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N64 red light turns on but no sound or video onscreen

I had all the AV in correctly and a game in. I turned on and the little red light came on but nothing on the screen and no sound

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    weasel699 Jan 01, 2013

    so i found my brother's n65 and it wont run either..same thing power light comes on but not pic or sound i even tryed hooking directly up to the tv and vcr since i was useing one of those boxes with the multi av hookups on it and still nothing. even tryed the Gc's av cord and nothing..the cord works because it runs the Gc

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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.

  1. 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:
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Lightinstructions.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.

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SOURCE: N64 light comes on, but nothing comes on screen

Make sure that the game you are trying to play is free of dust and other obstructions.  I know that the label on the back of the game says that you should never blow on the edge connector, but it doesn't harm the game. (Trust me I've been cleaning the connectors for years now, and it hasn't been damaged.  After you throughly rid the game of dust, do the same with the edge connector on the N64.  Simply hold the opening open and blow the dust out.  This should work.   Please give feedback!! Hope this helps!!  

Posted on Apr 16, 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: N64 turns on but nothing shows up on the TV

I have the same problem and from what I've read elsewhere on the net, it seems to be easily amendable by one of two solutions.

- You can re-tune a channel on your TV (not one of the main ones) and it will find the frequency for your N64 to run on

- If you had a gamecube the yellow, red and white output cables that came with that are (apparently) compatible with both the N64 and SNES and that way you wont have to tune your TV.

Unfortunately for me, I did not have a GC and my TV will not re-tune due to the button on the controller not working! Good luck.

Posted on Feb 12, 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

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your chords are not hook up.

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