Topic: Original Nintendo console broken

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@ReaderRagfish blowing killed my first NES according to the guy at funcoland circa 1997. Idk if its true. They gave me a refurbished one.

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Were you able to get this NES working properly?

Your issue definitely sounds like the 72 pin connector is just worn out. It's incredibly common. It's literally the only thing that ever seems to regularly wear out on these systems. If you've cleaned all your games really REALLY well with q-tips and isopropyl alcohol and are still having issues, then your best bet is to buy and install a new pin connector (you can easily find them online by searching for "NES 72 pin connector") or buy and install a custom pin connector like the "Blinking Red Light Win" that dharmajones93 mentioned.

You can try various methods of refurbishing the current 72 pin connector you have by bending the pins back, boiling it, etc, but just replacing the connector is the least hassle imho. Another option if you just want to play the games and aren't sentimental about this particular NES unit, although a bit expensive, is to get a Top Loader/Model 2 NES. They never have this issue.

As per your other questions:

  • Since you said you disabled the lockout chip that causes the Power LED light to flash when there's a bad connection, any solid color screen you now see when trying to boot a game just means that the system can't read the game. If could be any number of different solid colors fyi (red, white, black, blue, etc). Again, you'll just have to trying cleaning your games REALLY well, or install a different pin connector.
  • Having to reset the system to get a game to work is not normal. You should never have to do that.
  • If you feel the games look weird on your TV, check your TV settings and/or make sure you're not using a widescreen setting as that will stretch the image and blur it considerably. If possible, try using different audio/video cables (RF/coax and composite video) or hooking it up to another TV to see if that makes any difference too. Also note that connecting 80s and 90s video game hardware to modern TVs in general often has sub-par results. Whenever possible use an old CRT for the best picture when playing older systems, OR try a modern HD alternate to any system to use with an modern HD TV.

Hope that helps! I've worked on these things for ages, so if you have any questions just let me know.

Good luck!



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