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Ness
04-20-2007, 06:49 PM
THE GUIDE
Here is an excellent Step-by-Step tutorial for replacing your battery in your GSC cartridges:

http://www.pokemasters.net/forums/showthread.php?t=15464

UNSCREWING THE CARTRIDGE
The hardest part for me in replacing the battery was getting the cartridge open. After replacing the battery of each type of cartridge (Gold, Silver, and Crystal), I've noticed that Crystal's screw at the back is in tightened a lot more than Gold or Silver's (both of which come off very easily). This is an optional tool for opening up any cartridge if you have the spare money: 3.8mm Gamebit Nintendo Cartridge Opening Security Tool (http://www.nintendorepairshop.com/shopexd.asp?id=82). It isn't necessary but it could save you a lot of time and frustration.

OTHER NOTES ON CRYSTAL AND THE TABS
Not only is Crystal harder to open, the battery is more securely attached to the tabs than both Gold or Silver. Removing the tabs from the battery is very difficult especially when you want to keep the tab in decent shape. I'll show you a picture highlighting where the tabs are fused to the battery:
http://i14.tinypic.com/4v63gns.png
Crystal has 4 fusion points if I remember correctly so it is more time consuming. I tried using the method provided in the guide but it would have just ripped the tab apart. What I did was I got an X-Acto Knife and filed the points just a little bit and torqued it off with the knife.

!WARNING!
If you are younger and/or have never used a soldering iron then I would HIGHLY suggest you get a parent or experienced brother or sister to do this for you. I have been burned by a soldering iron and I can tell you that is not very fun at all :oops:. Using the charge from a disposable camera will also give you a good jolt if your not careful.

spr bhav
04-20-2007, 06:59 PM
Great thanks, this will help MANY people, nice one Ness =)

Ness
04-20-2007, 07:06 PM
Great thanks, this will help MANY people, nice one Ness =)

Haha thanks, well I didn't do anything but provide a link :oops:. Hopefully it will revive some interest in GSC.

Venusaur456
04-20-2007, 08:12 PM
3rd post!:dance:
Thanks for that turorial. My Pokemon Gold won't save but still works fine.

MagmarMan
04-20-2007, 08:26 PM
Wont there be a good chance of damaging the game itself?

Ness
04-20-2007, 08:38 PM
Wont there be a good chance of damaging the game itself?

If you be gentle and know how to use a soldering iron (to some extent) the game shouldn't be damaged. If you are younger or have had no experience then I would get someone experienced to supervise.

Bear in mind you are doing this to cartridges that don't save and so for the most part are useless at this point so there isn't much else to go but up.

Pokemon Trainer Sarah
04-21-2007, 01:29 AM
Ooh, thanks for posting this! ^^ Now I don't have to stress about my games dying anymore, and I can get my dad to fix my Silver cartridge. =)

MagmarMan
04-21-2007, 01:38 AM
Ooh, thanks for posting this! ^^ Now I don't have to stress about my games dying anymore, and I can get my dad to fix my Silver cartridge. =)

Ya but you'll still loose the game that you already had.

Ness
04-21-2007, 01:42 AM
Ya but you'll still loose the game that you already had.

This is true unfortunately. So before you do it make sure that your transfer your Pokemon to another game or else you WILL lose it.

mootixguy
04-21-2007, 12:43 PM
But if you have to do this that would already mean that your game can't save, isn't that true?

Maza
04-21-2007, 01:51 PM
How long is the lifespan of a G/S cartridge, generally? And how much does playing with it affect it?

spr bhav
04-21-2007, 02:13 PM
How long is the lifespan of a G/S cartridge, generally? And how much does playing with it affect it?
I THINK it is 7 years or something less.. not sure..

Venusaur456
04-21-2007, 04:22 PM
Wait a sec is there seriously batteries in Pokemon catridges?

spr bhav
04-21-2007, 04:36 PM
Wait a sec is there seriously batteries in Pokemon catridges?
yeah, cells not batteries for like the old GBA

Ness
04-21-2007, 10:44 PM
How long is the lifespan of a G/S cartridge, generally? And how much does playing with it affect it?

5 to 8 years. Maybe more maybe less. I don't think playing or not playing will have much of an effect. Most Gameboy games have some kind of battery in it but you don't see them dying. I believe it's the crystal oscillator, which keeps the time, which has the biggest effect since it is constantly using the battery's energy.

You can however replace the battery with a newer one which should have a lot longer life.

Venusaur456
04-23-2007, 11:06 AM
yeah, cells not batteries for like the old GBA
Oh because I thought there were no batteries in cartridges. They are all to big. Even the 1.5v ones are to big to fit in.

Ness
04-23-2007, 03:25 PM
Oh because I thought there were no batteries in cartridges. They are all to big. Even the 1.5v ones are to big to fit in.

There are different types of batteries or cells (whatever you may call them).

This is what the batteries in the Gameboy cartridges look like:

http://rsk.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pRS1C-2160012w345.jpg

Venusaur456
04-23-2007, 07:21 PM
There are different types of batteries or cells (whatever you may call them).

This is what the batteries in the Gameboy cartridges look like:

http://rsk.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pRS1C-2160012w345.jpg
I've never seen a battery like that. How many volts are they?

Ness
04-23-2007, 07:55 PM
I've never seen a battery like that. How many volts are they?

This one is just a 3 volt battery. Anything more will fry the game's circuit. These types of batteries are commonly found in watches so if you want to see one take apart one that doesn't work.

Venusaur456
04-23-2007, 07:57 PM
This one is just a 3 volt battery. Anything more will fry the game's circuit. These types of batteries are commonly found in watches so if you want to see one take apart one that doesn't work.
So there a 3v battery. That's basically two 1.5v batteries. Just how do you take the 3v battery out of the cartridge?

Maza
04-24-2007, 02:55 PM
Venusaur456, read the first post!
Here is an excellent Step-by-Step tutorial for replacing your battery in your GSC cartridges:

http://www.pokemasters.net/forums/showthread.php?t=15464 (http://www.pokemasters.net/forums/showthread.php?t=15464)

Ness
04-24-2007, 03:25 PM
So there a 3v battery. That's basically two 1.5v batteries. Just how do you take the 3v battery out of the cartridge?

No, two 1.5v batteries won't make 3v; it will still equal 1.5v if I remember correctly from the two week electrical unit from grade 9 Science class that I took 5 years ago. I believe you need to add amplifiers to increase the voltage of a battery.

Read what Maza said, everything you need to know is in the guide found on the link provided.

Venusaur456
04-24-2007, 08:18 PM
No, two 1.5v batteries won't make 3v; it will still equal 1.5v if I remember correctly from the two week electrical unit from grade 9 Science class that I took 5 years ago. I believe you need to add amplifiers to increase the voltage of a battery.

Read what Maza said, everything you need to know is in the guide found on the link provided.
Gaaa I forgot. I sometimes forget to read the first post. And Maza, do NOT order me!

Level100 Trainer
05-22-2007, 12:16 AM
tch... on the first post, i cant do that, not skilled enough and neither are my neighbors. ya see, my Pokemon Silver is acting up. I saved a new game, restarted, then it came up with mystery event, and all that other junk. The time was all different and i had the boxes on Type 8. When i saw the 8, it looked like a small Missingno on PKMN red. So i restarted again and my game was gone. (not like n e thing important was on it...) and also, when i shake the game, i can hear sumthing loose...

Ness
05-23-2007, 02:24 PM
tch... on the first post, i cant do that, not skilled enough and neither are my neighbors. ya see, my Pokemon Silver is acting up. I saved a new game, restarted, then it came up with mystery event, and all that other junk. The time was all different and i had the boxes on Type 8. When i saw the 8, it looked like a small Missingno on PKMN red. So i restarted again and my game was gone. (not like n e thing important was on it...) and also, when i shake the game, i can hear sumthing loose...

It is very easy to fix a game. Get your mom or more likely dad to help you and it should be very easy for them. Heck you could do it easily too, but you really have to watch out for the soldering iron as it will instantly cause a second degree burn on contact and they don't feel very fun.

Now regarding your game. I would be surprised if the battery was an issue. Dead/dying batteries usually affect the saved games or the clock. You could try replacing the battery but I doubt it will help :neutral:. If you have an extra $2-5 hanging around for the battery and someone who is willing to fix it then it is worth a shot and if it doesn't work then your game is sadly as good as trash :ermm:.

Maza
05-23-2007, 07:53 PM
I also need to change battery to my Pokemon Gold. The only problem currently is, I don't know how to open the cartridge :D. I don't have any of the tools suggested in the first post (or it's links). So, any ideas how else I could open the cartridge (without damaging it of course!)?

Ness
05-24-2007, 07:32 PM
I also need to change battery to my Pokemon Gold. The only problem currently is, I don't know how to open the cartridge :D. I don't have any of the tools suggested in the first post (or it's links). So, any ideas how else I could open the cartridge (without damaging it of course!)?

Needle-nose pliers will do the trick. My Gold opened very easily compared to the two Crystals I've fixed. If yours is tight you really have to apply a LOT of pressure when unscrewing the cartridge. It took me many tries to get them open but they will loosen and open eventually. If you can't do it then your dad would be the best bet.

JentleViolence
05-26-2007, 09:58 PM
This may seem like a stupid question, but where might one find a soldering iron? :oops:

Ness
05-26-2007, 11:19 PM
This may seem like a stupid question, but where might one find a soldering iron? :oops:

Might find one hanging around your house. Ask your mom or dad if they have one and there is a a good chance that they will. I got mine at Radio Shack but you can also get them at Home Depot, Wal-Mart and the like.

JentleViolence
05-27-2007, 03:02 AM
Ah, thank you. Hopefully we can go to Home Depot soon and buy one.

Maza
06-23-2007, 07:46 PM
I finally got the casing open of my Pokemon Gold cartridge and managed to change that battery. Trust me, it is very very simple if you read through that guide even once. Although I accidentally dropped some tin on the chip but since the game works just fine, it couldn't have hit any critical spot :). So just to warn all of you not-so-experienced-ones when you are wielding that soldering iron, keep it in the upwards position while holding it (to prevent any of the tin leavings from dropping in the wrong places). Pretty common sense but I just wanted to point that out :).

Fallen Latias
07-13-2007, 04:57 PM
Hey, thanks, now I can revive my Silver which has been dead for quite a while...

aceb22bro
08-14-2007, 02:41 AM
i am glad that i do not have gold version then :oops:

Shadow Tyranitar
08-15-2007, 01:27 AM
Say, I have two questions. If you replace your battery, will your saved game be deleted? And if you restart your old game, will it save the battery and then you won't have to replace it? Please answer. :neutral:

aceb22bro
08-15-2007, 02:03 AM
Say, I have two questions. If you replace your battery, will your saved game be deleted? And if you restart your old game, will it save the battery and then you won't have to replace it? Please answer. :neutral:
yes, since it supplies energy to keep your saved data ok, then it will all be deleted, but if you replace it, then it will save just fine until that one runs out

Shadow Tyranitar
08-16-2007, 01:36 AM
yes, since it supplies energy to keep your saved data ok, then it will all be deleted, but if you replace it, then it will save just fine until that one runs out

So, if it takes a second to get the cry of my lv 100s in my boxes, is that the battery mustering all it's energy? And, I don't think you answered my first question, sorry, I didn't understand.

Teepet
08-16-2007, 06:34 AM
Ah, a battery! That's why I lost my save when I washed my game >w< good thing I wasn't very far that time.

Now regarding your game. I would be surprised if the battery was an issue. Dead/dying batteries usually affect the saved games or the clock. You could try replacing the battery but I doubt it will help :neutral:. If you have an extra $2-5 hanging around for the battery and someone who is willing to fix it then it is worth a shot and if it doesn't work then your game is sadly as good as trash :ermm:.
My in-game clock hasn't been working, could that mean that my battery is dying? I dunno how long I've had the game, I'm not even sure if I got it new or used, but it's prolly been long enough that it may be wearing down. (I hope not though, I kinda like the game I just started and having no clock is kinda handy- makes it harder for me to miss deadlines... although it'll prolly be a pain in the butt for some things later on.)

Kirby Grunt
09-24-2007, 07:59 PM
Now all i need to do is find my pokemon R/B... but my GSC games never failed me before...

Cooltrainer Jennifer
10-10-2007, 05:22 AM
5 to 8 years. Maybe more maybe less. I don't think playing or not playing will have much of an effect. Most Gameboy games have some kind of battery in it but you don't see them dying. I believe it's the crystal oscillator, which keeps the time, which has the biggest effect since it is constantly using the battery's energy.

You can however replace the battery with a newer one which should have a lot longer life.
will you get your game back?

EmBreon
10-10-2007, 06:07 AM
will you get your game back?

I'm pretty sure that once you change the battery, any saved data you have will be lost. My battery hasn't died yet, so I'm only going from articles I've read.

pokeholic94
01-03-2008, 03:35 PM
you don't need a soldering iron. if you get ne of those small screwdrivers that are flat, you can bush the tabs in, replace the battery, then push the tabs back into their original position.

Stormdancer94
01-09-2008, 08:28 AM
Does the battery replacement affect all GBC games? Or just Silver and Gold?

Because, otherwise, I'm going to need to watch Pokemon Blue and Yellow, which I got secondhand and I have no idea how old they are :dazed:

I don't want to lose my beautiful Crystal game! It was the Pokemon game I got! Then I became obsessed...


Lol, even if the battery dies, I have a Dad around, they're always useful XD

Do you mean a Flathead Screwdriver Pokeholic94? Or whatever you call them...

Ness
01-30-2008, 10:31 PM
Does the battery replacement affect all GBC games? Or just Silver and Gold?

The reason why the batteries Gold/Silver/Crystal games die is because of the clock function. To maintain the time in the games, the battery constantly has to run.

So to answer your question about whether your Blue and Yellow batteries dying... the answer is no they won't die, at least not for a long time, since they do not have internal clocks :wink:.


On a side note, I have a Crystal cartridge which needs a new battery so I will use that opportunity to have pictures exclusive to this site. I am also considering creating a video tutorial which I am sure will help some people.

Sakura-Fox512
03-02-2008, 04:48 AM
According to wiki:
"A common problem found in the second generation of games is a problem with the internal battery after roughly six years. The internal battery is located inside of the cartridge which allows the game to save the user's progress. Many people have reported that their games no longer save due to this problem, and any save file that remains before 2006 will be deleted!!!.

It is possible to fix this, but the cartridge must be opened and the battery must be taken out, and a new battery must be soldered in. The battery model is model CR2025, although a larger CR2032 fits as well and will last longer. An inexpensive replacement battery can be purchased with the same welded tabs and insulating ring already attached such as the Panasonic BSG series (part # BR2032-1F2) available from Digikey. One will need to be able to use a soldering iron to remove the old battery and install the new one. One should get a battery with welded tabs such as the one mentioned above; it is difficult and unsafe to solder directly to a lithium battery without tabs.

With a new battery, the game's save file lasts a much longer time; however, any previous data saved on the game when the battery is replaced is lost."

I can not find their most Highly recommended the Panasonic BSG..... :(

Omittchi
05-27-2008, 08:59 PM
I have a few questions. My Pokemon Gold won't save or when it does the data is Corrupt, so I think It's the battery. I was wondering what size battery is needed and is there a way to do this without a soldering Iron because I do not have one or know anyone who has one.

pixlepix
08-07-2008, 10:56 PM
I finally got the casing open of my Pokemon Gold cartridge and managed to change that battery. Trust me, it is very very simple if you read through that guide even once. Although I accidentally dropped some tin on the chip but since the game works just fine, it couldn't have hit any critical spot :). So just to warn all of you not-so-experienced-ones when you are wielding that soldering iron, keep it in the upwards position while holding it (to prevent any of the tin leavings from dropping in the wrong places). Pretty common sense but I just wanted to point that out :).

If i remember correctly it is a mix of tin and lead

Alonso
04-21-2009, 03:26 AM
Its been nearly 9 years since I got my Gold but it still saves... At least, it did a few months ago. This is a great tut. Now Im relieved that I can change the battery in case the battery runs dry.

Charizard
06-29-2009, 06:29 AM
My Silver version battery ran out a couple of years ago.
Thanks that I have found this tutorial. It reall helps.

Do my save game there will retain or I do need to start from the beginning?

darthcrawford
03-08-2010, 08:29 PM
wow... i just found this. I needed this about 6 months ago when i re-bought silver and it wouldn't save.lols. oh well when i find it i can fix it now thanks.

UberRaichu
02-10-2012, 07:46 PM
No, two 1.5v batteries won't make 3v; it will still equal 1.5v if I remember correctly from the two week electrical unit from grade 9 Science class that I took 5 years ago. I believe you need to add amplifiers to increase the voltage of a battery.

Read what Maza said, everything you need to know is in the guide found on the link provided.

Two 1.5v batteries in series, i.e. ---[battery]--[battery]--- will make 3 volts. If the two batteries are wired in parallel, then the voltage will stay at 1.5v.