You’ve been bitten by a bug in retro games. Emulators, a reissue of retro hardware that you can fit in your hand, you’ve got it all. You probably also bought a retro t-shirt.
But something is wrong; the authenticity of a physical classic slot machine with all its flaws and flaws. So you’ve taken your old game console out of the basement; you may have bought an old 8-bit computer on eBay.
It’s a great idea, but it’s unlikely to go according to plan. Old equipment cannot work as before. Here’s what you need to do before turning on old slot machines.
Why original retro equipment breaks
You looked after him, kept your old consoles and home computers in plastic boxes, even plastic packaging. But time is not on your side. Except in a vacuum, light-free environment, it’s unlikely that original retro hardware will still be working 20 to 40 years after it was released. The older the mechanism, the less likely it is to perform as intended—if at all.
Dust can cause problems when loading and operating equipment. Likewise, the components inside the case were simply not designed to last more than a few years. Controllers can break, and TV modulators will simply fail.
If you’re in the mood to revive some original gaming hardware, be prepared for a little maintenance first.
Clean your old game console first
Old equipment can also get dirty. An old computer with a keyboard is probably full of crumbs and grease from fingers. A damp cloth should suffice for this, but any cleaning cloth can also help.
Plastic changes color over time too. ABS plastic is particularly prone to discoloration, but you can reverse this with Retr0brite.
Check the operation of the motherboard and components
Hardware failures for retro gaming systems usually occur on the motherboard. This may be due to the small creature having a home in the console, or due to components going through a useful life. Chips can burn out, TV modulators simply fail, and some components can leak.
Take the Commodore Amiga for example. Various models and expansion components have batteries and capacitors that can leak over time. The result is not only that the leak needs to be cleaned up; capacitors need to be replaced. This is not an easy job.
In the case of handheld consoles, battery drain can be a big problem. Fortunately, in most cases blue-green corrosion can be removed using white vinegar and an old toothbrush. Wash it with isopropyl alcohol, then dry. If the motherboard is corroded, add a gentle action with high quality sandpaper to the mixture.