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Old 07-16-2013, 11:51 PM   #1
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How to repair a snes cartridge that doesn't save?

I recently bought a copy of Final Fantasy 3 for my SNES, at first it didn't work, but then it worked but it couldn't save, the save menu screen just flashed and nothing happened . As expected I opened the game and properly changed the internal battery, but when I was testing it , nothing happened, the same menu just flashed and nothing; then I inverted the battery polarity, (negative up). And magically could save again, but when I turned off the console and on again, the game couldn't retain the save file. Then again I tried to move the battery to see if it wasn't properly attached, when I tested again, it couldn't save, AGAIN.
If anyone can help me with this or already had the same problem with the same game or an equivalent (RPG/ Heavy game). Thank you
And one final observation, the game isn't damaged in any form a normal human could detect, it doesn't look rusted or burned, or smashed, the game is in surprisingly good condition, that's why is so rare that it doesn't save. I've already done this process with several other games, not only SNES ones, in horrible conditions and had worked. I can't think of any other thing that could be happening, so please THANK YOU for helping.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:59 AM   #2
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Did you try replacing the save battery?
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welcome to the board .....

next they sell a tool, that you can like take the cartridge apart with ...

with replacing the battery, you can once again save games on it ...
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YES I DID...... Like 4 times with different batteries, size, and even polarity, sorry if I'm being rude, but everything is explained in the post, you just have to read it, I'm from México, so, it took me a fairly decent time to translate all my issues.
I thank you for trying to help, but I seriously need to know what's going on with this special and even unique problem.
The game is in good shape and it cost me an important quantity of money, that's why I'm so desperate to fix it, and besides it's an awesome game, it would be a shame that the cartridge went useless.
Thank you for reading my problem!...
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Come on people, he said in the second sentence that he changed the battery..

I did a little searching for you and saw that someone recommended cleaning the connectors on the game and system. I can't really tell you for sure though, as I have never experienced this problem first hand.
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The only other thing i can think of..and i'm no specialist..maybe there is a bad or dry solder somewhere and its preventing the save to be transfered or recognized by one of the chips..maybe if you try to resolder the pins around the battery or one of the circuits leading out of it. Its a real shame such a CLASSIC game is ****ing up..i know how much it costs, i myself have it on my "to get" list..and every copy that breaks is a great loss for the retro gaming community,because one less person will be able to enjoy it..I dread the day when such cartridges will be extinct..hope we don't live to see it.
Anyway good luck, man, hope you find a way to fix it.
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Well, thanks!!, I think, that, know I have nothing to loose with the game, I'll probably replace some of the Resistors that are connected to both battery and SRAM chip , they could've burned from the inside with a discharge or something.
I'll try everything that could be wrong in the inmediate future, and If I manage to get succesful I'll post again with the solution so this problem won't happen to anyone again.
Once Again, thank you for reading and reply, That sure was some help.
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