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Snes wont work

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I have a snes.all the wires are in working order and the television is tuned in correctly but when i insert a game in and press power on there is a black screen.the games wont work.

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  • Anonymous Nov 13, 2007

    I have the exact same problem. Just a black screen and no display. When I first power on the system the screen will briefly turn a dark red color but then goes to all black. This is all in excellent condition and everything is connected properly, game is clean, etc. Reset does nothing either.

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2008

    Very similar problem. I'm trying to attached to a new(ish) LCD TV. When the SNES is switched on most of the channels just have snowflakes, one or two channels display a black screen but return to snow when the SNES is switched off. Just as a thought are the games liable to "die" if not used for several years ? The TV must be getting something to display a black screen when the SNES is on.



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How did you clean the game? Certain "surefire" ways may actually damage the game.

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Well to clean out the gamepacks use qutips and rubbing alcohal then. Or there might be a loose or broken connection with the console somwwhere inside of it.

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