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N64 powers up but no sound or video

Red light nothing else

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Nintendo 64 - Blank Screen Troubleshooting

Quick Tip:
If your system is connected using AV cables and you cannot see the game on your screen, it is likely all you need to find is the input select on your TV or VCR. Link here for help.
Make sure your system is hooked up correctly. This is the number one reason for a blank screen. To ensure all hookup connections are firm and correct, remove the AV cables and reinsert them with a slight twisting motion (this will help fully seat the connections). For more information about connecting the system, check the following hookup steps:

Audio/Video Cable to a TV
Audio/Video Cable to a VCR
Make sure you are using all licensed accessories with your system. Unlicensed products are not fully compatible with Nintendo systems and may not work correctly.

Make sure the system has power. If you don't see the red power light when you turn your system on, go to the No Power Light instructions.

Slide the Power Switch on the Control Deck to the OFF position. Remove the Game Pak and re-load it, pressing firmly to ensure it is locked in place. Slide the Power Switch on the Control Deck to the ON position. (Inserting the game with the Power ON will result in a blank screen.)

Check under the Memory Expansion door (on the top of the Control Deck) to verify that the Jumper Pak or Expansion Pak is still inserted. If one is not inserted, slide the Power Switch to the OFF position, insert the Jumper Pak or Expansion Pak and slide the Power Switch to the ON position. Simply pressing reset will not solve the problem. You must turn the power off and then back on.

If the above steps do not resolve the problem you are experiencing, there may be a problem in one of your hookup cables and not your system. Try purchasing a new connection cable (how to buy replacement parts). You can also try borrowing the cable from a friend to see if it solves your problem before purchasing a new item.

If this does not resolve the problem you are experiencing with your system, your system may need to be replaced. For more information on what options are available, please click here.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013

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SOURCE: n64 red light

Try blowing out the Game slot on the console, and then blow out the large metal prong on the bottom of the game. Also try waiting a little bit, your nintendo might need to cool down.
After a long time n64 games fail to start up on most attempts, so keep trying, it will start up eventually.

Posted on Nov 24, 2009

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SOURCE: My N64 does not play games... red ight... help plz...

your chords are not hook up.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009

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SOURCE: N64 will not play on new TV and Stereo Reciever

Ok well, I don't guarantee this will work but its worth giving a shot. You know the controls like V1 2,3,4,and 5? That might be a clue because all that stuff works the stuff that's plugged into the back of the TV. They have extra cable outlets or whatever you'd like to call them in the back of the TV. So plug the n64 into the back of the TV. Then it should work someway. You might be able to figure out it from there if it still doesn't work. So don't plug it into the cable box or VCR anymore. Hope that helps.

Let me know if it works after that.
P.S. I have a n64 too, and I just got a new HDTV also. I tried to see if my n64 works on it but it doesn't so I think I might do the samething that I was just explaining

Posted on Feb 03, 2009

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SOURCE: hooking up my n64, sound works, no video

make sure the yellow video wire is plugged into the correct port

Posted on Nov 02, 2009

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SOURCE: The red light comes on for my n64 but nothing happens

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
Cheers

Posted on Apr 03, 2010

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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
Cheers

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Try blowing out the Game slot on the console, and then blow out the large metal prong on the bottom of the game. Also try waiting a little bit, your nintendo might need to cool down.
After a long time n64 games fail to start up on most attempts, so keep trying, it will start up eventually.

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You can usually find them on Ebay for fairly cheap

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