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Trizi

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 01:20 PM ( #1 )

Hey there!

 

I'm new here and I really need your help. I've got three really old tamagotchis (1997) and the buttons are almost dead. I have to push them down pretty hard to get an reaction. The batteries are new, though!

 

Does anyone else have the same problem? Has anyone succeeded in fixing the buttons?

 

Greets from Germany^^

 

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Posted 29 March 2014 - 07:34 PM ( #2 )

Hi, I have a P2 like that. I haven't fixed it but I think that if you use a small screwdriver to carefully take apart the Tamagotchi, you can clean the insides and the buttons and then they might be more responsive.


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Posted 29 March 2014 - 08:20 PM ( #3 )

I've had that problem too! I kinda got used to just pushing harder, but I might try out what EMF said!



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Posted 02 June 2014 - 07:54 PM ( #4 )

This was also the case with one of my original generations. I tried EMFs suggestion of taking it apart, but that unfortunately didn't seem to help. I finally accepted that it was unplayable in the long-term. However, I can depress the buttons with a pen. I like the color; so I set up the clock, leave it in clock mode, disabled the sound and use it as my keychain.


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 09:19 PM ( #5 )

I have had this problem with a well-used connection (I forget which version)!  I took apart the tamagotchi and actually replaced the heavily used buttons with buttons from another Tamagotchi that I didn't care for. It worked great for me! I'm sure you could do that with an ancestor Tamagotchi. If you don't have any buttons to replace the old ones with, I would try looking on ebay for an ancestor Tamagotchi that no longer works, but the buttons appear to be in good condition. Then you can switch the buttons!

 

I hope this helps!


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 05:18 AM ( #6 )

I've ad that problem numerous times as well. Sometimes just cleaning the areas underneath the buttons, by rubbing with a cloth wet with alcohol cleanse, have helped, but in some cases it has been the buttons themselves that are worn down.

If you clean the button areas on the circuit board, make sure to take the screen out first! Otherwise the cleaning liquid will seep into the screen and background plate, damaging it.



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Posted 03 June 2014 - 06:12 PM ( #7 )

Good news! After reading the BuddiLuvsYew's post I decided to re-open my p1. It didn't look dirty but I got the tiniest amount of alcohol on a cotton swab and lightly swabbed the area on the circuit board where the buttons press down onto. The tiniest bit of dust came onto the swab so I figure something must have happened. 

 

I screwed it all back together and turned it on, and it works like new!


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Posted 04 June 2014 - 05:06 PM ( #8 )

Good news! After reading the BuddiLuvsYew's post I decided to re-open my p1. It didn't look dirty but I got the tiniest amount of alcohol on a cotton swab and lightly swabbed the area on the circuit board where the buttons press down onto. The tiniest bit of dust came onto the swab so I figure something must have happened. 
 
I screwed it all back together and turned it on, and it works like new!


That's awesome! I'm glag it worked out so well for you :)

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 12:07 PM ( #9 )

I did expirence that but however I took it apart and found a lot of dust there, be careful not to disconnect the speaker and its delicate.