Hi. I know this site isn't "NES Advisor" but I'm in a jam and was told that this was the place to go for technical help. I've finally been able to find a NES, but when I try to get it to load something, the light on the front blinks on and off, and the TV screen flashes grey to black. It's a front-loading "toaster" style nes. I'm gonna try cleaning it but I'm told there's a way to fiddle with its motherboard to fix this. Is this true and if so, how do I do it?
Again, I know it's not a PC, but if anyone can offer help, please reply!
Hi, Chick, I had the same problem til I took my NES apart and found the 32 pin connector which is where the games go into. I used a small screwdriver and closed the gaps so that when the game was inserted it would be tight. Thats why your machine works when you stuff placemats into it. the connection is loose. My 2 machines which both had the same problem now work perfectly. hope this helps
LinkinFarley has it. Part of the reason why is that the game cart engages the connector then pivots downwards, putting a strain on the contacts. Damn silly design flaw if you ask me. Cant think of a single other console that does this. If it wasnt for the quality of a small handfull of games like mario bros I think the NES would have bombed.
WE still use ours occasionally, all bought very cheap from car boots etc, and mario 1 & 3 are still a pleasure to play. simple and not too demanding by todays standards. Cheap fun.