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22 October 2012 - 08:26 PMWell, I mean, bleach has always worked for me, but if you REALLY WANT to show me nudie pics of the console, I won't say no.
And hey, if I don't see the problem, someone else might. So I think posting a picture here is a good plan.
22 October 2012 - 06:15 PMAsh, thank you for asking! I keep the bleach in the garage, with the rest of the school supplies.
The problem with your Mega CD 2 sounds like an electrical problem with the disk drive's motor, which was likely damaged when the fuse blew; if you have already replaced the lens, and taken great care to avoid damaging it, I doubt it's the problem.
Because the disk drives in Mega CDs are essentially self-contained modules, with a wide, flat IDE cable running from it to the processor module, it is more difficult to repair or replace a broken motor than it is to simply replace the entire disk drive. I assume, though, that you don't have a closet full of spare Mega CDs. lol
Without being able to hold the motor in my hands, or see the extent of the damage caused by the blown fuse, I don't know how much I can help you. With the information you gave me, my modest professional-amateur opinion is that it's the motor.
22 October 2012 - 01:55 AMI just read the wiki article on the cartridge, which is what I should have done in the first place.
I want to avoid taking a Dremel tool to the cart like some kind of caveman, but I have never seen the beast which fits the hex key-like screw heads on Genesis carts.
22 October 2012 - 12:39 AMRelated: I picked up a Genesis cart at a flea market, label marked it as Sonic Classics, that compilation cart featuring Sonic 1, 2, and Mean Bean Machine. The label was in good condition, the connectors weren't marred, etc.
It struggled to post the copyright notice, but when it did, it booted directly into Sonic 1 - no menu. I reset it several times, and it did this consistently. Was it a Sonic Classics cart?
To find out, I had the ingenious idea of hooking it onto Sonic & Knuckles; I knew that Sonic 1's header had a special interaction with S&K (Blue Spheres), and that would confirm, definitively, if the ROM contained within was Sonic 1.
Blue Sphere came up, and I could adjust the numerical course selector. In fact, that cart was Sonic 1.
What remains is that I open the fucker up and see if it's a pirate cart with something like a joint soldered on the PCB that's forcing it to boot directly to Sonic 1, or if not, whether the cartridge was ever Sonic Classics to begin with.
Anyone had a similar encounter with a Sonic Classics cart?
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20 October 2012 - 10:15 PMHave you determined, affirmatively, that it's a blown fuse? I could actually walk you through diagnostics with your cell phone camera and my MSPaint. Free of charge, no less.
My qualifications include having fixed several model 1 and 2 Sega/Mega CDs; about half of these repairs were in the category "Hey Steve my Sega CD's disk drive sounds like a garbage disposal, please make it stop," and since spare parts are scarce to say the least, I have learned which of the clockwork mechanisms in these drives are and are not mission critical, and where to superglue the LEGOs if the tray jumps the timing belt and the device can no longer eject or accept disks automatically.
The other half were in the categories "Hey Steve my X'Eye smells like weed and the guy at the card shop won't buy it, where do you keep the bleach," "Hey Steve I let my kids play this mint condition model 1 without supervision and now each controller port looks like a prison toothbrush, where do you keep the bleach," or my favorite, "Hey Steve I saw a really cheap Genesis at a flea market and I got it for you as a gift, the guy said he tested it this morning and it worked fine, of course I believe a man who sells cheap knives and stolen sunglasses, wait what do you mean it takes power cords, what's an RF adapter, why are you getting the bleach?"