It’s not everday that a customer brings one of these in to the shop. In all honesty, this was the first Sega Nomad to ever come through our doors and boy were we super excited to work on it. If you’ve never seen one before, the Sega Nomad is the handheld version of a sega geneis loading the cartridges much like a Gamegear does. My only qualm with the design of these is that it still requires a DC power supply to work. No native battery options like the Gamegear.
We started this repair by replacing all 38 surface mounted capacitors. Old electrolytics capacitors tend to be one of the first things to go in retro consoles. Further downstream damage can occur if action isn’t taken to replace these failing components. Recapping provides longevity, and restores the full acoustic and screen brightness range. In fact, the new found volume range uncovered a speaker that was crackling with the volume dialed up. We installed a new speaker hijacked from a Gameboy advance, re-tested and it sounded mint!
But we weren’t done yet! Our customer also brought in an LCD kit to be installed. Check out the video to see the final results!