Hello, I recently purchased a refurbished NES off of eBay. The system was installed with a new 72-pin connector. The games load fine; however, the controllers don't work. The buttons aren't stuck or anything like that.....they seem to press in just fine, but the system acts as if there isn't controller at all. I have tried both controllers that came with the system, and have made sure they are fully plugged into port 1.
Not sure if this helps, but when I jiggle the end of the controller cord that plugs into the portal (pulling it out and pushing it back in), it sometimes acts as if I have pressed the 'start' button. However, regardless of how far I push in the cord, the controller itself still doesn't work.
Please let me kn0w if you have any suggestions. Thanks for your help! -- Rob (email@example.com)
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Secret trick: take NES cartridge, press cartridge down and waggle the cartridge inside the NES and then hold the NES down and shove the cartridge onto the pins. An alternate solution is to take a Q tip, dip it in rubbing alcohol and clean out all the dust inside your game.
The NES is touchy like that, sadly-- your problem isn't uncommon. My NES, and the NES of nearly every friend I have who still owns one, plays this little trick on them from time to time. Here's what we do:
1. Turn off the NES console. 2. Blow into bottom of the game, near the chip that connects to the NES. 3. Wipe away any excess dust from the game itself. 4. Blow into the console of the NES. 5. Wipe away any excess dust. 6. Re-insert the game and try again.
If this doesn't work, try placing the game in more delicately, or with more force. It's just a matter of trial and error, and sometimes it will work faster than others. Hope this helped!
You may have to face the possibility that the NES internal graphics card is old and now irreparably damaged. Unless you can procure and install another one, then the console may just be on its last legs
Did you replace the 72 pin connector while it was apart? This is the number 1 reason for NES to fail to load or flash. A brief search of "72 pin connector" on eBay should net you a new connector for about $5 US. If you have already done this, and the problem is really bad then recheck your work and make sure everything is connected tight. Also consider that allot of nes games were not taken care of very well, so if the problem is specific to a couple cartridges, consider cleaning them as they are probably not connecting well. Good luck.
You may have damaged something on the board during the process. I suggest going over what you did, making sure the 72 pin connector is seated properly so the connection can be made cleanly, and if all else fails snag another one on ebay and try again...
Make sure your tv is set to the correct input mode. Also, if the power light is flashing with a game in it's because the 72 pin connector for the games in the console is dirty and worn out. You need to install a new one AND clean your games. Dirty games will just transfer dirt to the new connector.
It's as simple as unscrewing the console by removing all the screws from the bottom. Once inside take off the metal piece over the area where the game is inserted. Once under there you can remove the two screws that hold the 72 pin connector in and pull it out and slip a new one in. Put it back together in reverse.
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.