Ashguine 2 cartridge not working

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Par wyrdwad

Paladin (934)

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14-06-2015, 04:56

Hey guys,

I just got in a couple more MSX games, and one of them was a Japanese copy of Ashguine II: The Sky Citadel. I've been buying up a lot of MSX and MSX2 carts these past couple months -- ever since I got my hands on the system itself -- and this is the first time I've ever purchased a cart that simply refused to even boot up. When I put it in and fire up the system, I either lock up at a blue screen (I know it's locked up because if I hit the Pause key, the pause light doesn't even come on) or go straight to MSX BASIC.

I've already contacted the eBay seller I bought it from, and will likely just return it (or get a refund and keep it, if he lets me) and buy another copy... but I wanted to check here and see if this is a common problem with this or other MSX titles, since I'm still pretty new to all of this. And if it is a common problem, do you know if it can be solved? Like, if I were to take the cart in to my local mom-and-pop retro game repair shop, is it likely they'd have the know-how (or I could give them pertinent information) to repair it and make it function again?

As you can probably tell from my questions, I'm not very familiar with the technical side of things when it comes to MSX games! But for your own information, my system is a Panasonic FS-A1WX MSX2+ with MSX music, and I have 12 other cartridge games (both MSX and MSX2) and 2 disk games (MSX2) that all function perfectly on it, so I'm pretty sure I more than match the specs needed to play Ashguine 2, and am thus also pretty sure the problem lies within the cartridge.

Thanks for any advice or commentary you guys can give!

-Tom

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Par wyrdwad

Paladin (934)

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14-06-2015, 08:41

Well, I popped the game in again out of curiosity... and even though I absolutely could NOT get it working earlier, it's working perfectly now.

Must have just been dirty, I guess? Though it sure didn't look it.

Either way, I'll clean the connectors to minimize any future issues. Thanks anyway, though, if you read this!

-Tom

Par Manuel

Ascended (19055)

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14-06-2015, 21:45

In almost all cases this is due to dirty edge connector of the cartridge. Puting it in and out of the cartridge slot will clean it, but better use a cotton tip.

Par gdx

Enlighted (5819)

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15-06-2015, 02:33

The cotton tip is not a good solution because the cotton clings to the pins and can twist it. Also the stick is too large to clean between pins.

Par wyrdwad

Paladin (934)

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15-06-2015, 03:23

I've cleaned one of my MSX games with a Q-tip and some high-proof rubbing alcohol previously, though, and it worked great. As long as the Q-tip is high-quality, no cotton should cling to the pins.

Only reason I didn't try it with Ashguine 2 is because the connectors *looked* totally clean when I got the cartridge, so I assumed they were. Guess I should get in the habit of cleaning these anyway, though, whether they look dirty or not!

-Tom

Par gdx

Enlighted (5819)

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15-06-2015, 04:15

I wanted to say:
To clean the pins of cartridge a cotton tip is the better.
To clean the pins of cartridge slot is not a good solution. Like Manuel says puting it in and out of the cartridge slot will a bit clean it if the cartridge is clean.

Someone already tried this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Edge-Connector-cleaner-Protector-p...

Par wyrdwad

Paladin (934)

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15-06-2015, 05:41

Oh, yeah, I would never use a Q-tip in a cartridge slot. That's just asking for trouble!

-Tom

Par Manuel

Ascended (19055)

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15-06-2015, 09:40

Sorry, I meant cleaning the edge connector of the cartridge, not the cartridge connector of the MSX with a cotton tip.

Par Jipe

Paragon (1571)

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15-06-2015, 22:16

for the cartridge connector i use a old paper eraser ( gomme in french ) color green and pink , use the pink face
is ok if the cartridge is opened easy

Par wyrdwad

Paladin (934)

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16-06-2015, 04:21

Oh, I've heard online that you really shouldn't do that -- supposedly, using an eraser on cartridge connectors can damage them if you're not super-careful!

After a lot of research, the solution suggested online was to put a very small amount of high-proof rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip, gently swab the connectors, then use a dry Q-tip to soak up any excess moisture.

-Tom

Par gdx

Enlighted (5819)

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16-06-2015, 07:54

With a tender eraser that does not make trace, it's OK. I never tried but I think the pink and blue eraser is not suitable.

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