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Topic: N64 not working?

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TwentyLeggedHen

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Hi guys I'm new here :)

So here is my story: I just recently bought an N64 from a yard sale. Since I just had the 64 and no games, I had my friend over at my house and he brought his SM64 game. We played it on my 42" screen, and it worked fine. I just plugged it in to the outlet and TV and turned it on, and nothing irregular happened. However, a few days after, I went to vacation for 3 weeks in California and Hawaii. The day before I left, I had ordered my own Super Mario 64 cartridge so it would be there when I got back. When I got back to the house, I immediately opened my package and went to try it on my 64. I had it unplugged over vacation, so I got it and plugged it in and then into the TV. I eagerly put the cartridge in, flipped on the power switch, and........ it doesn't turn on. After a few minutes of frustrated plugging in and unplugging, I finally got the power LED to light up for a disappointing half of a second.

Does anybody know why this has happened? Is it because of dust or something? As always, comments, tips and criticism greatly appreciated! :)

BTW do you guys have any emoticons? Or is it because I just started my account?

Edit: Oh sorry, they don't show up in the editing process.

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TwentyLeggedHen

2. Posted:

<BUMP>

Come on, doesn't anyone know? I am really itching to play my N64! D:

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GuSolarFlare

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it could be many things..... but my bet is on a problem in the power cable there might be a point where it "broke" so only in certain positions it'll work...
it could be dust but to me it feels unreal to get such a level of this effect just because of dust....
you should try to find a replacement for the power cables, probably......

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TwentyLeggedHen

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Yeah, I guess it could be both of those things... :/ Guess the topic's kinda vague. I''m just going to get a replacement cable and hope it works.

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GuSolarFlare

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oh and I see you're new here, why don't you say hello to everyone at the Newbie Introductions thread?
http://www.nintendolife.com/forums/general_discussion/the_new...

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looking forward to Codename S.T.E.A.M.
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my Banner made by Dark-Luigi!
My Galaxy Bio also by Dark-Luigi!

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ogo79

6. Posted:

your problem is that the n64 doesnt have this on it
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thats what youll need

the_shpydar wrote:
As @ogo79 said, the SNS-RZ-USA is a prime giveaway that it's not a legit retail cart.
And yes, he is (usually) always right, and he is (almost) the sexiest gamer out there (not counting me) ;)

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KingMike

7. Posted:

ogo, I thought you played oldnintendogamesonly? :D
Or do you play old Sega games too? :)

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ogo79

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@KingMike
yep i play genesis games as well. little bit of everything.
alloldgamesonly :*

the_shpydar wrote:
As @ogo79 said, the SNS-RZ-USA is a prime giveaway that it's not a legit retail cart.
And yes, he is (usually) always right, and he is (almost) the sexiest gamer out there (not counting me) ;)

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WaveWarlock

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Wait, your N64 isn't working? Isn't that a good thing?

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It must be a good thing!
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Now you can spend your precious popeye time gaming more wisely by going Vintage voyager and selecting between a vast array of NES & SNES insta' classics. ;) And get this, you wont have to worry about botched frame rates that are dipping below 30. wink*

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TwentyLeggedHen

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Well, right now I just don't feel like blowing $60 on an NES, though I would love to play one. I just might as well get my N64 working since I paid money for it and can't get a refund.

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T-dub

11. Posted:

have you got a power cord yet as i have many extras and would even throw in a control deck

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TwentyLeggedHen

12. Posted:

I already ordered a power cord from Amazon, but thanks for the offer! ;)

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TwentyLeggedHen

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Hey guys, I have another problem. I just got a new TV to use my n64 with, and of course the n64 stops working. When I plug the N64 in and turn it on, the TV doesn't receive a signal and the power button just flashes rapidly. Any ideas on how to fix this? Thanks!

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DanMan82

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Is your N64 working again? Is the problem only with this new TV? The composite jacks on the back of the TV could be bad...

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DanMan82

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Also check the troubleshooting guide in your TV's manual and see if that says anything enlightening.

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TwentyLeggedHen

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Oh, the TV is fine, I tried it with a Wii and a VCR player and it worked fine. I also tried it on the TV that it definitely worked with before and I'm getting no signal.. :/

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RancidVomit86

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Don't know if this helps any at all but here you go

http://www.ifixit.com/Wiki/Nintendo_64_Troubleshooting

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TwentyLeggedHen

18. Posted:

Thanks for the reply RancidVomit86! :thumbup: I'll try those methods.

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