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Novice user Hi, just bought a used n64 off ebay. Set it up though no instructions supplied. Red light on at front and ariel socket plugged in to back of tv, game inserted and all seems to be where it should though no picture on screen. Does it need to be tuned in? Haven't a clue what to do next.

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  • dcostalinda Aug 15, 2008

    i have also brought a n64 it also came with no instructions every thing is connected up correctly how ever when i turn it on a red light comes on the front and no matter what i do i cant get the light to change to green and im not getting no picture

  • lucylight Aug 16, 2008

    ihave the same promblem


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You need to dedicate a channel on the tv, then tune the tv in with nintendo whilst the red light is on.

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I dont know how to set it up

- 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 !)

Good luck ! :)

May 28, 2011 | Nintendo 64 Console

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I bought a N64. I have everything plugged in, but the N64 only has a red light, and the TV says no signal on every output.

I had an issue like this with my 14 year old N64 console so I tried a new expansion
pack in it and it worked again after that then. It could just be that.

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Hi, I'm looking for a little help. I've looked out my old NES Nintendo, plugged it in after a good 10+ years in storage, I've got the RF cable plugged into the RF jack socket on the back of the console and...

If you are using the RF cable you should be able to see video as long as you are on the right channel set from the RF cable, if that isn't working then just try plugging in the video cables and see if it is just the RF cable not working.

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first... i recommend u get a new AV connection for it... a nintendo 64 one or a gamecube one.. any one of those should work... and make sure u blow inside the opening where u put in the game and blow in the game too.. that might also be the case..

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Its fuzzy at the start and then resets over and over again

even though the adapters allow you to physically plug in the N64, the voltages/amps might be different. try to use a voltage converter, and please, don't let your N64 fry. 

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I just aquired a sega megadrive 2 with all leads but no instructions. can you tell me how to set it up please? Michael

First plug the power plug into the mega drive and turn it on (there should be a red light showing that the megadrive is on)

Plug RF lead into the back of the mega drive and TV and make sure the switch is set at the megadrive side and not the ariel side, if you have a switch.

Now turn off mega drive, put a game into the slot and and then turn the console on.

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You might have a dead N64 bro. Alot of quality games on that system too.

You can usually find them on Ebay for fairly cheap

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try using the cables instead of RFS's

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