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The Sega Game Gear portable gaming device was released in 1991 in competition with the Nintendo Game Boy.

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Screen turns on for short time

I recently got an old SEGA Game Gear from and E-Waste collection I helped with. I put all 6 batteries in and flipped the power switch but the screen only stayed on for a second. The screen color is a light gray when it turns on and I'm wondering if some internal component is screwed up or if I just need a cartridge for it to work?

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From what it looks like, it could be some bad caps.

A common problem with the Game Gear from what i've read.

Got a Game Gear for some repairs, same problem.

Turns on for 1 sec and then it goes off again.

So just replace the caps and see what it does.

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What do you mean by "caps"? Capacitors?

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A little late reply but yes he means capacitors. It's a very common failure on older electronics and on Game Gear units.

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