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Old 02-08-2010, 11:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Repairing/Cleaning NES Cartridges?

My NES died on me a long time ago. I recently got a friend of mine to repair it for me. I think she just replaced the thing your cartridge goes in. So now my NES works, but there is still a problem. About half of my games don't start up, and the ones that do seem to be crashing an awful lot.

Any advice you have on repairing/cleaning games would be much appreciated.
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Repairing/Cleaning NES Cartridges?

i used to use a little rubbing alchohol and a q-tip
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Old 02-09-2010, 02:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Repairing/Cleaning NES Cartridges?

I know a guy who used to run his NES games under the tap to clean them. Yeah, he would put the sensitive part under running water, dry it off and then try to play it. Needless to say his games barely every worked.
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Old 02-09-2010, 03:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Repairing/Cleaning NES Cartridges?

It is the silly blinking problem when you power up the NES?
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I too used the rubbing alcohol and q-tip just dip the q-tip in and rub it on the connectors of the cartridge and the inside of the nes then lightly blow dry. also how we got our nes games working was to slide the cartridge in just before all the way and push down. the lip of the game will hit the outer edge of the nes casing and you will get a nice crunch but it works some times.

another move we used to use was put the game in and do the crunch move and then lightly push the corner of the cartridge left or right while inside the nes. sometimes if you game glitches while you are playing you can restore it by doing this move ever so carefully. other times it will really crash the game.

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I know a guy who used to run his NES games under the tap to clean them. Yeah, he would put the sensitive part under running water, dry it off and then try to play it. Needless to say his games barely every worked.
I found this on stumble a few weeks back and thought it was relevant.


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Re: Repairing/Cleaning NES Cartridges?

You could use a big eraser and just go to town on the cartridge connectors. You'll have to open up the game for this of course.
Or maybe the 72 pin connector wasn't put in properly, you could check by opening your NES and take a look to see if it's on straight.
If it's blinking then you need to adjust the game while the NES is blinking until you get a picture.
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Or maybe the 72 pin connector wasn't put in properly, you could check by opening your NES and take a look to see if it's on straight.
I don't think that is the problem, my friend works at a place where she does this all day, so she knows what she's doing. Of course there's always a chance.

The same friend that repaired my NES claims she can fix my games too, but I don't her to have to fix 20 games for nothing, but I don't want to pay her either. I'll try some rubbing alcohol.
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Re: Repairing/Cleaning NES Cartridges?

I would also go with the 72-pin connector. Having replaced a coupple myself I can attest that if they're not placed just so they might cause the blinkies. It could have also misaligned afterwards if not tightened thoroughly while insert a cart.

Pop the NES open and ensure that both the connector itself is aligned straight and that all the connector springs are at the same level.
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I think the eraser suggestion sounds like it would work but not as easy as the alcohol suggestion. Blowing on it causes moisture which causes corrosion.
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