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SNES doesn't display?

I recently found my super nintendo, and figured I'd hook it up and play. So I found everything for it, plugged it into the wall and used the rf switch to plug it into the antenna/cable port on my TV. Mind you, I didn't have it plugged into a antenna/cable connection, so the antenna out doesn't have anything plugged into it. I hooked it all up and turned on the TV and lo and behold - nothing happened. Just a black screen, making no sounds or even attempts to work. The red light on the console came in just fine. So I take out the game, put in another. Nothing. I tried all the games I own and got a grand total of no success.

is there something I did wrong here?

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  • BlueBMW Jun 21, 2008

    I had a perfectly good working SNES that I hadn't played for at least 3 months. I reconnected it up and whenever i turn it on, the red light comes on, and my tv flickers for a split second and shows a blank screen. Doesn't matter if I use the multi out or if i use RF, same blank black screen. I cant figure out what would make a system suddenly not work. I've tried cleaning the system contacts and every game contact. Different games, different TVs, different video cables. Always just a black screen that flicks when you switch the system on or off (telling me its getting some sort of signal)

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    I had my SNES in storage for a few months and when I decided to play the screen on the tv was black. All of the connections are correct and I have cleaned the system several times and all the cartridges as well. I am wondering if its the 62-pin port.?

  • gary697 Feb 24, 2009

    Does anyone know if this was the cure for this fault do you know the board reference for the CIC chip



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The CIC chip, also known as lock out chip, may have gone bad. Here is a quote from a site I found.

"Every SNES control deck has a regional lockout chip (known as a CIC), as does every original SNES game cartridge. Before a game is loaded, the console will attempt to communicate with the CIC chip on the game cartridge. If the CIC chip doesn't respond or does not correspond with the consoles CIC, the console won't load the game. In most cases, a black screen is displayed."

Yea basically I am having the same prob with my system and I am trying to fix it. Ill let ya know if i figure it out

Posted on Jun 30, 2008

  • tquick Oct 26, 2010

    You can acutally disable the lock outs chips some how Iv am doing that on All of my consoles.



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