My wife got her old n64 back and when we hooked it up the red power light comes on and nothing else it is hooked into a vcr because we cant hook it into the tv directly im not sure that the game console is even running
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Upon looking up your tv I realize it has no composite (yellow, red, white) input. Without that you can not hook up your N64. There are other options though. You could buy an RF adapter for the N64 (Gamecube, Super Nintendo, and N64 cables are the same) but by doing so you will lower the picture quality a bit. Or you can buy a component to composite converter (like this but if you shop around you could probably find a better one for cheaper http://www.amazon.com/Component-Composite-w-Down-Scaling/dp/B003FJKHBU ) Lastly if you have a DVD player or VCR that has component cables you could hook that up to your tv and then hook the N64 into it. Good luck!
Bring the console in to Gamestop or Rock30 Games and have them hook it up to their setup and see if it works. They buy sell and trade n64 games and will have a n64 system already set up at the store. Just switch your console and cables with theirs until you find out what is not working for you.
Well if the red light is flickering then it might be a bad ac adapter so you could buy a new ac adapter to see if it works then. Or bad capacitor inside of the console oe or the other. It might be time to buy a new N64 console.
- First you need a rather old TV, like maybe before 2002, if you have one. Because on newer TVs N64 graphics are terrible !
- Once you have your TV, check to see if you have two cables with your 64 (if you don't something is missing !). One shaped like a little box on one end and an electrical plug on the other : you hook up the little box to your N64 and plug the device in the nearest power socket. The other cable has a a strange black and rectangular input that hook up in your N64 and 3 sockets that are red, yellow and white. Connect the latter on your TV by finding the same sockets with the same colours !
- Connect your controller to the console (it's the round-ish sockets in front of it)
- insert your game
- THEN turn on your console. Don't turn it on unless everything hooked up !
(if it doesn't work you may want to try the famous turn-off-the-console-blow-into-the-cartridge-put-it-back-and-try-turning-your-N64-again trick !)
It appears that your power supply is fine (you still get a power light) however your internal game board has a problem. I realize you said that you have eliminated all the other components (very smart process of elimination) so the only thing that has not been swapped is the console itself. I think you've already come to the conclusion that the N64 needs to be repaired, and you just need to hear it from someone else. Unfortunately, the console needs to be repaired. Again, you did a great job isolating the problem, so you've done all the hard work.
Okay here are a couple of options for connection of your 64 to your tv. Connect your 64 as usual to the input RCA on the vcr. I am assuming that you are using the coaxial cable to connect the vcr and tv together,place your tv in either channel 3 or 4 to tune to the vcr channel. Power on your vcr and your 64 you may have to select the source on your vcr to get the 64 signal but you should be able to now use the 64
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.
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