I recently started playing my N64 again, and the first thing that pops up when I try to play any game is "Controller Pak Abnormality." It then asks me if I want to "Recover? (data loss possible)." I click on that and it does nothing. I can play my games, but it won't let me save the game on my memory cards. Everything is lost when I turn my N64 back on. Do I need a different controller? Do I need some sort of expansion pak? I have 2 memory cards and I don't think they are the problem. Please help because I can't figure it out.
The N64 Controller Pak does indeed have SRAM as you state, but SRAM _does_ require a battery to retain its contents. The battery in question is a standard CR2032 or "coin-cell". The only gotcha is that it is a PCB mount variety, with the legs already attached to the battery casing. I'm currently looking for a replacement myself... farnell may have them but I need to check the footprint...
Freshspamm, The controller paks refers to the memory cards. Like many older games, the memory cards have lost most of the data it was saving due battery age issues. The only solution is the start the games over from the start and maybe invest in new memory cards. Sorry for the data lose.
Try cleaning the contacts on the cotroller pak it. Look up cleaning How to clean Cartridge Games on youtube. Wait thirty minutes and then try it again. It worked for me, when I was play one of my games, I had to repair data, but I did not loose anything. Controller pak do not have batteries they use SRAM, there is no batteries in there, and should last a long time. It does not need a constant electrical supply to store data. PS1, PS2 memory cards also use sram.
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Insert the Game Pak into the system. The Game Pak label should be facing the front of the Nintendo 64.
Make sure the Game Pak firmly clicks down into place.
Remove all accessories (with the exception of the N64 Expansion Pak) to see if the Game Pak works correctly without the accessory. If the game does work correctly once the accessory is removed, then the game pak and the accessory may not be compatible. Check the game pak instruction manual.
Check the instruction manual for the game to see if it requires any special accessories, such as the Expansion Pak, to operate.
Check the list of specific game issues to see if there are any known problems for the game you are playing.
Due to the age of the system, we no longer offer factory repairs directly from Nintendo. Please click here to find out what options are available for repair or replacement of your product.
Controller Error Messages (e.g. No Controller Detected) (See Below)
Controller Error Messages (e.g. No Controller Detected)
Make sure you are using all licensed accessories with your system. Make sure both the controller is licensed and any accessories you are using with the controller (Rumble Pak, Controller Pak) are licensed as well. Unlicensed products may not be fully compatible with our systems.
Slide the Power Switch on the control deck to the OFF position and unplug the controller. Plug the controller back in, making sure the controller-plug is firmly inserted into socket one (on the left front ofthe control deck). Slide the power switch on the control deck to the ON position.
If possible, try another controller in the left-hand port. If you have a second controller, repeat Steps 1 through 3. If the trouble disappears, the first controller may need to be replaced. For information on locating replacements for older products, please click here.
Character Won't Move or Moves on its Own
The most common cause of this problem is when the control stick on the controller is not in the neutral position when the N64 system is turned on. The neutral position is when the control stick is centered, as it is when you hold the controller while not touching the control stick. Recalibrate the Controller by using one of the following methods:
Turn the power off on the system. Make sure the control stick on the controller is in the neutral (center) position, and slide the power switch to the ON position. Be sure not to touch the control stick for the first few seconds.
During game play you can press the L+R+START simultaneously while the control stick on the controller is in a neutral (center) position.
Consult the Game Pak manual for information on the primary directional control for the game. Some game paks use the control pad rather than the control stick for character movement.
Try cleaning the controller (See Below).
If possible, try another controller in the left-hand port. If you have a second Controller, repeat Steps 1 through 3. If the trouble disappears, the first controller may need to be replaced. For information on locating replacements for older products, please click here..
N64 Sticky Buttons or Control Stick, or other controller problems
Try the following cleaning procedures:
Unplug the controller from the control deck.
Get a clean toothbrush (no toothpaste) and a cup of warm tap water (not too hot). Do NOT pour or submerge the controller in any type of liquid.
Slightly dip the toothbrush in the water (the toothbrush should not be dripping wet) and scrub the area of the controller around the buttons and control stick.
Work the bristles down around the sides of the buttons and the control stick.
After cleaning the controller, dry it off with a paper towel.
Let the controller air dry for at least a couple of hours.
Test the controller for proper response.
If possible, try another controller in the left-hand port. If you have a second controller, repeat Steps 1 through 7. If the trouble disappears, the first controller may need to be replaced. For information on locating replacements for older products, please click here.
Verify that only licensed accessories are being used with the system. Unlicensed products are not fully compatible with Nintendo systems, and may not work correctly.
Check the game pak manual or packaging to verify that the game is designed to be used with the N64 Transfer Pak.
Make sure the Game Boy game pak works properly in a Game Boy system. It may be a problem with the Game Boy game pak and not the Transfer Pak.
Verify that the game paks are inserted in both the control deck and the N64 Transfer Pak. If they are not, insert them and then turn the control deck power off and back on again.
Verify that the controller is plugged into the proper controller socket on the front of the control deck. If it is not, secure it and then press reset on your control deck.
Remove and re-insert the N64 Transfer Pak, making sure the pak is fully inserted into the bottom of the controller. If it is not, secure it and then press reset on the control deck.
If possible, try another controller. If the Transfer Pak works in another controller, it may be the controller that is having a problem. Check out controller troubleshooting (click here).
If the issue persists, the Transfer Pak may need to be replaced. For information on locating replacements for older products, please click here. Controller Pak
Deleting Saved Information From Controller Paks
Depending on the game you own, there are a couple of different ways to delete the saved information on a Controller Pak.
While turning on the Control Deck, hold down the START button on Controller #1. If the programmers utilized this feature, a Controller Pak menu should appear. This menu will allow you to view and delete the contents of the Controller Pak.
If the first option doesn't work, then the game pak will have a feature that can only be accessed from a game menu. For example, in Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey, you delete saved info from the Options screen.
To find out the specifics of how the Controller Pak works with a particular game, check the game's instruction manual.
For assistance with installing the Expansion Pak, click here.
Plug an N64 controller into the "Player 1" port on the Nintendo 64.
Place the N64 Controller Pack into the memory card slot on the Nintendo 64 controller.
Insert a Nintendo 64 game into the cartridge slot on the N64.
Hold down "Start" on the N64 controller.
Turn the Nintendo 64 on via the "Power" switch on the device. After the console loads, the Controller Pack menu will appear on the screen.
Release the "Start" button on the N64 controller.
Browse through the saves listed, using the N64 controller's directional pad.
Highlight the game you want to erase.
Select the "Delete" option. The pages that were occupied by the game save will be erased from the Controller Pack.
Repeat Steps 7 though 9 until you're finished erasing pages on the Controller Pak. Restart the N64 if you wish to play the game that was inserted into the device, or turn the Nintendo 64 off if you are done using the console.
The rumble pak is optional, all it does is shake the controller during gameplay. The expansion pak is required to play the game. It increases the Ram inside the console to 8MB. Some games its is optional, While others it is required. Donkey Kong 64, Perfect Dark, Starcraft 64,The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask all require it for all the feature to be accessable. There may be other games that use it but they do not require it for the most part
You dont actually save it to the gamepak (n64 memory card) it gets saved to the n64 cartridge via a transfer pack that plugs into where the memory goes into the controller then you can import your save with pokemon stadium into the n64 gamepack.
The Jumper Pack (JP) is a bypass for the expansion cartridge. You were supposed to turn off the equipment remove the JP and then use the expansion cartridge.
Your N64 Ram it's probably gone for good. Is either replace the RAM, which is hard to find or replace the N64. Sorry for that....