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New gaming parents need help!!! Varied ?'s about Nintendo 64 PLEASE!

We got a Nin64 console, etc. off ebay...games/controllers too...from varied sellers...having loads of trouble getting anything to work.  Screen often says "reading signal" but nothing comes up.  IF a game appears on screen, that cartridge may work, but the others do not.  Then, when trying the original one that had worked once before, it will not come up again.  It's hard to determine what elements are even working or are in error (console?  controller(s)?  cartridge(s)??  What to do???  Are 64's really this fickle?  It seems improbable that there would be so many "not working" elements from several different sources...
Oh...and is there "upgrade" or extra memory cards for the 64?  Do certain games require upgrades on the console to play?
We are pathetically new parents to this, just trying to gift our 8yr. old for his birthday...Please help!

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  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2008

    My sons Nintendo 64 stop working for no reason, it turns on but is just a black screen on the TV. What can I do? Please help.

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I can only suggest cleaning the terminals were the cartridge goes with a very thin ruler and a thin cloth over the end.

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