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  • I think that you need a CRT TV in order for your Nintendo 64 console to work the old console don't work with the newer TV's.

Nintendo 64... • Answered on Jan 17, 2021


I am assuming that you are very familiar with electronic circuitry and components, use of a DVM and a soldering iron. In the absence of a schematic diagram, and since you have perform initial voltage checks, perhaps you can wing it. Your "brick" will have to follow the basic design of an SMPS (switch mode power supply). Simply stated,an SMPS is an AC to DC to high freq AC then to lo V DC converter. Per your post, you have checked that there is DC (B+) from the AC mains, then what is needed is to check if there is oscillation to produce the high freq AC. Often design calls for an optical coupler, a small rectangular looking component with four pins, two at each end. This is nothing more than a LED and a Light Dependent transistor. Its function is to switch/trigger on the oscillation (and therefore start the SMPS producing the lo B+s).

Again, since there is no readily available schematic diagram, might I suggest that you post back the part numbers of the ICs and transistors. What we can do is pull out their spec/data sheets and/or application diagrams. Such would give us a general idea of the working voltages at what pins and what each component is supposed to do. Example, let us say your power supply uses a 817A/0635 opti coupler and/or an SG5841DZ controller IC, then we can search for them as initially described.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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Nintendo 64... • Answered on Dec 03, 2019

China has been producing rip offs of some of the most expensive game cartridges. Check for logos on the back of the cartridges in the images to make sure what you're buying is legit. Especially if it's a pricier game like Conker's bad fur day.

on May 07, 2019 • Nintendo 64 Console


Have you tried cleaning the cartridge with a cotton swab? Sometimes dust collects on cartridges and they tend to need cleaning.

Nintendo 64... • Answered on May 07, 2019

Well it means that the game pack was not made to work on this console at the time it is not companle with Pokemon yellow so you could try and see if it will work on a wii or wii u console. If it works with the game boy advance sp then that's fine for that system then not for the N64 console sorry Pokemon stadium 2 was not made at that time.

Nintendo 64... • Answered on Nov 21, 2017

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. If you need further help, I’m available over the phone at https://www.6ya.com/expert/reginald_bec291de192ca44f

Nintendo 64... • Answered on Jul 08, 2017

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Nintendo 64... • Answered on Jun 19, 2017

The Extension Port is what Nintendo names the ports placed on their consoles allowing for connectivity to either other systems, or peripherals that were released after the fact.
EXT named ports can be found on many Nintendo consoles, such as the Game Boy, the Super Nintendo, the Virtual Boy, the Nintendo 64, and even the GameCube.

The EXTension port on the Nintendo 64 game console, is found on its bottom side. It reads "EXT." and stands for extension. It is a cartridge drive but with a slightly different interface than the one above on the main deck. It has the same number of pins as the main cartridge slot and the same data transfer speed. The special Pokémon Nintendo 64 lacked this extension port, probably because at that point Nintendo knew there was no use for it. While the most popular of uses was the 64DD, other companies found uses for the Extension port, primarily for piracy, though the hardware was originally intended for, and used by some companies, as an inexpensive N64 development device, or even just to quickly develop a product demo.
When not in use, it is covered by a plastic cap, which one has to remove before installing the 64DD under it.

[edit] 64DD Main article: Nintendo 64DD The 64DD is a unit that was used for expanding games for the N64 unit.

[edit] Doctor V64 Main article: Doctor V64 The Doctor V64 is a unit that attaches to the bottom of the N64, that loads Nintendo 64 ROMs via an attached CD-ROM drive.

[edit] CD64 Main article: CD64 (Nintendo) The CD64 also attaches to the bottom of the N64 and runs ROM files via a CD-ROM. It had the ability to manage games a save files via PC connectivity (parallel port). The CD64 also had the added feature of having a GameShark-like program that could be used to cheat.

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Nintendo 64... • Answered on May 13, 2017

Nintendo 64 - Blank Screen Troubleshooting Quick Tip: If your system is connected using AV cables and you cannot see the game on your screen, it is likely all you need to find is the input select on your TV or VCR. Link here for help.
  1. Make sure your system is hooked up correctly. This is the number one reason for a blank screen. To ensure all hookup connections are firm and correct, remove the AV cables and reinsert them with a slight twisting motion (this will help fully seat the connections). For more information about connecting the system, check the following hookup steps:
  2. Make sure you are using all licensed accessories with your system. Unlicensed products are not fully compatible with Nintendo systems and may not work correctly.
  3. Make sure the system has power. If you don't see the red power light when you turn your system on, go to the No Power Lightinstructions.
  4. Slide the Power Switch on the Control Deck to the OFF position. Remove the Game Pak and re-load it, pressing firmly to ensure it is locked in place. Slide the Power Switch on the Control Deck to the ON position. (Inserting the game with the Power ON will result in a blank screen.)
  5. Check under the Memory Expansion door (on the top of the Control Deck) to verify that the Jumper Pak or Expansion Pak is still inserted. If one is not inserted, slide the Power Switch to the OFF position, insert the Jumper Pak or Expansion Pak and slide the Power Switch to the ON position. Simply pressing reset will not solve the problem. You must turn the power off and then back on.
If the above steps do not resolve the problem you are experiencing, there may be a problem in one of your hookup cables and not your system. Try purchasing a new connection cable (how to buy replacement parts). You can also try borrowing the cable from a friend to see if it solves your problem before purchasing a new item. If this does not resolve the problem you are experiencing with your system, your system may need to be replaced. For more information on what options are available, please click here.

Nintendo 64... • Answered on Nov 15, 2016

Well one time I had this problem with my Nintendo 64 console when I was in the middle of playing perfect dark the screen had froze went black and then it went to saying no signal on the tv screen. The console did not over heat to cause this problem. I thought that it had died on me but I had tried a new expansion pack and it was fine after that. SOmetimes the expansion packs can blank out in the middle of a game play they can die without a warning then. Or it can say expansion pack needed or it will give the white flash that it is turning on but nothing happens after that then.

Nintendo 64... • Answered on May 03, 2016

I used to have a Phillips CRT TV from 1986 and it did not have the 3 colours red yellow and white on it to plug in the RCA jacks for my Nintendo 64 console. It was plugged into a vcr for it to work. Or you can buy the Rd switch piece for your console http://www.lukiegames.com/N64-Gamecube-RF-Modulator-Nintendo it is an old TV that did not have those parts to it yet 1994 and older will not have them then.

Nintendo 64... • Answered on Feb 23, 2016

Donkey Kong 64 was one of only three Nintendo 64 games to require the Expansion Pak (the others being The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Perfect Dark), which provides 4 MB more RAM for enhanced graphics and more expansive environments, as well as to fix a game-breaking bug.We don't think that you can play this game with no expansion pack. I have tried to play perfect dark with no expansion pack and it was not all there then.

Nintendo 64... • Answered on Dec 10, 2015

Well try leaning the gamepacks out with qutips and rubbing alchoal and buy new games to see if they work too. Im guessing that the mem cart that loads up the games in the console might be wearingout too. logo.png

Nintendo 64... • Answered on Feb 13, 2015

Have you tried changing the "input" setting on your TV to "Audio/Video"?

Nintendo 64... • Answered on Dec 30, 2014

Well the software for the system is bad and it needs new processing software and it has a short in it then. Like a loose wire inside of the console.

Nintendo 64... • Answered on Dec 21, 2014

(at this point i think the guy solved the problem, but i'll post this for anyone with the same problem)


I have (hopefully "had") the same problem.

A few months ago I opened my N64 and cleaned it all, and that wans't the solution because it keeped restarting. Today i decided to open it and remove all metal protections (they're supposed to protect the motherboard against any liquids) and right now is working like the old days, it's been on about 2 hours and it has not restarted yet, at this point i'm sure the console was overheating.

Note that if you remove these metal protections you need to be more careful with your console because the motherboard won't be protected anymore against liquids.

Remember that these days no one is giving you even 10 dollars for your N64, so you can open it fearless... even you can't ruin it anymore ;)

Good luck!

Nintendo 64... • Answered on Nov 11, 2014

Do you have the expansion block? It sits in under the cover in front of the game cartridge slot, pop that open and check to see if there's a red or black block taking up the space underneath (if there's a hole there then you havn't got one), gently ply it out with a flat head screwdriver, then maybe get a cotton swab or a something small and soft to rub against the contacts to clean it. Also use a vacuum inside the cartidge slot to make sure you can get rid of as much dirt as possible.

Apart from this I don't think there's much you can do, unless you want to open it up and find the bigger problem, though there are few if any user replaceable parts inside.

Nintendo 64... • Answered on Aug 06, 2014

Well it sounds like that the console might of had died on you guys so my best bet would be it is time to buy a new one. You could try a new ac adapter to see if it makes a difference then.

Nintendo 64... • Answered on Aug 06, 2014

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