Fair point.dshadoff wrote: Oh, and rather than ask whether a card bevel is a "flaw" covered under the product warranty (as this is likely by design), you should instead be asking whether damage caused by a lack of bevel is covered. Jammed pins could *potentially* be caused by this, but I have never heard of such a report on wide-pinned systems.
The only time I've heard of this being a persistent and recurrent problem is on the Atari Jaguar. Evidently some of the cartridges were manufactured (accidentally) without bevels and, I believe the skunk boards may have also been without bevel and this has caused several incidents of flattened or "crushed" pins on the connector. There's anecdotal evidence of this if you read Best Electronic's ramblings about Jaguar repairs.
All of the official Genesis carts I have checked have beveled edges.
I'm guessing you know/suspect just as I do that Sega didn't exactly publish guidance on manufacturing Genesis carts - it's not like they wanted to encourage anyone outside their own plants to manufacture them. But the fact that the carts that Sega manufactured were beveled is evidence that it was part of the design spec. They built those games and systems as cheaply as possible. If they didn't think it was important they would not have spent the extra money on the process no matter how cheap it may have been.dshadoff wrote:If you could supply a reference to a manufacturing specification for Megadrive/Genesis carts where bevelling amount is specified, I'd like to review.