I had a spare Saturn that I recently gave to a friend to square-up a small debt, he's a big Saturn fan and he felt it was a fair trade. Unfortunately, it has developed some odd problems in his possession... Back around 2000 or so, I used the machine without issue for a period of about 3 or 4 years. I had also installed a region switch so I could also play Japanese and European games. The machine sat in storage for a number of years, but I made sure to test it prior to giving it to him. Worked fine with local and import games, memory card, gameshark, multitap... I taped the lid-switch closed and tested CDRs without issue... In the time he has had the machine, it has begun randomly rebooting to the CD-Player screen saying the CD lid is open. This occurs arbitrarily during gameplay even if the door is closed (meaning, even if the tape came loose, the door would still push the switch closed, so I don't think it is problem with the switch itself). Twice I have disassembled the machine and given it a thorough visual inspection, only to find no visible problems. I've cleaned the connectors on the ribbon cables and reseated them, then reassembled the entire unit. It worked for about a month the first time, then the door-lid problem started again. THis weekend was the second time I looked at the machine... upon reassembly, we managed to play a CDR of Pocket Fighter for about half an hour straight, then some 4-player Blast Chamber for a bit, and assumed everything was fine. I get a message from him today saying now the "Z" button on his controller doesn't work; he's tried his two other pads (1 western, 1 japanese, 1 3D), and they all had the same issue. He blew into the controller port and the plug itself and it didn't seem to alleviate anything. Is there some kind of quirky-ass issue with Saturns that I'm unaware of?? The one I gave him is one of the 21-pin cable, 64-pin IC, oval-button models... my personal primary machine is a 21-pin, 32-pin IC, round-button model, and has never given me any issues; nor has my other, old-as-shit, very-original-first-gen-model-1 machine had a single problem (20-pin cable, door-switch on top-half of case). While talking to my friend this afternoon, I randomly remembered the old 32x Repair article that Phugolz made on the CulT: http://sonic-cult.org/articles/32x/ And wondered if maybe those godforsaken white ribbon cables in the Saturn are prone to the same loose-connection issue... I'm at the point where I'm willing to solder individual wires to replace the ribbon-cables; I gave this to a friend not only to pay-off a debt, but because I know he really loves the Saturn, so now I feel like some kind of asshole since the machine is giving him all kinds of BS problems. He also eventually wants to buy a mod-chip for it, so I don't want to hard-wire the connections just yet... Does anyone know if there's anything else I should try first?