Check your US black Saturn peripherals.

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  1. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    I found that the cables have begun melting into the controllers.

    I would recommend you isolate the cords completely with HDPE bags or Acid free paper.
     
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  2. Nick

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    Any pictures?
     
  3. D_Ban

    D_Ban Robust Member

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    Thanks for the heads up. I'll check my stuff tomorrow.
     
  4. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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  5. TriState294

    TriState294 Site supporter 2016

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    Has anyone seen this happen on actual controllers yet? It's a shame to see that happen on a rare keyboard, but it's quite plausible that the standard controllers had a different manufacturing process (with different materials) than these oddball low quantity accessories.
     
  6. LeHaM

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    so the rubber reacts with ABS?

    I've seen this before on other electronics, and a dildo...
     
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    Yeah, thanks for sorting that for me :oops:
     
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    Jamtex Adult Orientated Mahjong Connoisseur

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    Good advice. I have removed all the fixed aerial leads and controllers from all my old consoles and have used archival polythene bags and acid free paper (wrap around the cables so the cables are not touching) to store them in.

    Keep soft plastics away from hard plastics if you are going to store things for a long time. The phthalates in PVC plastics (normally cables) can leech over time and damage ABS and other plastics, it is not a quick process so if the cables are moved a lot then you may not see anything.

    Also remove controllers and leads from any polystyrene foam boxes as the cables will leech into it and cause similar damage. If you must store the cables in teh box then put them in HDPE or archival polythene bags.
     
  9. LainPW

    LainPW Rapidly Rising Member

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    I wonder how much sealed, new in box stuff would be fit for the trash if opened today. Probably a scary amount for collectors. :eek:
     
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    It's hard to say - but most consumer electronics packaging was never designed for long-term storage, so I suspect a lot of that stuff is trash now.
     
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    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    New in box is just dead stuff. Shiny, dead stuff. Battery leakage, plastics melt.

    It's a strange fetish I don't understand and I happily profit on.
     
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    I saw this effect on a TurboGrafx Turbo Booster. I just assumed somebody had put something hot on it (or put the booster on something hot).
     
  13. Bearking

    Bearking Konsolkongen

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    I bought a US Saturn Keyboard brand new a few years ago and it too had melted plastic. Never understood it. Now I see that it has gotten much worse since, so thank for the heads up! The cable had also made a few marks on my Dreamcast Keyboard which was on top of it. Luckily both are on the bottom side primarily.

    Never seen this on anything but this Keyboard. Could it happen to the normal controllers too?

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  14. ASSEMbler

    ASSEMbler Administrator Staff Member

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    It can happen to any controller with soft wires, the chemical in the wires (phthalates) leech out of the plastic.

    It usually takes a very long time to happen, the saturn stuff just seems to do it faster than say a nes controller.

    Famicoms do this, they will melt right into the top of a famitwin.
     
  15. billcosbymon

    billcosbymon Guru Meditation Error

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    Yike's, I should probably fix that on my twinfami.
     
  16. Bearking

    Bearking Konsolkongen

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    I should probably just replace the PS/2 cable on the Saturn Keyboard. I don't see the connection between this and other US Saturn peripherals necessarily, as this is just a stock PC keyboard with a SEGA logo painted on :)
     

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