Hi there -Gba Sp + Ez IV compatibility issues

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  1. Visby
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    Hi there. I'm in a great need of help.

    I recently got an Gba SP with a Ez IV. It went well for 3 months using it, but now it's no-go.

    What is happening is that when I start up the device, and just after the initial Nintendo logo, the screen just goes black and don't respond.

    So, I've tried some things. And they are:

    *Update firmware with no success
    *Cleaned the EZ cart slot with a q-tip
    *Cleaned the Gba slot with a q-tip
    *Blown in the carts
    *Multiple fast restarts
    *Made sure the cart is put firmly inside the console
    *Paper trick

    The strange part is that,
    with game cartridges other than the EZ is put in, the console boots it up and play just fine. That would mean the EZ is broken.. but works perfectly with a SP I borrowed.

    The day before the black screen start, I did transfer a few games on it with the EZ client. And then after that, the games would randomly freeze.

    Does anybody have clue? I appreciate every little help
     
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  3. Visby
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    Alright, I just tried that.. the device don't seem to respond to the "R" button, it just goes black after the logo.

    Hmmm..
     
  4. Visby
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    Well, I really don't feel like spending another 100 bucks on a new GBA SP 101, but I feel I have run out of options.. Someone figure this one out!
     
  5. Gaming4Ever

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    Maybe try formatting ur Micro/Mini Card(after backing up any saves or games i imagine) and try to Update the Firmware again....



    I had a few Cards stop responding meaning it wouldn't load up EZ 4 at all....Formatting them seem to do the trick
     
  6. Visby
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    Yeah, I've tried that. No luck. Don't seem to matter what I put on the SD card, button combinations or tricks, all just goes to a black screen. The Ez cart and the GBA don't seem to like each other no matter what I do. The only thing I haven't tried is with another SD card, but since it all works just fine on another GBA, it shouldn't be the fault..
    Seems like I either have to get a new GBA SP if no one can figure this one out.. or to chance with a new EZ cart since that would be at a better cost.
     
  7. tbb043

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    Just a plain q-tip, or with something on it, like isopropyl alcohol?
     
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    The fast the cartridge worked on your friends/borrowed SP likely indicates your GBA SP's pins are corroded.
    The EZ-Flash IV's connectors pins are the best to begin with.
     
  9. Visby
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    Thanks tbb043 and bitbite for your answers. Yup.. I used isopropyl.

    Well, stuff have happened. Got it working last night, but only for an hour or so, not completely sure what I did. I changed from Fat 16 to 32 and then back again, changed allocation unit size then put it to charge for a while. Then it worked. I played around a bit with it, transfered a game and after that it kept freezing on the EZ client loading screen. I did not get past that and after several tries I ended up with the old black screen..

    I noticed some things
    *a pin in the SD slot in the cart is bent.
    *a pin in the SP's cart slot is bent.
    *the SP can't hold a charge-orange light keeps going off. I have to twist and hold the charger, that works a short while. I tried change battery and the charger.

    I made contact with my SP seller and he is willing to have a look at it and repair it for a cost, but I feel my best shot would be to order another EZ then just hope for the best. I think, since other carts works on the SP, I don't see how it's broken..
    But still, the EZ cart plays fine with another SP so that would mean it's fine as well.
     
  10. Pagio94

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    You just have a faulty SP. That's only bad luck, some SPs have a lot of problems with charging and bent pins and they're a lot harder to repair than a normal gba. But I must say that I'm a lot pessimist, maybe the one who sold it to you can repair it
     
  11. Visby
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    Yes.. maybe you're right, but, in defense of my SP and a way to figure this out: The console does charge even though the orange light is off. It does play other game cartridges, and the only time the SP don't work is when I put my EZ cart inside of it. And since I got it working before, I don't think the motherboards fuse's are blown or anything. I think, this could be a bent pin problem, and maybe it's the bent pin in the SD slot of the EZ that's causing the black screen. Well i'm just guessing here.. maybe the sp's bent pin + charge glitch is what's causing the problem

    Something is telling me to go ahead and order another ez :unsure: