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    Battery Replacement FAQ by Kirby Freak101

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    Battery Replacement FAQ
    Author: Kirby Freak101
    Version: 2.0
    E-mail: BlazingFire456@aol.com
    
    DISCLAIMER: This FAQ is Copyright (C) 2003-2005 Kirby Freak101.  You may NOT use
    this FAQ for anything other than personal use, unless permission granted by
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    --------Contents--------
    A. Introduction
    B. Replacement FAQ
       1. What you need
       2. What causes batteries to die
       3. Removing the old battery
       4. Methods to replace dead batteries
         a. Soldering
         b. Electric Tape
         c. Professional help
    c. Credits
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    A. Introduction:
    
      This FAQ is used to explain what happens when you're game can't save
    anymore, or it doesn't save too well anymore.  The reason for this is the
    lithium battery inside your SNES cartridge has died out.  In this FAQ I will
    explain how you can get your battery replaced, and the many methods to doing
    it.  So if you want your old game to save like brand new, then continue to
    read on.
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    B. Replacement FAQ:
    
      Ok, here is the part you have all been waiting for, the replacement guide.
    Here I will tell you the many ways to replace your battery, and what exactly
    causes your battery to wear out, and also the materials needed.
    
      1. What you need:
         Before you decide what you need, you need to decide what method you want
       to use to replace your battery.  There are two commonly known methods people
       use.  Soldering and electric tape.  These are things you need no matter what
       method you plan to use:
         
         -3.8mm Security Screwbit($3 at www.mcmelectronics.com or eBay)
         -New CR2032 battery($3 at Radioshack)
         
       a.  Soldering:
           If you want to solder then you need the things listed above as well as
           some other things listed:
    
         -Soldering iron, and some solder($10 at Radioshack)
         -Wire(At Radioshack)
         -Battery Holder($1 at www.mcmelectronics.com)
    
       b.  Electric Tape:
           For electric tape you only need the two things listed at the top as well
           as some:
    
         -Electric tape(duh!)
    
    
    
      2. What causes batteries to die:
         Very simple actually.  The reason a battery dies is just like any
       battery.  It wears out over age, and you need to buy a replacement.  The
       only problem is, SNES batteries are a little harder to replace, and that
       is what this FAQ is for.
    
      
      3. Removing the old battery:
         This isn't that hard.  To start, get a flathead screwdriver or a thin 
       knife, or whatever is thin and sturdy.  Now you will need a 3.8MM
       Gamebit to open the cartridge up.  Take off the 2 screws and remove the cover
       and you will notice the backside of the chipboard.  Turn it over, but to
       not damage the chipboard, ONLY hold it by it's edges(like you would a CD).
       Flip it over, and you will see the CR2032 Lithium battery.  Now what you
       need to do, is take the knife, flathead screwdriver, or other flat object,
       start to pry at the Solder points.  Keep wiggling and slowly pushing it
       further on the top tab.  After enough wiggling and pushing it should come
       loose.  Make sure you take it slowly, cause you don't want to break the
       top tab, doing so would make it totally broken, and you won't be able to
       save anymore.  Do so for the bottom tab too.  After that you are done, you
       can start on the replacing.  Read on...
         
    
      4. Methods to replace dead batteries:
         Let's replace this battery!  I will list
       both ways of replacement, you pick what you want(Soldering or Electric
       tape).  Read on:
    
       a. Soldering:
          This is the method Nintendo used to add the batteries, and is the most
        reliable.  It is also the most hardest and tedious way as well.  To start,
        heat up your Soldering iron, and wait about 2 minutes or so.  Now connect
        a few inches of wire from the bottom tab and connect it to the negative
        side of the battery holder.  Now take some solder and the soldering iron
        to solder the wire onto the bottom tab and the end of the wire to
        the negative side of the battey holder.  Do the same thing with the top
        tab to the positive side of the battery holder.  Once you are done with
        that, pop the battery into the battery holder.  Then you can take some
        tape(electric tape, anyone?) and turn the tape into a two sided piece
        and stick to the wall fo the cartridge, and stick the battery holder to
        it.  This is to prevent the battery from rattling around in the
        cartridge.
    
       b. Electric Tape:
          This method is a lot easier then soldering.  However it is not as reliable
        and the tape wears out after a while.  If you want to use this method,
        however, just hold the new battery and the bottom and top battery tabs
        all together, and wrap a piece of electric tape around it.  Use another
        piece for more reliability.  Then take some pieces, and start taping it
        all over the battery.  Keep doing this until you the battery can't move
        anymore.  In the end it may take about 7 or 8 pieces of tape.  This method
        gives satisfying results, but the tape sometimes randomly lets go and causes
        your save files to erase from time to time.
    
       c. Professional help:
          Are you having problems with either of the methods?  If so, you can
        contact Nintendo themselves and send the cartridge with the bad battery in
        it, and they will professionally solder a new one in there.  However, it's
        not free.  I have seen them charge from around $15 - $20 for the job.  Not
        including shipping costs!  So use this option only if you just absolutely
        give up on the above methods.
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    C. Credits:
    
      There are a few people I would like to thank for this FAQ.
    
    -CJayc, for posting this FAQ on GameFAQs
    -Nintendo, for making it possible for home replacement, even though they don't
      like it ^_^;
    -Everyone who read my FAQ and needed it, for making this FAQ worthwhile
    -Me, for making the FAQ
    
    Any questions or concerns, or can't fully comprehend some things I said?  Feel
    free to e-mail me at BlazingFire456@aol.com, and hopefully I will reply.
    
    Copyright (C) 2003-2005 Kirby Freak101
    
    -The End