Sega SC-3000

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Sega SC-3000

Postby mrad01 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:59 pm

Just picked up a Sega SC-3000 "home computer" AKA console with a keyboard. Perfect condition and included the tape drive, joystick, carts, cassettes and some Sega computer magazines!

I'll get some more details up here once I catalogue everything and then try it out!
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Re: Sega SC-3000

Postby Carcenomy on Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:15 pm

They're a pretty sweet wee machine, you'll have fun with that. :)
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Re: Sega SC-3000

Postby mrad01 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:11 pm

Well, looks like it'll need some work! I hooked it up to the TV and it just shows a black screen...which I think is normal. Power off and add in the Basic Cart - still a black screen. Try a game cart - still a black screen.

After a couple of reboots it did actually beep - but nothing much else. Probably need to clean the cart connector and check board soldering...
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Re: Sega SC-3000

Postby Carcenomy on Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:23 pm

Yep black screen on power up with nothing in it is normal. The cart connector on both of my SC3000s is a real mongrel, it takes a lot of holding your tongue on the right angle while others in the room invoke the spirits of video game and jiggling the carts before it starts up! :)
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Re: Sega SC-3000

Postby mrad01 on Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:31 pm

Carcenomy wrote:Yep black screen on power up with nothing in it is normal. The cart connector on both of my SC3000s is a real mongrel, it takes a lot of holding your tongue on the right angle while others in the room invoke the spirits of video game and jiggling the carts before it starts up! :)


Yeah, I have just cleaned each connector inside the cart slot, and have resoldered each pin of the connector to the board (and a few other very dodgy solders) - soon to re-assemble and test!
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Re: Sega SC-3000

Postby mrad01 on Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:01 pm

It's alive!!

Resoldered the cart connector and a few other bad solders, reassemble, and it fires up and works!

Congo Bongo is harder than I remember.... ;)
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Re: Sega SC-3000

Postby tezza on Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:32 pm

mrad01 wrote:It's alive!!

Resoldered the cart connector and a few other bad solders, reassemble, and it fires up and works!

Congo Bongo is harder than I remember.... ;)

Excellent. Often it's just the simple things that stop these things from working.
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Re: Sega SC-3000

Postby Carcenomy on Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:04 pm

mrad01 wrote:Congo Bongo is harder than I remember.... ;)

Congo Bongo is a total mongrel of a game! I've got it on both the SC-3000 and the Commodore 64 - no real changes to be announced between the two, they're both quite difficult. Flicky is another that's easy to learn and VERY hard to master.
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