Any Gizmondo owners? Help needed.

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Retro STrife
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Any Gizmondo owners? Help needed.

Postby Retro STrife » January 30th, 2016, 3:19 pm

I recently bought a Gizmondo on ebay. Like most of the few Gizmondos on ebay, it came with no battery. Apparently batteries for these things are nearly impossible to find. As a result, I bought a Gizmondo AC adapter, thinking that it would work fine plugged into the wall. Unfortunately, when I tried this method, it does not power on. I emailed the seller and he claims that a battery must be installed for it to work, even when using the charger.

So here's what I'm wondering:

1. First, is the seller correct? Does a battery need to be in it for it to work with the AC adapter? I'm, of course, trying to rule out the possibility that the handheld itself is defective. I'm hoping that a fellow member might have a Gizmondo on hand and could test it out plugged into the wall without a battery installed.

2. Second, I'm wondering if anyone knows where to find an extra battery or any alternatives to the Gizmondo battery? There wasn't much on google-just one or two possible ideas that aren't ideal to say the least. None for sale anywhere.

Thanks in advance if anyone knows anything.

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Re: Any Gizmondo owners? Help needed.

Postby Wallyworld » January 31st, 2016, 12:08 am

I would return this to seller in a hot second. Even if he's telling the truth sounds like he's trying to pass his problem on to an unsuspecting buyer. I would submit a return request as item dead on arrival. Ebay policy's protect the buyer from this type of stuff. Even if the seller tries to refuse the return once you open a case ebay will take your side and refund you almost 100% of the time. If he listeded it as broken for parts only in title of listing is only way you don't win. Even if he listed it as not working in small print somewhere in the listing you will get your money back if its not in listing title.

Send it back and buy one complete If you want one.

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Re: Any Gizmondo owners? Help needed.

Postby Retro STrife » February 7th, 2016, 4:25 pm

Alright, follow up time guys. I didn't recall anyone here having a Gizmondo, so I made my original post as a long-shot hope. But I've found some answers, so I've decided to post a follow up here, because there is so little information about the Gizmondo online that I think it's important that I relay what I found out. Considering that the Gizmondo is a fairly modern portable, released well into the internet era and even receiving a semi-mainstream release (despite its complete failure), I was truly amazed by the total lack of information that is out there for the system. But so few retro gamers care to own them, and all the old online message board communities that supported it have since disappeared and the sites are gone. Ultimately, it was a lucky connection with Sylvester706, a Gizmondo seller on eBay, that got me the answers I was looking for (I highly recommend him if anyone on here decides to look into Gizmondo games and consoles). So, on the off chance that it helps someone in the future, here's what I discovered after several hours of research:

Yes, the system does require a battery in it for it to work. The battery CAN BE a dead battery. Basically, a battery (dead or alive) just needs to be in there to complete the circuit. Of course, with a dead battery you will need to keep it plugged in with the AC charger at all times. And good luck finding a working battery--they were notorious for failure and I did not see any for sale on eBay, Amazon, or anywhere else on the internet. Not even generic replacements. Not even from China. In fact, good luck even finding a dead battery. Those weren't for sale anywhere either (but they should be, I would have easily paid $20+ for a dead battery just to get the headache over with and use the charger).

There is a way to convert a Sanyo cell phone battery to work with it, but it looks pretty complicated, and only worth doing as a last resort. For the details, see: http://gizguides.wikidot.com/how-to-con ... he-gizmond AND www.scrameta.net/gizmondo/gizmondobattery.doc .

Hope this helps someone, someday.




@Wallyworld- Thanks for the reply. If this was a PSP or 3DS, I would return it in a hot second. The problem with that approach here was that it is pretty rare for a Gizmondo to appear on ebay, and, when they do, they are often very expensive. I bought the battery-less console for about $40, hoping that I could score a deal by finding a battery separately. Unbeknownst to me, finding a battery is even harder than finding the console itself. That's when the problem arose.


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