2014 - 01:06 AM

I have 2 GBC & 1 GB games that just won't work.
Each one does something different when it is placed in my SP.
1) Pocket Bomberman almost always loads up correctly then goes straight to a blank white screen. Every now and again a black rectangle will appear in place of the copyright, & will remain on the startup screen.
2) Nicktoons Racing stays on the startup screen, only showing either the copyright sign alone or the sign along with a little black dot where N from Nintendo should be.
3) Batman: Chaos in Gotham always loads up correctly then goes straight to a blank white screen.
The SP works fine with all other GBA, GB, & GBC games I have. So it's not the system. Each game has also had it's pins cleaned carefully with rubbing alcohol. This worked for all my other games with the same problems, but not these. Is it possible the batteries are dead? Any help would be appreciated. I'll try to open 'em up if pics are needed.
I know I can replace these games for about a $1 each, but these were literally some of my first games ever & I really would rather fix them if possible.


I had a zelda game that would boot up and run to the title screen but when I hit start the screen would go black and do nothing. I replaced the battery on the board and now it works fine. It may not work but it could be worth a try.

#6 DetectiveConanA113  

DetectiveConanA113

Posted 28 June 2014 - 08:10 AM

I had a zelda game that would boot up and run to the title screen but when I hit start the screen would go black and do nothing. I replaced the battery on the board and now it works fine. It may not work but it could be worth a try.


I've read when the screen goes black it usually means the battery needs replacing & white means something is wrong with the board itself...I'm hoping the later isn't true & instead am looking into purchasing the security bits to open the games so I can try changing the batteries (and a tri-wing screw driver while I'm at it, for anything else that may need fixing in the future).