The NES or the Cartridge?

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Alucard1191
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The NES or the Cartridge?

Postby Alucard1191 » March 19th, 2017, 3:25 pm

Hello everyone,

I have an issue I need some expert advice on. I have an old NES that came into my wife's thrift store with a few games, and I can't get either of the games I have to work on it.

I have Mickey Mousecapades and Dusty's All Star Softball. Both of these games do slightly different things. The Softball game I can get to work, but the graphics are super glitched out to the point that it's unplayable. (The sound and the controls work) Mickey Mousecapades will 'stabalize' with a screen that is just a series of blocks and glitched graphics, and I can't move beyond that.

How can I tell if my NES just isn't reading them right or if it's the cartridges? If another NES came in of course I could test it that way, but I don't know when that will be.

Are there maintenance things/things to check with these old systems to make them work again?

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Rev
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Re: The NES or the Cartridge?

Postby Rev » March 19th, 2017, 4:40 pm

Honestly, with out having a game that you know works well there isn't much you can do. Your best bet is to clean the NES first:

http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/nesmai ... enance.htm

If that seems like too much of a hassle, you can clean your games first which isn't too big of an issue. Once clean, 98% of the games I have purchased work. I've only run across a couple NES games which refused to work and usually that was an issue with the game either need sanding to clean the contacts even more, or the contacts were loose, which I opened up the cartridge, screwed them down, and then they worked. To clean, it's super easy, just get some alcohol from Walmart, some Q-Tips, and then wet the Q-Tip with alcohol and wipe the contacts clean until the Q-Tip comes back clear. If you do it with both games and neither work on the NES then chances are the console is dirty (common problem for the original toaster NES).

Alucard1191
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Re: The NES or the Cartridge?

Postby Alucard1191 » March 20th, 2017, 2:36 am

Thanks, I'll give that a shot in the next few days. Really hoping to make these work

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Retro STrife
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Re: The NES or the Cartridge?

Postby Retro STrife » March 20th, 2017, 9:20 am

To me, it's rare for any game cartridges to stop working and so common for NESes to have problems, that I would say pretty confidently that it's the system. Especially because the problem is happening to two cartridges. But like Rev said, no way to know for sure without more testing.

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Re: The NES or the Cartridge?

Postby VideoGameCritic » March 20th, 2017, 10:38 pm

Have you tried cleaning out those carts really good?
http://videogamecritic.com/extras/info/cleaning.htm

When my NES carts glitch I clean the heck out of them until they work.
Just make sure the alcohol is totally dry before you insert them into the console.

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Re: The NES or the Cartridge?

Postby Wallyworld » March 23rd, 2017, 8:23 am

I've had the same issue with an NES before. Sounds like it needs a new 72 pin connector. You can buy them for less than $10 on ebay. Only tool you will need is a Philips head screwdriver. Just watch a youtube video on how to change it. It's surprisingly easy. Once you do that it should work like a brand new system.

Good luck!


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