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« on: November 25, 2015, 06:19:51 PM »

Anyone know of a good tutorial for the cleaning of older systems like NES, SNES,
Genesis, Atari 2600, Atari Jaguar, and Dreamcast?

I've done research of my own, but since I'm relatively new to the subject I'm not
sure if I'm being led astray.
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2015, 07:02:30 PM »

I just saw in the Walgreens black Friday sale flyer that Sega Genesis and Atari Flashback consoles are $35 each. If they are still selling them then there are cleaning kits for sale as well.
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2015, 01:01:50 PM »

Most places recommend Goo Gone, dish detergent, and a plastic kitchen scrubber.

That should typically be good enough for the shell.

I also recommend a magic erasure here myself. I've used them and they have done well.

Internals I just recommend some Isoprophyl alcohol, some q-tips, and let it dry for quite some time.

You should be good to go.
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2015, 10:07:37 PM »

I just saw in the Walgreens black Friday sale flyer that Sega Genesis and Atari Flashback consoles are $35 each. If they are still selling them then there are cleaning kits for sale as well.


Big thanks for the heads up there. I got my nephew's one of those Atari Flasbacks.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2015, 10:17:42 PM »

Most places recommend Goo Gone, dish detergent, and a plastic kitchen scrubber.

That should typically be good enough for the shell.

I also recommend a magic erasure here myself. I've used them and they have done well.

Internals I just recommend some Isoprophyl alcohol, some q-tips, and let it dry for quite some time.

You should be good to go.


I really apprecite the reply. That's what I've been reading overal to use. Nice though
to hear it confirmed by someone.

Oh and with the Isoprophyl alcohol, make sure it doesn't have acetone. As this can
cause a buildup over time and eventual problems.

But now all I need is to hit up some flea markets. As the game stores around here are pricey.
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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2015, 09:22:00 AM »

Also, look into the Retron5

http://hyperkin.com/Retron5/

You would have to find a seller, but I played on one last year and they are solid.

Runs Android and will emulate 9 old school consoles.

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« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2015, 07:05:54 PM »

That sounds familiar. I think there is another one similar in the works that plays even Neo Geo
and some of the older cd based games.

But that would be extremely useful, so I would not have to use the consoles too often.

Do you collect retro games/consoles, TuHolmes?
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2015, 07:15:51 PM »

I do not purposefully collect consoles usually, but there are times.

I still have my N64, Gamecube, and my Dreamcast.

Often times, when I buy the next gen console, I will give away my previous console to a family who could use it and maybe doesn't have that much disposable income.  I only ask that if they don't play it, that they in turn GIVE it away to someone else and not sell it.
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2015, 12:55:11 PM »

I used to do the same with my old system after upgrading, usually. Gave away my xbox and a ton
of games when I went to the 360. Then gave away my 360 and games when I went ps4.

But I now collect purely because of nostalgia. Though the retro gaming market has been
balloning these past several years. I really have no interest in cashing in. Looking forward
to that ballon popping.

Still have my Dreamcast too.  Grin
Bought the day it was released. 9/9/99
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2015, 01:04:38 PM »

I'm good just playing the games.

I can grab a few here and there and just enjoy.

The Retron5 may be my kind of thing.
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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2015, 01:47:46 AM »

You can still get contact cleaner at places like "Fry's Electronics"...stuff that is designed to clean contacts.
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