Good way to clean the ribbon cable connectors? (AGS 101)

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  1. Jabodie
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    Being an idiot, I accidentally got Deoxit D5 in my ribbon cable slot (being too slopping cleaning my shoulder buttons).

    I didn't realize it until I turned the the SP on and the screen was off. For a second it's the normal brightness, then the screen dims and the pixels sort of flicker.

    I dried out the slot and cleaned the ribbon cable itself, but I still have the same issue. I want to try to clean the ribbon cable before giving up and using this SP for backup parts in the future.
     
  2. MasterLaser

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    You might have shorted something if it was powered on wet the first time.
     
  3. Jabodie
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    So now the screen is working at full brightness, but all the colors are inverted for some reason.

    Here's a video of me playing my SMB Deluxe cartridge




    Here are some screen shots Yoshi's Island and Advance Wars on my EZ Flash IV:

    http://imgur.com/a/8TrUd

    Anybody have any idea of how this might have happened?
     
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    bad contact between the ribbon cable and the connector. make sure there is no solvent residue in it.
     
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    Any tips on getting into such a small crevice?

    Hopefully that is the issue and I didn't accidentally ruin a perfectly good AGS 101.

    I'm glad at least the screen seems to be in working order.
     
  6. JoostinOnline

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    Soak a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and press it against the gap so some of the alcohol will sink in there. Once it's dried, use some compressed air to blow out what you can. You probably won't get it all, but you should get some.
     
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    Interesting, turns out the colors inverted because I didn't secure one of the tabs for the ribbon connector.

    After securing it properly, the dark grainy look returns.

    I'll try cleaning this out as soon as I can. If that doesn't work, I might salvage the parts, maybe use the screen to mod the old GBA Advance, keep the speaker for a rainy day, etc.
     
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    Well, tried some alcohol and I'm still having issues.

    Ordered another AGS-101. I'll try the screen in that SP and if it works, I'll just replace the motherboard, since those only go for ten to fifteen it seems.
     
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    Tried the screen on another SP I bought online and it worked. Huzzah!

    Now one day I'll get another motherboard and have two working AGS 101 SPs.
     
  10. Nusdogg

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    I have a working AGS101 motherboard if you want to buy. Just PM me whenever. We'll go from there.