How to Fix a Vtech Vsmile

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V.Smile is an educational video game system that invites children to learn through play. The set-up is minimal with little or no maintenance. Occasional air-dusting of the ports and games will help prolong the life of the unit.

V.Smile is connected through the audio visual (AV) jacks on the side or back of your television. Problems with the V.Smile unit can be separated into two categories: getting power to the unit and issues with the game not displaying correctly.

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Things you need

  • V.Smile console
  • V.Smile game
  • 3 C-size batteries or power adaptor AC/DC 9V 300mA, centre-positive
  • Push pin

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  1. 1

    Remove game from unit.

  2. 2

    Remove batteries from battery compartment, located on the underside of the V.Smile unit, or unplug the AC/DC power adaptor.

  3. 3

    Press the Reset button located on the bottom of the V.Smile unit using a push pin.

  4. 4

    Insert new batteries into the battery compartment or plug in the power adaptor AC/DC 9V 300mA, centre-positive.

  5. 5

    Power on your television.

  6. 6

    Set the television to the correct AV setting. Look on the back or side of television to discover the AV jack that is being used by the V.Smile unit.

  7. 7

    Power on the V.Smile unit.

  8. 8

    Place a game in the V.Smile unit. Make sure the game is "seated" all the way into the game slot.

Tips and warnings

  • When using batteries with the V.Smile unit, a low-battery indicator will appear on the television. Usually this means you have 10 to 30 minutes before the unit powers off.
  • Risk of seizures in some individuals is possible. Heed all warnings regarding video products and seizure risks.

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