This repair guide wil give a walk through on how to replace the power LED in a Sega Genesis.


No parts required.

Remove the six screws from the underside of the console with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
  • Remove the six screws from the underside of the console with a Phillips #1 screwdriver.

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Flip the Sega Genesis upright.
  • Flip the Sega Genesis upright.

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  • Gently lift the top casing.

  • Note: the case will be connected to the main board by LED wires.

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  • Bend out the LED leads into vertical positions.

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  • Slide the LED wire apparatus off the lead pins.

  • Note: observe which color wire corresponds with which length of pin.

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  • Separate the main board from the outer case.

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  • Remove plastic "Power / On" cover by pushing tabs together.

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  • Pull "Power / On" cover away from the console cover.

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  • From the outside of the top cover, remove LED.

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  • Re-insert "Power / On" cover until it clicks into place.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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Anthony Porchia

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My LED won't turn on when I turn on the machine though when I took it out and touched it on a battery it lit up. Did I put it back in wrong or what?

Brandon - Reply

Long leg on the LED goes to the red wire.

Short leg to the white wire. If that's not the case, you may have burned the LED or the spot doesn't work anymore.

Last attempt would be getting your +V5 from the resistor below as shown in this image.


PIero Bogani -

The model I am trying to change the led on is the 1601 HD graphics Genesis. The problem I have is there are NO simple easy press tabs to pop off the red ring. What is the correct way to remove the LED on this model? Thank you for your time.

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