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Nintendo 64 help 2012-11-08 16:49:51 Reply

Just recently found my old nintendo 64, excitement levels were off the charts. However, although the power on it works, the screen remains blank. And yes ive made sure its on the right channel, wires plugged in etc. So, does this mean my wires or whatever aren't compatible? If so, does anyone know if its possible to get ones that are. And if its a different problem please outline it. Thanks!

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Response to Nintendo 64 help 2012-11-08 16:52:30 Reply

That happened to me when N64 was still relevant. Just blow on the cartridge and/or use a cotton swab to get dust out of the console.


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Response to Nintendo 64 help 2012-11-08 16:59:41 Reply

At 11/8/12 04:52 PM, Chdonga wrote: That happened to me when N64 was still relevant. Just blow on the cartridge and/or use a cotton swab to get dust out of the console.

Yeah, try this.

Sometimes I encounter the same problem with my N64 and it doesn't have anything to do with the wiring. It's just that it won't read the cartridge or something and simply blowing into the cartridge and the insertion slot works wonders. If it still doesn't work, try to insert some other games. If those do work the cartridge might be broken.


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Response to Nintendo 64 help 2012-11-15 10:41:59 Reply

At 11/8/12 04:49 PM, Platypus wrote: Just recently found my old nintendo 64, excitement levels were off the charts. However, although the power on it works, the screen remains blank. And yes ive made sure its on the right channel, wires plugged in etc. So, does this mean my wires or whatever aren't compatible? If so, does anyone know if its possible to get ones that are. And if its a different problem please outline it. Thanks!

Use some 70% or higher rubbing alcohol or wd-40 and cotten swabs. That's how I fix my games. And don't blow on the cartridges; it'll rust them and you have to take them in to be fixed.

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Response to Nintendo 64 help 2012-11-15 15:11:09 Reply

At 11/15/12 10:41 AM, Familyguy666 wrote: Use some 70% or higher rubbing alcohol or wd-40 and cotten swabs. That's how I fix my games. And don't blow on the cartridges; it'll rust them and you have to take them in to be fixed.

So, air causes rust?

You might as well store your games in designated tupperware containers or something in that case.


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Response to Nintendo 64 help 2012-11-15 15:53:11 Reply

At 11/15/12 03:11 PM, ToastedCupcake wrote:
At 11/15/12 10:41 AM, Familyguy666 wrote: Use some 70% or higher rubbing alcohol or wd-40 and cotten swabs. That's how I fix my games. And don't blow on the cartridges; it'll rust them and you have to take them in to be fixed.
So, air causes rust?

Moisture in the air can, or saliva.

Although I have cartridges over 15 years old, I've blown in them a lot and there's not a single trace of rust on them. It could be that the contact points are coated and they will only start rusting if you damage (scratch) them.


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Response to Nintendo 64 help 2012-11-17 11:10:19 Reply

If you have the scart cable from an old Gamecube lying around you can use that.

Also works on a SNES too for that crispy clean screen.