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My Nintendo 64 turns on, but there's no picture.

My Nintendo 64 turns on, but there's no picture.

I have an old PAL Nintendo 64 that I wanted to play the other day. Unfortunately, it wouldn't work. The machine itself turns on and the red light lights up as usual, but I can't get any picture on the screen.

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Guest [Entry]

"No picture could mean the game is not loading up. In that case, it's best to clean the contacts of the game cartridge. I use isopropyl alcohol.

If it's not the game, make sure to clean the AV plug or buy a replacement cable. Note that the N64 does not support RGB SCART.

N64 units are pretty tough. I bought one from a stand drenched in rain water and still managed to get it working. Hopefully, you can get your system working. Good luck!"
Guest [Entry]

Sometimes that happens to me. Seems to be the game or connections with the console and cartridge. If I keep trying to get it to work (by reseating the game) it usually works. Notice I did not say "resetting" earlier. Try a different game, see if that one works.
Guest [Entry]

Hey moppskaft, not sure if you are still working on your N64 but i dug up some info that could be worthwhile to check out. First of, there seem to be a lot of people with the same issues as you are having. It looks like you have already done all of the most common errors like faulty cables and dirty connections. So what i found is this video http://www.booads.com/videos-re-how-do-i... that shows how that person fixed his with an identical issue. Of course not sure if it will work for you but give it a try. Can't hurt :) there are also a few forums that discuss this problem as well they are at http://gametz.com/Welcome.html this site explains the hardware http://n64.icequake.net/ So I hope this helped you somewhat, if not get back with us on here and let us know so we can continue to get your legacy console going again:) Good luck
Guest [Entry]

The same thing happened to me it's because of the new tv's, Put your expansion pack in the n64 then try it again.
Guest [Entry]

No.... N64 run on either 240p or 480i depending on the game, let me also add that most all the N64 games are 240p and won't play on most newer TVs and is only properly viewable on SDTV CRT's. 480i is full reselution SDTV signal and is viewable on any SDTV and HDTV. I ran into this problem when I was trying to circuit-bend my sega genisis which runs on 240p and had to stick a digital pass through between the TV and sega. Digital pass throughs (DPT) are fairly easy to obtain for low cost. Radioshack sells a DPT called a RF Modulator and I believe it goes for 35-50. That will fix your problem with the N64's resolution.
Guest [Entry]

Is your pin clean??????? I own a video game store and specialize in nintendo.. use a worn out paper fingernail file.. in 2 years I have never had a customer bring a console back. It works in 10 seconds.. clean games with lysol toilet bowl cleaner without bleach . Use a q tip with a small amount then use 91% alcohol to clean the lysol residue.. I never have games come back. Never blow on games!!!! The game store ms