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Why do you Clean Game Carts
« on: May 19, 2017, 11:29:02 am »
I don't get why people make such a big deal out cleaning game cartridges, my policy is if it ain't broke don't fix it as I never clean a Cartridge unless it doesn't work or has a really bad connection where when I plug it in it doesn't work right away, if it works every time you plug it in why clean it. 

I know from personal experiences if you don't know what you are doing you can ruin a game with cleaning, in fact I had once owned a copy of the SNES game Super Street Fighter, my cat pooped on it, I had gotten most the poop off of the inside and it worked fine when I plugged it in, my stupid older brother came along and said clean it with alcohol the game never worked again it work fine when it still had some poop on it. lol


   
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Re: Why do you Clean Game Carts
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2017, 12:45:28 pm »
You don't care if cat poop gets in your console? :o
Isn't that kind of inviting bugs to find their way in?

A few months ago I opened all my Game Boy games and found this Japanese copy of Kirby's Star Stacker had a dead battery that had leaked all over the PCB. Using a water/baking soda mixture I think I got as much of the residue as I could off.
After drying I tested it and the game still function (aside from of course the saving), but it was still a pretty ugly sight.

Still, glad that I don't think I actually played it before that since I had bought it among a number of other cheap games from Japan several years ago.

In case anybody wants to see it in filthy state:
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« Last Edit: May 19, 2017, 12:51:16 pm by KingMike »
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Re: Why do you Clean Game Carts
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2017, 11:23:37 pm »
A few months ago I opened all my Game Boy games and found this Japanese copy of Kirby's Star Stacker had a dead battery that had leaked all over the PCB.

Whoever ended up with the copy of Kung Fu I had for the NES got a cart full of cigarette butts. I don't know what possessed me to do it.
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Re: Why do you Clean Game Carts
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2017, 11:27:40 pm »
Whoever ended up with the copy of Kung Fu I had for the NES got a cart full of cigarette butts. I don't know what possessed me to do it.

Were you trying to hide it or were you suffering from withdrawal effects..? I can't think of any other plausible reasons...

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Re: Why do you Clean Game Carts
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 11:32:25 pm »
Were you trying to hide it or were you suffering from withdrawal effects..? I can't think of any other plausible reasons...

I remember opening a bunch of those carts up to compare their guts at the time (late high school). I think I did it because I both hated that game and thought it was funny. The difference in weight was obvious. I can't help but wonder if anyone ever opened it back up. I'm sure they would have been completely baffled.
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Re: Why do you Clean Game Carts
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 11:44:33 pm »
Funny in theory but  can cigarette butts cause fires in that environment..?

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Re: Why do you Clean Game Carts
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2017, 12:07:43 am »
Funny in theory but  can cigarette butts cause fires in that environment..?

Doesn't sound possible or realistic. The only thing they were going to do was stink.
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Re: Why do you Clean Game Carts
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2017, 07:27:51 pm »
When i were younger a friend loaned me his super mario world and looked at me and said if it didnt work run it under water. So i did dried it off it worked. I couldnt beleive. Thinking back that was very stupid of us.

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Re: Why do you Clean Game Carts
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2017, 09:49:43 pm »
When I was a kid I thought any liquid on a cart period, would fry it, tossed my copy of Kirby's Adventure because somebody dumped juice in it. (Weirdly I had made some kind of mental exception for invulnerable GBC carts, which I regularly left outside.)

Later on when I found out that they only fry if running, i started "bathing" my carts I wanted clean by sloshing them through a tub of water, cleaning the connectors with TP, and then leaving them to dry in an AC duct.

Nowadays I just use q-tips and alcohol, and only for games that have been sitting long enough to collect grime or have just randomly stopped working.

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Re: Why do you Clean Game Carts
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2017, 01:17:37 am »
When I was a kid I thought any liquid on a cart period, would fry it, tossed my copy of Kirby's Adventure because somebody dumped juice in it. (Weirdly I had made some kind of mental exception for invulnerable GBC carts, which I regularly left outside.)
Nintendo did sell the cleaning kit which recommended a few drops of water.
(although I suppose if you didn't bother with that, you could think it was bad, since the back of NES carts did say "Do not immerse in water")
Yes, rubbing alcohol is better but I've someone suggest Nintendo suggested water because of kids that would do dumb things with the alcohol. :P )
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Re: Why do you Clean Game Carts
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2017, 06:15:33 pm »
Nintendo did sell the cleaning kit which recommended a few drops of water.
(although I suppose if you didn't bother with that, you could think it was bad, since the back of NES carts did say "Do not immerse in water")
Yes, rubbing alcohol is better but I've someone suggest Nintendo suggested water because of kids that would do dumb things with the alcohol. :P )

Sadly this happened long after most stores stopped selling NES Cleaning kits (I'd say 1998 or later), I never knew the things existed until mid 2000s when my parents finally set up an internet connection, and yeah the whole water bad thing was hammered in way too hard, back then I had no way of knowing things didn't work as the label suggested.
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Re: Why do you Clean Game Carts
« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2017, 09:55:39 pm »
You don't care if cat poop gets in your console? :o
Isn't that kind of inviting bugs to find their way in?

A few months ago I opened all my Game Boy games and found this Japanese copy of Kirby's Star Stacker had a dead battery that had leaked all over the PCB. Using a water/baking soda mixture I think I got as much of the residue as I could off.
After drying I tested it and the game still function (aside from of course the saving), but it was still a pretty ugly sight.

Still, glad that I don't think I actually played it before that since I had bought it among a number of other cheap games from Japan several years ago.

In case anybody wants to see it in filthy state:
http://i.imgur.com/ke5GmPU.jpg

Back then I didn't even think about the console getting dirty. lol

I have some carts now I probably should clean like my Famicom Pac-Man Multi Cart it's kind of grimly looking but works well. I used to have to clean all my carts anyway when I had a FC3 Plus it had a problem of not reading a lot carts unless they were cleaned.  I just used tooth paste to brush the pins and brushed it off with some extra water and let them dry. Worked 90 percent the time. I don't remember if I used fluoride toothpaste or what, but just scrubbing the pins with a tooth brush and water does work.

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