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Problem with NES

I just received today, a nintendo --i purchased it off ebay and the item description said 'guaranteed to work'-i screwed the rf switch into the back of my tv, and then plugged the other end into the nintendo- i plugged in the power supply cord into a surge protector-- i took my cable cord and screwed that into the end of the rf swtich- i turned the power on, and the light didnt come on-- i dont know what else to do, but its kind of annoying since i've been waiting forever to get one of these--

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  • jcurina Oct 20, 2007

    i already figured out the problem -- i just had to change the AC adaptor luckily i had a spare one kickin' around the house- thanks though!!

  • hitb Jul 23, 2008

    i had the exact same problem today, just received my nes console off ebay and the description said 100% tested and working perfectly. and when i plug everything in the light on the console does not come on. really frustrating. im guessing its a problem with the av cable. does anyone know if there is a replacement cord i could use from a different console? please help me if you know a way to fix it.



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Check on the back of the nintendo system if it is on same channel as tv, little switch is on the back next to the power cord. channel 3 and nintendo system channel 3

If that doesn't work your cable is not properly connected, You can't use both rf switch and av cable. It one or the other. rf connect in the back and to coax cable. Av cable connect on the right side of the system and front input on tv..

Make sure your games are clean also. Good Luck.

Posted on Jan 19, 2008

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I got a nes for free from a family friend it hasent been used it in years i got a game for it i put it in pushed it down then i did it again originally doing this it would come right back up but it does'nt now i dont know what to do if anybody knows what the problem is let me know i'll check this site back in a few hours thanks!!

Posted on Jan 16, 2008

  • lesnar442 May 15, 2008

    i think you may have a problem with your 72 pin connector you can usaully pick one up for ten dollers on ebay brand new




Posted on Dec 16, 2007

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Today my Nes has a problem with color. I plugged the Rf switch to my tv and plugged the AC adapter right. AND the audio and video cables too. I put agame on with the right channel, sound works but wears the picture!!!!!!!

Posted on Dec 16, 2007

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RF?>? got a new 72 pin nintendo system off ebay

Ok to begin its quite possible you have been scammed and given a broken console to which you should try to get a refund.
First be sure everything is securely in place Better Safe then Sorry
Second make sure that you are on the right channel usually Channel 3 or 4 but i would recommended checking the Switch itself for that information
If this doesn't work try cleaning your Cartridge with a Cotton Swab and windex 1 Get a small cup to spray the windex onto 2 Dip one end of the Swab in the windex 3 Carefully Clean the Connectors on the Cart with the Windex Side 4 Dry off the Cart with the Dry side or another Swab if yours only have one side 5 Plug it in and see if it runs
Its Also Possible that your RF connector simply doesn't work with the Nes you can find a replacement here
If all else fails you can try Repairing it which is no my real area of knowledge
You can Find one guide here
If that doesn't work and your willing to spend a good 30 dollars you can get it repaired here
Well i hope this helps and happy gaming

Feb 28, 2011 | Nintendo NES Console

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Nothing happening when hit power button....

If you are SURE you have hooked it up correctly, and it sounds like you have, be sure you have it plugged in a outlet that you know that works. You shiuld see the power light come on after turning it on. If it still doesnt work, you have to contact ebay or the person you bought it from for a return.If you need help dealing with Ebay please let me know, ive had to do it b4. Here are detailed instructions and the Service dept number for NES Connecting the NES Control Deck to your TV set There are two alternative methods of connecting the NES Control Deck to your TV set, depending on your type of TV: EITHER: (1) Using the Audio/Video Cable; OR: (2) Using the RF Switch and Converters. Make sure that you are not trying to use both the RF Switch and the Audio/ Video Cable: only one is required. First, compare your TV with the following illustrations (1), (2)(i) and (2) (ii) to determind which method you should use, (1) or (2). If you have a VCR connected to your TV, see below. --- (1) Using the Audio/Video Cable (Note! If your TV does not have direct audio/video connections, proceed directly to Method (2) "using the RF Switch and Converters".) Control Deck Back of TV Set (or VCR) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Video-out jack Video-in jack --- Audio/video cable --- Audio-out jack Audio-in jack Note! Color coding of TV connections may differ from that of audio/video cable and Control Deck. Nintendo recommends against using a rear projection television with your NES as image retention on the screen may occur. To facilitate connection to video recorders, etc., many TVs have special audio/video input jacks. If your TV has such a jack, connect the audio/video cable supplied with the NES between the audio/video out jacks on the NES Control Deck and the audio/video in jacks on your TV set, and then flick the switch located on your TV that changes the TV from antenna reception to direct audio/video input. When you use the audio/video cable to connect the NES to your TV, there is no need to use the RF switch or converters, or to touch the antenna on the back of your TV. For more information on direct audio/video hookups to your TV, consult your TV Operation Manual. --- (2) Using the RF Switch and Converters (compatible with most TVs) (i) If your TV has TWO SCREWS FOR VHF antenna connection, connect the RF switch and NES as shown below. If your TV has a VHF cable connector, please see below. (Note: The existing antenna/cable to the TV should be first disconnected from the TV and then reconnected to the RF Switch. This will allow the signal from the antenna/cable to reach the TV when the NES is turned off.) Rear of Control Deck --- RF Switch -- 75/300 ohm converter -- VHF Screws --- (ii) If your TV has a VHF CABLE CONNECTOR connect the RF switch and NES as shown below. (Note: The existing antenna/cable to the TV should be first disconnected from the TV and then reconnected to the RF Switch. This will allow the signal from the antenna/cable to reach the TV when the NES is turned off.) Rear of Control Deck --- RF Switch --- VHF Cable Connector Note: if a VCR is already connected between the antenna and the VHF terminals on the back of your TV set, the RF Switch MUST be installed BETWEEN the VCR and the TV as shown below: (Refer to the illustrations above for your type of TV connection.) With this hook-up you are still able to record TV programs while using the NES. Antenna -- VHF in (From Antenna) VHF out (on VCR, to TV) -- RF Switch -- TV RF Switch -- Control Deck --- Connecting your NES Components. - Connecting the AC adapter to the control deck Insert the AC adapter power plug into the AC adapter jack on the back of the Control Deck. - Connecting the controllers to the control deck Both controllers are identical and may be connected to either controller socket. However, the controller connected to controller socket 1 becomes Controller 1, and the controller connected to controller socket 2 becomes Controller 2. The distinction is important when selecting and starting games, since only Controller 1 is used to select and start games. NOTE: Do not insert or remove controllers from control deck during gameplay as this may cause game malfunction. --- Operating your NES - To Start Play 1. Turn your television on to Channel 3. (Note: If Channel 3 is broadcasting in your area and interfering with the game, set the television and the switch on the back of the Control Deck to Channel 4.) 2. If your TV has an automatic fine tuning control (AFC), turn it off. (Use the manual fine tune dial to adjust the picture after inserting the game pak as described below.) 3. Make sure that the power switch on the Control Deck of off. Caution!! Always make sure that the power switch on the control deck is off before inserting or removing a game pak!! Always check the game pak edge connector for foreign material before inserting the game pak into the control deck!! 4. Open the Chamber Lid on the Control Deck. Insert a Game Pak into the Chamber (label facing up) and push it all the way in. Press down on the Game Pak until it locks into place and close the Chamber Lid. 5. Turn on the power switch of the NES Control Deck and push the reset button. Note: If the "reinsert" indicator light on the front of the Control Deck is flashing, it means that the game pak is not loaded correctly. In this case, turn off the Control Deck power switch and start over from step 4. Note: When the game pak is inserted properly, a colorful game display should appear on the TV screen. If it does not, or the picture is imperfect, turn the Control Deck power switch off and then on again, and press the reset button. 6. Use the Select button on Controller 1 to select the game you want to play, and start the game with the Start button on Controller 1. Note: If you experience any problems in operating your NES, please do not hesitate to call Nintendo's Consumer Service Department, toll free, at 1-800-422-2602.

Sep 17, 2007 | Nintendo NES Console

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Can i hook up a nintendo nes without rf switch and existing cable

There is a multi output on next to the rf cable input. It can go to an rca and hook up like you would with any modern video game console. If you don't have one, you can purchase one here.

Hope this helps : )

Dec 30, 2010 | Nintendo Super NES Console

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My SNES works but the image is screwed up. I can see and hear the game but the image is all distorted/pixely. I have tried numerous rf and a/v cables but the problem always remains. Anyone have any ideas...

Well i have head a glitch problem with my normal nintendo console so I decided to clean out the gamepacks with qutips and rubbing alcohal and it worked again after that. The bad news is that there might be a problem with the circut boards that would have to be fixed by taking apart the machine to see which piece is causing this problem or it might just be the RF switch or the av cables a simple problem sometimes can show up and they are easy to fix easy problems. But I know on how to take a super NES console apart there are 6 special screws that you need a special screw driver to take them apart.
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Dec 07, 2010 | Nintendo Super NES Console

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Ive just bought an nintendo off ebay. ive got the console itself the power cable and the tv ariel i switch it on and i can see the game is on but very badly barley like very fuzzy can someone help me...

Well it might be the rf switch that is causing the problem so buy a new rf switch and remember if only works on channel 4 or channel 3 then rf switch.

Oct 22, 2010 | Nintendo NES Console

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Not so sure, I still have mine, but it is messed up. What I did is i went out and bought a FC Twin. Its a system that can play NES and SNES games. It is so cool and easier. You could try to get an FC Twin or go online and buy a new cord. Hope that helps.

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Bad picture with Sega Genesis model 1

Taking your problem in a whole new direction, why don't you try purchasing an 8 or 9-pin (depending on the type of Genesis you have) DIN RCA cable. This will improve picture and sound, and you won't have to worry about malfunctioning RF converters. Your problem sounds like the RF adapters are inadequate.

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i had the same problem, and it was the rf unit itself. to resolve this problem i went to radio shack and purchased a special connecter. one side is an rca (male) to rf (female). when attached to a standard peice of cable wire, it acts as an rf unit. Also works with the sega genesis. hope that helped

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Okay, what I would try is hooking up the snes using the n64 cable. right next to the rf slot in the back of the super nintendo is a slot thats the same video output as the n64 you can plug in the rca cables from it and see if they work

Feb 27, 2009 | Nintendo Super NES Console

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