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!

Before you visit us, be sure to read these tips!

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A little bit a self diagnosing could go a long way and save some time and money. Like my crappy home router, the solution to many modern electronics woes can be distilled down to simply this:

Uunplugging

Wait 15 minutes

Plug back in.

But seriously… you should try this first, it might actually save you a trip. If that doesn’t work, you may want to consider following the troubleshooting guides on the manufacturer’s website.  A lot of known issues can be solved with a factory reset.

We get many consoles brought to our shop that have been misdiagnosed as having a laser or drive problem when in fact the problem is with the game media itself.  Try a different disc and ensure that it isn’t scratched.

Motherboard Repairs and Microsoldering

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Deteriorating solder connections aka cold solder joints are the scourge of modern and retro electronics alike.  Our company works on a regular basis with all kinds of connections including: ball grid arrays (BGAs) , QFPs (traditional surface mounted chips with metal connection legs), through-hole, and surface mount components.  Failure of solder connections is something we see regularly and aside from regular maintenance of your machines is something that’s very difficult to prevent.

Scoping these bad connections and flowing them properly are key to getting the chips to function as originally intended.  Our reflowing process for BGAs has been refined using multiple types of fluxes for varying board types and involves “floating” a chip on a board to confirm full liquid state of the underlying solder.  Reballing is the process of actually removing and chip and replacing the existing solder balls with new ones.  Our reballing techniques can be applied to both the original or the replacement chips if a processor is suspected to be faulty.

The biggest hurdle of motherboard repairs is that its a catch 22 and the only way to fix it is to give it a go.  That being said, we tend to have a very high success rate with our repairs.  ‘quick fix’ youtube repair attempts can greatly hinder our ability to repair your machines.  😉

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