Question about Nintendo Super NES Console
The pinned connector in the console is dirty, as are the contacts on the games. Pins or tabs are made of brass, which corrodes over time. liberal cleaning is necessary to get them in good shape again. Rubbing alcohol and a q tip works pretty well at cleaning them. Dip one end of a q tip into the alcohol, and rub away on the contacts on the game cartridge. You'll see quite a bit of black crud develop on the q tip. Then, wipe it down with dry end. Grab another q tip and repeat. Then do it again. However many times are necessary for the tabs to be shiny, and the q tips to come up clean. THEN you take a dry q tip and do your best to polish up the tabs with it, rubbing in an up and down motion. You'll find that even more crud comes off after a rigorous polishing. As for the pinned connector in the console, you'll need a clean toothbrush dipped in alcohol, and scrub the daylights out of it! Its going to be really hard to judge whether or not the connector in the console is clean, so you may want to get a flashlight and a magnifying glass to inspect the tabs. Take a business card and fold it in half (paper works to if folded three times) and while the connector is still wet with alcohol, insert it in between the connectors and try to get the excess alcohol out while gently rubbing the pins. pieces of paper can get caught in there, so beware, you'll probably have to blow the lil pieces out, or let your toothbrush dry, and use that to get them out. This is a very tedious task. If the problem persists, you'll need to get an snes screwdriver and new connector (all over ebay), and just replace the connector. Be sure to clean your games regularly, AND ONLY USE ALCOHOL and cotton tipped q tips. Anything else will remove too much of the brass tabs, and you will ruin your games
**while I don't recommend this, it is possible to take a very fine grain sandpaper, say 1500-2000grit, and use that to sand the connector in the console, It will remove material, but will make it work again in most cases. But be warned, once it gets dirty again after such a procedure, the connector will need to be replaced, as it will most likely be damaged beyond repair**
Posted on Oct 29, 2008
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