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Hi,

I recently got this japanese plug n play console that runs on 4 c type batteries.

I tested it on my lcd tv with the usual av connections and it worked fine. Till the battery low started blinking on my screen, so i turned off the console had it set for 10-15 mins and plugged it in on a diffrent lcd tv with the same av inputs (yellow,white,red) fresh batteries and now it showed artifacts on my screen, the kind of which you normally see on nes/famicom cartridges that you need to blow in order to fix. Now i can't use the plug n play console.

Is this a:
- Board/chip issue?
- Av cables need replacement?

Additional info:

- Game dev is xavix ssd
- Console was released in Japan 2003
- Runs on 4 C type battries.
- Has an option for a 6v adapter.

Hope you can help

Thank you so much!

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Hi Jops,

The issue with the plug n play games is that when the voltage starts to run low, you'll get artifacts on the screen like you are describing (the same thing happens with the Pac Man plug and play games you commonly find as well)

My guess is that your batteries are either installed incorrectly, aren't making good contact, or one (or more) are actually bad. This would explain the behavior of the system. I doubt that there is anything wrong with the cables or the board.

You may want to located a 6V adapter, if only to save money on batteries.

Hope this helps!
Brian

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Brian Penzone

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I can answer questions regarding coin-operated arcade game questions down to the logic board. Error codes, erratic operation, dead boards, I can help with them all. I can help with video monitors on a very limited and basic level only.

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I have spent nearly 20 years as an avid arcade collector, and spent nearly 10 of those years as the lead tech for a large arcade operator, doing work for manufacturers and other coin-operated amusement companies around the globe. I maintain a good sized collection of arcade games, as well as a large inventory of spare parts for a wide range of arcade machines.

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BA from The Ohio State University, Associates from DeVry University

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