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After playing for a few minutes, video stopped working (fixed)
After playing for a few minutes, video stopped working (fixed) –
I was playing a backup of Soul Calibur 2 on a magic V modded v7 system, when the game just froze on the character select screen. I did a hard reset (power off/on, since the reset button wouldn't work) and the disk whirred up like normal, but no sound or video was noticed. I desoldered the modchip and wires, checked all of the contacts carefully for bridges under magnification, popped out and reinserted the bios battery, and still no sound or video occur during startup. Also measured the fuses and they are all still fine apparently.. I'll measure them again just to be sure, but aside from that, what could the problem be? I don't think it's a static death, since the console was together when "it" occured.
Signs of life! –
I looked through a bunch of forum threads, and found that video loss can be caused by a bios pin bridge, or a dry connection after a soldering braid is used. I poked through the flux around the pins with a needle, scraping out as much as I could (also pushing the pins to test for a dry connection), when it felt like I was scraping through a copper print between 2 pins. Decided to scratch through that (even if it was a print, I'd just repair it with a bridge), turned the thing on, and voila! Working like it was. Odd though that the system would decide to just conk out in mid-game, since the bridge was made during the mod. Could've been the other debris too.