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Every now and then we see a console that is outside the regular scope of repairs we offer.  More common repairs include things like HDMI port replacements, maybe a little bit of nerd rage, but this one was a little bit different.  Playing vids under the soft flicker of candle light sounds like a great idea for date night… but not so much when the candle is ON the xbox one.  The candle wax melted down through the fan vents and coated the entire APU and surrounding ram chips.  Thankfully wax isn’t conductive so no permanent damage was caused! WHEW!

 

candle wax melted into xbox one motherboard

Game Gear Mods and Upgrades!

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Game Gear Mods and Upgrades are here at VideogameRepairs!  Two of the most popular services we offer include the full cap kit installation and the McWill LCD replacement screen installation.  The original surface mounted caps inside these units start to fail and our replacement caps bring new life to your handhelds.  Barely audible sound will turn back into the clear crisp stereo sound you had back in the 90’s.  The video capacitors that get replaced will tune your picture into a much more vivid full spectrum display.

new capacitors in game gear

 

The other mod we offer installs for is the McWill LCD mod.  Full credit for development of this mod goes to McWill.  If you have specific questions about this mod, please contact him directly on the Atari Age forum or email him directly: order-lynx-lcd@online.de

There is also a fountain of information about this mod on RetroRGB.com

This kit was brings a whole new level of clarity to your picture.  Check out this link to read up more about the McWill mod and what it can do for your Game Gear.  It also gives you the ability to hook up your game gear to your TV!

beautiful picture on game gear

Thermal Paste: Why it matters

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Regular servicing of all your electronics is a must.  The steady build up of pet hair, dust, and debris are all at work trying to put on the chokehold.  Well we’re here to help you fight back!

Over time, this build up will start to line the areas where air is designed to naturally flow through your machine.  This air flow in most systems is controller by a fan that will draw in cool room temperature air and pull it across a heat sink that is passively dissipating heat and in turn will wick the temperature down.  As these main arteries start to close up from debris, your machines start to run harder and hotter to achieve the same level of performance they were delivering prior.  Imagine doing an exercise routine with a straw in your mouth…. not a fun time.

Heat is generated mainly from your main processing units and on them, it is normal to find a white or grey gooey paste that helps conduct the heat to a heatsink above.  Thermal paste as its normally referred is critical for maintaining normal operating temperatures.  Over the years, it is natural for a reduction in the heat conducting capacity of this paste through the drying and hardening of this paste.  Through our years of working on machines, we’ve found many machines that from factory have very little or almost no thermal paste on their processors.  We encourage regular servicing of your electronics to maintain for years past their normal expiry date!

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