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Topic: Cleaning GameBoy Games

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LinktotheFuture

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Is there a safe way to clean GameBoy games? I just got Tetris, and it doesn't always start up. It seems to work when I blow into it, but I would like to not have to do that everytime I want to play.

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iphys

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I usually just use a Q-tip and water to clean off the connectors, which is probably not something you're supposed to do, but these carts have never seemed all that delicate. I've heard of people accidentally dropping their carts in water and drying them off and they still worked, so it seems it's pretty hard to damage these things. In fact, you're the first person I've ever heard that had to blow on a GB cart to get it to work -- never heard of anyone having problems with these carts at all.

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the_shpydar

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Rather than water, use isopropyl alcohol aka "Rubbing Alcohol". It evaporates very quickly (get a bottle that's marked as "70% alcohol" or better), and is extremely unlikely to cause any residual damage. It WILL however damage game labels or stickers, so use caution. I've consistently used rubbing alcohol to clean game stuffs and electronics going back to the Atari 2600 and ColecoVision days, always works great, particularly for cartridges.

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