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I don't understand why but there will be times that I wake up my tamagotchi on and the whole screen will be a garbled error [seen as attached]. It sometimes will last for several minutes and is unusable in this state. Occasionally it will work but the colors will have a few errors going on. After it does so it will go back to normal as if it never even happened. It can't possibly be a heat issue because it will do this no matter where I am or how hot it is.

 

Does anyone know what this is or how to fix it?spacer.png

 

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Update: pressing buttons still makes yhe normal sound responses. My tamagotchi will even play happy sounds if i press the third button. It's just the screen.

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I have  no idea, but that looks terrible! :(

 

Also, what type of batteries do you use?

Just asking as it could be linked to the problem.

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6 minutes ago, Tacoburritotchi said:

I have  no idea, but that looks terrible! :(

It is... it makes it very hard to take good care of because it will still call out if it poops, is hungry or otherwise needs help- and i can't see anything in order to help.

3 minutes ago, Tacoburritotchi said:

Also, what type of batteries do you use?

Just asking as it could be linked to the problem.

I'm using standard AAA batteries. The On uses 2 of them. They're actually brand new as i just put them in a few hours ago.

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i said "couple of hours" but it's been about four

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1 minute ago, Tacoburritotchi said:

I mean,what battery brand do you use?

Brand? Hang on.

These are Kirkland Signature. They're a home brand from Costco

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13 minutes ago, Tacoburritotchi said:

Oh. Okay.

Sorry, but I don't know how to help you now 😐

Thanks for at least trying ;; i can't find anything about this specific issue anywhere online and I'm kind of thinking i should order a replacement, but it's sad because it works great when it isn't like this.

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I really would try popping in a reputable brand of batteries like Duracell or Energizer just to eliminate the batteries being the cause of this. The batteries are the source of power for the Tama, and if the ones you are using aren't giving it the proper voltage it requires it could be the reason why the screen isn't loading the images properly.

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2 hours ago, 321Boom said:

I really would try popping in a reputable brand of batteries like Duracell or Energizer just to eliminate the batteries being the cause of this. The batteries are the source of power for the Tama, and if the ones you are using aren't giving it the proper voltage it requires it could be the reason why the screen isn't loading the images properly.

Kirkland is a very reputable brand where I live but I'll give it a shot. I'll add as a note here that my sister has a pink one that doesn't experience this issue at all.

We originally got them so we could play with fhem together but this has made it kind of tricky

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2 minutes ago, P0LYB1UZ said:

Kirkland is a very reputable brand where I live but I'll give it a shot. I'll add as a note here that my sister has a pink one that doesn't experience this issue at all.

We originally got them so we could play with fhem together but this has made it kind of tricky

Ah ok, that's different if your sister is using the same batteries also and not experiencing any issues 😕 I would still give it a shot though, it'll be worth not having to replace the Tama and lose your progress if it solves your problem. Really hoping for the best for you, sucks when people run into issues like these 😢 

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I've seen this problem reported before, but in those cases the issue was permanent, rather than intermittent. Given that, my understanding is that it's a manufacturing problem - if it's still under warranty, then it would be best to contact the retailer that you got it from, or Bandai, in order to get it replaced.

It's definitely the right move to rule out battery issues first, though as @321Boom alludes to, since you've got two units in the household that are using the same batteries, and only one Tamagotchi is experiencing this problem, it seems less likely that the batteries are the cause.

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11 hours ago, 321Boom said:

Ah ok, that's different if your sister is using the same batteries also and not experiencing any issues 😕 I would still give it a shot though, it'll be worth not having to replace the Tama and lose your progress if it solves your problem. Really hoping for the best for you, sucks when people run into issues like these 😢 

I just got home with a brand new pack of Duracell and swapped it out.

Unfortunately this has made no difference, though i did have enough visual information to hit continue and give my tama some medicine before having it go right back to the bone zone

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4 hours ago, Penguin-keeper said:

I've seen this problem reported before, but in those cases the issue was permanent, rather than intermittent. Given that, my understanding is that it's a manufacturing problem - if it's still under warranty, then it would be best to contact the retailer that you got it from, or Bandai, in order to get it replaced.

It's definitely the right move to rule out battery issues first, though as @321Boom alludes to, since you've got two units in the household that are using the same batteries, and only one Tamagotchi is experiencing this problem, it seems less likely that the batteries are the cause.

This is probably going to have to be my course of action. That's a bummer. Being a manufacturing issue is the only thing that really makes sense :wacko:

As sad as it makes me, the issue does appear to be getting more and more persistent, having lasted an entire hour this morning. It may be time to retire this particular On.

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I was not able to locate the receipt for the poor thing but i was able to find the same model and color listed online. It is expected to deliver on Monday. I'm sad to see this one go but it's more than likely going to end up getting sick and dying in this state, as it seems to cry out while glitched pretty frequently.

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Looks like a screen problem, if you are really going to write it off, you could try disassembling it and checking the ribbon cable which connects the lcd screen to the PCB. It might be loose (my money is on this) or there may be tears. You could also try reflowing the solder points on the connector if that doesn't solve the problem. I highly recommend sending it back to Bandai if you can find the receipt. Someone on reddit has posted a few pictures of what that would look like here.

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4 minutes ago, Eggiweg said:

Looks like a screen problem, if you are really going to write it off, you could try disassembling it and checking the ribbon cable which connects the lcd screen to the PCB. It might be loose (my money is on this) or there may be tears. You could also try reflowing the solder points on the connector if that doesn't solve the problem. I highly recommend sending it back to Bandai if you can find the receipt. Someone on reddit has posted a few pictures of what that would look like here.

This is a very helpful response but i don't know if I'm all that confident in my soldering skills for such a small device. I will definitely be on the lookout for the receipt. Knowing what the inside looks like, I think this us probably my precise issue: a loose or damaged ribbon cable. It arrived as such and only did this a few times when new but now it's near constant. If what Penguin said is true, it may become permanent with more time. :(

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9 hours ago, P0LYB1UZ said:

I just got home with a brand new pack of Duracell and swapped it out.

Unfortunately this has made no difference, though i did have enough visual information to hit continue and give my tama some medicine before having it go right back to the bone zone

Oh no, I'm TERRIBLY sorry to hear that 😢 Yeah, if the batteries didn't solve your problem, then a manufacturing issue would have been my next bet as @Eggiweg and @Penguin-keeper suggested :( 

7 hours ago, Eggiweg said:

Looks like a screen problem, if you are really going to write it off, you could try disassembling it and checking the ribbon cable which connects the lcd screen to the PCB. It might be loose (my money is on this) or there may be tears. You could also try reflowing the solder points on the connector if that doesn't solve the problem. I highly recommend sending it back to Bandai if you can find the receipt. Someone on reddit has posted a few pictures of what that would look like here.

 

6 hours ago, P0LYB1UZ said:

This is a very helpful response but i don't know if I'm all that confident in my soldering skills for such a small device. I will definitely be on the lookout for the receipt. Knowing what the inside looks like, I think this us probably my precise issue: a loose or damaged ribbon cable. It arrived as such and only did this a few times when new but now it's near constant. If what Penguin said is true, it may become permanent with more time. :(

I too agree with @Eggiweg on trying to send it back to Bandai if possible and hopefully get a new replacement, so you don't have any more problems like this with it in the future. It sounds like it's relatively new from your posts, so you shouldn't try fixing it yourself and should still be under warranty.

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