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Game Gear SMS Plugin Question
« on: 17/Nov/2018 11:42:23 AM »
I am working on soldering the game gear cartridge slot (the type sold from eBay) to the SMS plugin and was wondering how the slot should be positioned on the plugin board. If the cartridge slot is flush with the board (see picture linked below) the pins extend pretty far in the back and there is not very much space between the slot and the pins from the SMS slot.

https://i.imgur.com/LgvjfTL.jpg

Is that the right position for the slot? Do those pins then need to get shortened after the slot is soldered? Or should the slot not be flush to the board so that the pins don't stick out? Any pictures from other folks who have done the mod would be appreciated!

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Re: Game Gear SMS Plugin Question
« Reply #1 on: 21/Nov/2018 03:48:53 AM »
I can offer you some pictures of mine. Hopefully you can look past the weird way I have mine open since I did not want to peel my sticker off of my adapter.  My GG connector looks different than yours based on what I can see. I took mine out of an inoperable game gear.  I'm wondering if maybe the cartridge connector you got is from a game genie.

It appears that the bottom piece is shaped a bit different, and it looks like you have less room between the GG connector and the SMS connector when the plastic is flush against the board.  It looks to me like you should actually space it out so that the pins that are sticking out should be made flush so that it sits correctly.
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Re: Game Gear SMS Plugin Question
« Reply #2 on: 21/Nov/2018 02:42:28 PM »
That is superhelpful! Any chance you could measure how far the metal part of the connector is from the board?

Also, as long as my connector leaves space for the SMS connector is there any harm in just clipping the pins on the back (after I do the soldering) so that they are shorter?

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Re: Game Gear SMS Plugin Question
« Reply #3 on: 21/Nov/2018 04:17:49 PM »
I don't have it with me to do any measuring, but based on what I can see it looks like the ends of the pins and front of the connector for yours and mine are the same distance. It looks like the base of the plastic is shorter on yours though than mine.  The pins just barely poke out of the back of the board, use the SMS pins on yours as a comparison because they are the same distance.

As far as whether or not cutting your pins shorter and having it closer to the board I could not say. I don't think cutting the pins shorter would cause any issue, I'm just not sure if you may have any issues with certain games not fitting in either of the slots for some reason. It may not matter, but I will let someone else that knows more add to the discussion.