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    Default Why are there so many dead Grind Stormers?

    My Grind Stormer used to work a long time ago..... Then it started to get really glitchy on the first level and now it barely gets past the Sega screen. I know I'm not the only one though with a dead or almost dead copy. There's one up on ebay right now and I've talked to several people who have one or seen one that's not working.
    If you have a dead or messed up copy chime in. Has anyone fixed one? My contacts are really clean and there doesn't appear to be any cut traces on my cart, cap isn't leaking etc but I haven't done anything else with it yet.

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    What I heard is that there was a manufacturing defect in the original run of Grind Stormers, which is why there are so many defective ones. I have no idea what that defect was. I no longer have my dead Grind Stormer cart, but I did buy one years ago at a Hollywood Video that was DOA when I got home. I think it was the only Sega cart game I ever bought that didn't work (after cleaning the contacts).

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    I've been lucky enough to have my original cart still working, but I think Tengen cheaped out on the PCBs, hence all the issues. I seem to remember there was a fellow here that got a dead one and transplanted the ROM from the original PCB to another without any issues and then got it to work again.
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    Most Genesis games are just simple ROM carts, so the problem has to be either bit rot or faulty solder/traces.

    If you want I can take a look at it and verify the ROM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bustedstr8 View Post
    Most Genesis games are just simple ROM carts, so the problem has to be either bit rot or faulty solder/traces.

    If you want I can take a look at it and verify the ROM.
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    The PCB's on them are crap. I was bored a while back and swapped the rom chip from my copy of Grindstormer onto a Sega board from an old sports game and the game worked perfectly fine. So theres nothing wrong with the rom chips, its just the cheaply made Tengen PCB's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgeme View Post
    The PCB's on them are crap. I was bored a while back and swapped the rom chip from my copy of Grindstormer onto a Sega board from an old sports game and the game worked perfectly fine. So theres nothing wrong with the rom chips, its just the cheaply made Tengen PCB's.
    Wow interesting.... I haven't had a chance to mess with mine yet but wouldn't mind giving that a try. What game did you use?

    Also bust, thanks for the offer man I'll catch up with you later about that

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    eek.. I need to toss my copy into the HDG Model 1 in office after work to check on this... Scary stuff.

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    So you took your HDG #1 to work after all, yes ?
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    Then we set about developing killer games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christuserloeser View Post
    So you took your HDG #1 to work after all, yes ?
    Why not? I take mine to work, seriously, I do. I hook it up to a Samsung 20" CRT and play a few co-workers in some 16-Bit sports action like NBA Jam and Madden 95.

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    That's really really cool, but he mentioned somewhere he'd leave his model 1 at home to take out the model 2 instead.
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    The Mega Drive was far inferior to the NES in terms of diffusion rate and sales in the Japanese market, though there were ardent Sega users. But in the US and Europe, we knew Sega could challenge Nintendo. We aimed at dominating those markets, hiring experienced staff for our overseas department in Japan, and revitalising Sega of America and the ailing Virgin group in Europe.

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    I just got this game a few weeks ago and it's been working fine so far.

    The only one i've had an issue with is Thunder Force 3, it's the only cart i've ever seen that was DOA. Contacts look super clean, just doesn't work

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    The Game isn't cheap ..I just checked ebay

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    Mine is still working. Fingers crossed it will keep working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnightWarrior View Post
    The Game isn't cheap ..I just checked ebay
    The crazy thing is, just a year or more ago it was not uncommon to see complete copies sit unsold at $50.

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