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Old 11-22-2009, 05:12 PM   #1
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V. 1.1 - updated 3/31/11, corrected grammar and spelling.

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I decided to write this FAQ because my NES means a lot to me, as it once belonged to my uncle, and was the first system I ever played. NES systems, especially the front loaders can have quite a number of problems, most of them due to aging. I hope I am able to help someone out with this.

CLEANING CARTRIDGES

Cleaning an NES cartridge is quite a simple procedure. At one time, Nintendo had cartridge cleaning kits, although you'd be hard pressed to find one now. Cleaning the cartridge could possibly resolve blank screens, scrambled screens, flashing screens, or games that like to crash.

The best thing to use when cleaning an NES cartridge is a q-tip. The best cleaning fluid to use is a solution of 50% alcohol and 50% water. The water dilutes it enough to be safe. you may also want to try Windex, though I don't use it personally.

You've probably already figured out the procedure by now. just dip the q-tip in the water/alcohal soltion, and rub it along the connector pins. You should repeat the process until the q-tip coems out clean.

CLEANING THE SYSTEM

Sometimes, the problem is with the actual system itself. nine times out of ten, the problem is, more specifically, with the connector pin(the thing your cartridges plug into). To clean this, you will have to take apart your NES. all you need to do this is a phillips head screw driver. It's very very simple to do, just unscrew the outside, and lift off the top. You will see a metal shield covering the insides, which you will also need to unscrew and remove. It is safe to remove anything from the NES and long as you are careful, and remember where it belongs. There are many guides throughout the internet, most including images, to help you do this.

Once you can clean the connector pin, it is best to used the same 50% water, 50% alcohol solution I mentioned in the cartridge cleaning section. You may use a q-tip for this as well, but I would suggest something more coarse such as a tooth brush, or even a fingernail scrubber.

If the system is still giving you problems, you should probably replace the connector pins. they can be found on sites such as eBay and amazon for around $10.00 U.S. and it is a very simple procedure.


I know this guide isn't much at all, but I figured that maybe someone could use it.
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Old 11-23-2009, 11:01 AM   #2
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this is standard procedure for most people who actually play their NES, but its a great point of reference for retro newbies. thanks for posting
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