Last updated: August 2018
In addition to computers, I also have a few old video game consoles.
Purchase Dates: August and October of 2011, as well as August of 2018
The very, very first problem I remember was that I couldn't get games to load. A friend of mine suggested blowing in the cartridge and cartridge slot, and that made it work! Woo!
Unfortunately, there was more to come. The first real adventure was the DC jacks, which are known to have dry solder joint problems on these systems. This causes the system to turn off if you jiggle the plug too much. Later on, it refused to run on batteries anymore,
which I still haven't been able to fix to this day as I write this (December 12th, 2016).
I then bought another Nomad. Its serial number was lower than the first, yet, despite being older, it worked great...at first. The DC jack began failing just like the first one later on.
However, after some time and some fiddling around with an old soldering iron, these Nomads' DC jack issues were fixed! Yay! The secret is to use flux. So I had one Nomad that ran well off of hardwired-power, and another Nomad that ran well off of both.
On December 18th of 2016, I confirmed that the reason for my first Nomad acting up is because the DC jack is bad. I
need to replace it, and intend to order a replacement with my next Mouser Electronics order. have replaced it, and now it works great.
On August 2nd of 2018, seven years later, I got into the game again, buying yet another Nomad, this time for $90, once again on eBay. It arrived on the 8th. It wouldn't turn on at all, and further inspection revealed that this was due to a failed previous attempt at repairing it. I bypassed the solder pad that was almost gone, and now it works beautifully...except it won't run on batteries. I'm going to get into it later and try to fix that issue. Perhaps it's another actual bad jack, or perhaps it's a solder joint issue.
This Sega Genesis is trusty, and has worked great ever since I got it...for the most part, as there once was a time that the console acted dead, never ever being able to launch a game, but it mysteriously started working again shortly after.
I still remember being surprised at how small the console was. I thought from the pictures that it was going to be bigger, but it was only about the size of my netbook!
I also have a computer that I built that was actually made out of a Model 1 Sega Genesis. The full project log is here.
Purchase Date: Mid-2012
My Dreamcast has had its fair share of problems ever since the get-go. I remember playing Sonic Adventure (see my Sonic Adventure story) and getting to Final Egg, with the game freezing at the loading screen every time. I also remember looking up the problem, and finding the workaround of turning the console upside-down, trying it, and being amazed at the result!
With that said, this thing doesn't work perfect, and, sadly,
I lost the power cord, so I've never been able to play it in a long time. I don't know how long it's been. I got another power cord for it, and thankfully, it still works.