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How do I clean the place where cartridges are inserted without opening up the N64?

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Take a credit card and wrap a thin baby wipe around it. Use a solution of water and rubbing alcohol. It's a simple fix. Use a cotton swab with the same solution for the cartridges.

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I dropped my n64 game and it stopped working

Try to clean out the other end of the cartridge, it might just be dirty.
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How to get those old NES,SNES and N64 games to work properly - NEVER BLOW INTO...

A very common myth i have seen over the years even since 1992 to present day has been to blow into the cartridge will get the games to work when you insert it into the Nintendo 64 even for all the other systems that used cartridges that preceded it (NES SNES etc) I don't know how many times i have seen this ritual before. That is not how you should clean your old game system cartridges, this is what you should do to clean your electronic devices:

1.Now, what you must do instead is to get some isopropyl 70% alcohol and a q-tip.

2.Pour some of the alcohol onto the q-tip so that it is soaked.Only a bit is necessary.

3. Now clean the copper metal contacts in cartridge, with the wet q-tip clean any dirt and grime that you can find on the these contacts (the metal areas on the part that looks like a computer chip). Keep on scrubbing away at the contact till it looks clean, repeat if necessary and apply as much force to scrub away at the dirt. Make sure it looks shiny. <<it is not necessary to open

4. Insert your game cartridge and enjoy!
5. You might want to try the same method of using alcohol and a q-tip for cleaning the contacts of the actual system.

If you were one of those who blew into the cartridge, all you were doing were spreading germs and bacteria and possible food onto the cartridge making it worse acting as an insulator and impurities. Electronic devices do not like impurities and must be kept clean of dirt, especially the contacts so that they can conduct electricity properly.

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Hi we just bought a nintendo 64 and plugged everything the red light comes on but when we insert the game it flickers then the screen turns dark green and nothing. We have plugged and replugged, cleaned...

I say your N64 is obsolete at this point. May I suggest playing N64 games on your PC. A rom is a game that is 'ripped' from a game cartridge or cd of a game console (usually a console generation earlier than the second latest.) An emulator is what you run the rom in. The emulator is what allows you to use your mouse, keyboard, etc. to play the game. is a great source for roms. You can get roms for the N64, GBA, GBA, GB, GameCube, Nintendo DS and even some sega games!You search for your game, find it in the list of search results and download the game. This is a list of N64 emulators that are readily available for you to download. This is the root site of the link above. Please feel free to check it out. There are several other lists of emulators for other game consoles, handheld and home gaming.
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How do you erase memory from the memory pak

  • Plug an N64 controller into the "Player 1" port on the Nintendo 64.
  • 2 Place the N64 Controller Pack into the memory card slot on the Nintendo 64 controller.
  • 3 Insert a Nintendo 64 game into the cartridge slot on the N64.
  • 4 Hold down "Start" on the N64 controller.
  • 5 Turn the Nintendo 64 on via the "Power" switch on the device. After the console loads, the Controller Pack menu will appear on the screen.
  • 6 Release the "Start" button on the N64 controller.
  • 7 Browse through the saves listed, using the N64 controller's directional pad.
  • 8 Highlight the game you want to erase.
  • 9 Select the "Delete" option. The pages that were occupied by the game save will be erased from the Controller Pack.
  • 10 Repeat Steps 7 though 9 until you're finished erasing pages on the Controller Pak. Restart the N64 if you wish to play the game that was inserted into the device, or turn the Nintendo 64 off if you are done using the console.

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    Games don't always work when inserted in the console or won't work at all.

    The official answer from Nintendo is to clean across them with a cotton swab and alcohol to remove the dust when they don't work. But, this was a common problem on the N64 and the common solution for most of us that grew up with them was to take the cartridge and blow across it like a harmonica then just cram it back into the N64. Usually worked fine.

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    Hi there, At a guess Id say the contacts on the Game Cartridge are dirty, you could try a couple of things:
    1. Blow on the contacts on the Cartridge and then push firmly into the N64 - Test game, if doesn't work move to next step
    2. Get some rubbing alcohol solution and a cotton bud and gently clean the contacts on the cartridge - Test game, if doesn't work move to next step
    3. Get some rubbing alcohol solution and a cotton bud and gently clean contacts in the N64 console cartridge slot - Test game

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    try blowing inside the cartridge then cutting the game off then on if that dosnt work the cartridge dosnt work anymore happened to me plenty of times

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    The Extension Port is what Nintendo names the ports placed on their consoles allowing for connectivity to either other systems, or peripherals that were released after the fact.
    EXT named ports can be found on many Nintendo consoles, such as the Game Boy, the Super Nintendo, the Virtual Boy, the Nintendo 64, and even the GameCube.

    The EXTension port on the Nintendo 64 game console, is found on its bottom side. It reads "EXT." and stands for extension. It is a cartridge drive but with a slightly different interface than the one above on the main deck. It has the same number of pins as the main cartridge slot and the same data transfer speed. The special Pokémon Nintendo 64 lacked this extension port, probably because at that point Nintendo knew there was no use for it. While the most popular of uses was the 64DD, other companies found uses for the Extension port, primarily for piracy, though the hardware was originally intended for, and used by some companies, as an inexpensive N64 development device, or even just to quickly develop a product demo.
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