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N64 cartridge capacitors... ticking time bomb?

by opa Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:31 am

I've been selling a good chunk of my collection and cartridge games I usually take apart so buyers get to see the actual board. Too many bootlegs out there these days. I've noticed that many N64 games have a capacitor on them. There was a thread about the Star Fox carts needing capacitors to be changed. Kinda curious if there's gonna be a bunch of N64 games damaged or destroyed by leaking caps in the future.
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Re: N64 cartridge capacitors... ticking time bomb?

by Ziggy587 Tue Oct 12, 2021 8:29 pm

I wouldn't really worry about it. Not yet, at least. Pretty much all carts for retro home consoles have a small electrolytic capacitor inside of them. NES, SNES, N64, Master System and Genesis. The Star Fox cap is more of an isolated thing. It's not all Star Fox carts, just specifically the glop top version. The glop top version is the first release of the game, and generally you use glop tops to reduce cost, and being that they were using a (probably at the time) expensive Super FX chip they were trying to cut costs on that cart. And so they used a cheap capacitor that in 2021 has a good chance of leaking. The later releases of Star Fox, the non-glop top versions, don't have caps that are prone to leaking. Just like pretty much every other retro cart, the caps aren't prone to leaking. At least not yet.

If you want to be cautious though, it would definitely be worth checking the cap on carts that were budget releases. For example, the Majesco re-releases of SNES and Genesis games. Those labels always fade, they used B&W manuals, I once found one with a bad ROM. So it wouldn't be a stretch to say they probably used cheap caps.
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Re: N64 cartridge capacitors... ticking time bomb?

by opa Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:14 am

Ah, okay. I didn't notice any bad or leaking caps but after opening the fifth or sixth cart I thought to myself "I can see these caps being an issue down the road." Granted, I sold them all so it won't be my problem if/when they go bad in the future.

However, I may have to open up my Genesis carts. I have experienced carts that fail to load but I usually return those games and get a different copy (if I got them at a game store).
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Re: N64 cartridge capacitors... ticking time bomb?

by Ziggy587 Wed Oct 13, 2021 9:43 pm

opa wrote:However, I may have to open up my Genesis carts. I have experienced carts that fail to load but I usually return those games and get a different copy (if I got them at a game store).


So the thing about Genesis carts is that they're not all produced by Sega. Some of them are known to have issues. Like I said, I've seen a Majesco Genesis cart that had a bad mask ROM. And I recently repaired a Tengen Genesis cart for someone, apparently they're known for having issues with their PCBs.

Most carts will load and work fine even if the electrolytic cap is removed. So if you have a Genesis cart that isn't working, the issue is most likely something else. That said, it can't hurt to replace that cap if you want to and they're cheap enough anyways.
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Re: N64 cartridge capacitors... ticking time bomb?

by opa Fri Oct 15, 2021 10:24 pm

Okay, thanks for the info!
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