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Blank screen after installing new 72 pin connector

Today I installed a new 72 pin connector in my NES console. I put it all back together and the first three games I tried worked fine but then I put in another cartridge and the screen went this blank pink color. It has done that with every other game I've tried even the ones that worked before. I took my console apart again to see if I missed anything and it all looked good but it still doesn't work. Any ideas?

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  • bick32 Feb 07, 2009

    I have pretty much the same problem, only mine is totally black.

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2009

    Red screen - since replacement of NEW 72 pin connector

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2009

    dont know what to do mine is doing the same thing just with a white screen

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SOURCE: please help! NES problem, and it's not the 72 pin connector.

It sounds like the pins on the game or the 72 pin connector in the console is dirty. Nornally the game connectors get dirty and when you put it in the console that transfers the dirt to the 72 pin connector. You need to purchase a cleaning kit from your local gamestop or other such store. Do Not Use Alcohol to clean your games or the console.

Posted on Sep 02, 2008

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SOURCE: Opening up NES console

to my knowledge no, all screws on the NES are phillips screws.

However,

If you see some funny star shaped screws then you need what they call a gamebit. Check ebay. There are two sizes of "gamebit" so if you need the tool check you get the right one.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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SOURCE: I replaced the 72 pin

You may have damaged something on the board during the process. I suggest going over what you did, making sure the 72 pin connector is seated properly so the connection can be made cleanly, and if all else fails snag another one on ebay and try again...

Posted on Dec 04, 2008

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SOURCE: Oringal NES

take it apart and remove the new pin. Clen where the pin connects with brasso, and a soft cloth. Repeat untill you dont get any more black on the cloth. Then remove brasso residue with windex and soft cloth. Make sure it is very dry. Put the pin back on and put it back together. It should now work like a charm.

Posted on Mar 02, 2009

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SOURCE: NES in Black and white only...?!

I had the same problem but switching to an different TV fixed my problem.

Posted on Dec 05, 2009

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