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  1. Hello, I see that you have some expertise when it comes to the Super Nintendo. I recently purchased a Super Famicom that works almost flawlessly. The only small issue it has is that it outputs a slight buzzing along with the normal audio and I’m not sure what I can do to fix it. If you have any advice you can give me I would greatly appreciate it.

  2. It’s kind of become almost a joke these days that folks will immediately blame everything on bad capacitors, but in this case, buzzing in the audio is one of the few issues that really can be caused by bad caps. I no longer repair SNES consoles as often as I used to a few years ago, so my memory is fuzzy, but I’ve definitely had a few of them with buzzing in the audio that I fixed by recapping them. I didn’t see the issue that often, but in looking at some old notes I wrote to myself at the time it seems that apparently I solved the issue on at least a couple GPM-02 boards by replacing C61.

    As long as you can solder, it’s worth a shot. There aren’t that many electrolytic caps, so you may as well buy a kit from console5 and replace all of them at once, especially since the caps differ depending on the board revision. So even though I can say that C61 was the culprit for me on a GPM-02 board, that wouldn’t really be useful information for you if you have a different board revision. They have a kit for SHVC consoles and one for all later revisions. They’ve also got a list of all the capacitors for all the board revisions.

    If the console with the buzzing sound is an SHVC board and you happen to have another known working SHVC console you can swap the known good sound module into this one and see if it makes a difference. This is something you can try even without soldering, since it just requires a Phillips screwdriver and a 4.5mm gamebit driver to open the console.

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