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N64 Blinking on and off

Hi, Just recently I tried playing my N64 and any game I tried would start up just fine and work for a few minutes. However, at that point, the system would start resetting over and over again. The screen would blink and the N64 logo would come up on screen, then dissapear, the reappear...etc. I noticed the power light on the front of the system stays lit the entire time. Also, after the system gets done blinking for about 10 seconds, the N64 logo comes up again and the game restarts. Then a few minutes later it starts blinking again. Sometimes it would blink after only playing for a minute, and sometimes after playing for a 5 minutes. I've never had a problem with the N64 and it worked perfectly up to this point. I tried several games and the symptom stayed the same.

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It seems like an issue with the cartridge slot (as in there's a bad connection somewhere, causing the connection with the cart to be lost, then restored, then lost... etc). Try giving it a good blast with a can of compressed air or possibly go over it with a Q-tip soaked in glass cleaner or 50% isopropyl alcohol.

It may also be an issue with the power cable. I have a similar problem with my Genesis resetting and turning off. It turned out to be caused by a faulty, loose, power cable. Try finding another power cable for your N64 and see if it makes adifference.

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Wow, this sounds pretty bad...
Try cleaning the contacts within the control deck and the cartridges. Check the reset button, and see if it's jammed or malfunctioning.

If none of that works, get a new one. Because somethings messed up with the chipset, and it's malfunctioning badly.

Posted on Nov 16, 2008

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