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NES in Black and white only...?!

My wife got me an original NES for Xmas - the only problem is that it outputs video only in black and white. This happens for all games, with the RF connector or with RCA jacks, multiple cords were tried, fiddled with, etc. I can't get ANY color to appear at any time. Tried with multiple TVs, too. It's definitely the NES. It's a refurbished system with a new 72-pin connector.

Can anyone pin this problem down and offer a solution?

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  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    I have the same problem. I have a new 72 pin connector (becouse I thought that was the problem) and my nes only outputs black and white. The games work fine, i tried multiple cables and a few tv's... Does anyone know what the problem could be (a solution would be even better)?




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

Posted on Dec 05, 2009

  • sandy357 Dec 05, 2009

    This is from the Manual....

    Symptom - Game playfield is on screen, but picture is fuzzy, has no color or
    has snow in it.

    - Make sure that the antenna is connected to the RF switch properly and that
    the RF switch is connected to the TV. (Refer to "Connecting the NES Control
    Deck to your TV set".)
    - Adjust the fine-tune and contrast controls on your TV to receive the
    clearest picture possible.
    - If your TV has an automatic fine-tuning control (AFC), turn it off and use
    the manual fine-tuning control to get a better picture. (If your TV loses
    its color when the AFC is off, turn it back on.)
    - If the Control Deck is too close to the television, the Control Deck may
    cause some interference. Try moving the Control Deck farther from the TV.
    - If there is interference on Channel 3, change the Channel 3/Channel 4 switch
    on your control deck to Channel 4 and set your TV to Channel 4.
    - A particularly strong television station may be broadcasting on Channel 3
    or 4 (or on cable TV) in your area and causing interference. Try disconnect-
    ing the antenna wire from the RF switch. (You will have to reconnect it
    again for regular television viewing.)


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My system has done that a couple times. Not sure what the problem was, but changing the channel in back to "4" and restarting the system would show the game in color (turn TV to 4), then switching everything back to channel "3" everything was fine again. This has worked on several occasions, again not sure why.

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Thats quite a odd issue, and I have never heard or seen a case such as this. Maybe your color balance chip is fried? NES is a 20+ year old system, so I wouldn't doubt the NES may have more issues then just a lockout chip error or a new pin connector.

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