I have been playing my NES for a really long time (almost constantly since 1998!) and throughout the years it has developed a few classic problems such as codes, "jail-bars", etc. However, recently, I went to play a little Tetris, and I absolutely could not get it to read the game, resulting in the flashing pink screen. I used every method I have learned throughout the years to get it working, all of which failed, (these methods included inserting many different games multiple times, bolwing on the connectors with difluoroethane--canned air, and several other methods). After trying for a couple hours, off and on, I opened the box and reflowed solder on any joints that appeared suspicious, still with no effect. I saw nothing else that looked suspicious. Could my game-pack socket be worn out? Could there be another issue I need to correct? What can I do to save it?
I've been doing a lot of research on console repair lately and I think it could be solved one of 2 ways. 1st you could probably get away without replacing the 72 pin connector ... you just need to manually tighten each pin. Go through with a hook or safety pin etc and pull each pin towards the center. It will loosen up again over time, but it will probably take another 8-10 years for that. Also, when you take it off the mobo, clean the area it connects to. Those connectors respond well to an initial scrubbing with an eraser followed up with the alcohol. 2nd your lockout chip may be malfunctioning. All it does is inhibit you, why not disable it? Lots of guides on the net to do this ex) http://www.raphnet.net/electronique/nes_mod/nes_mod_en.php
Hope this helps. BTW, I have the same TV/issue you do ... I'm curious if yours is still working, if you got your hands on any sort of manual/documentation and if you could share.
Ebay sells inexpensive new sockets that are supposed to not redevelop the problem. people often have luck with isopropyl alcohol wiped on the contacts with a q-tip, but if your socket is too far-gone it might just need replacement. given the number of contacts that need to be soldered, you can elect to have a lot of used game shops do the switch for you, but i'm not sure what they charge.
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If you're playing on an original console, it is unfortunately not surprising that these things are happening. The SNES is quite an old system by now, and the internal components that it was made with were not really built to withstand 20+ years of wear-and-tear. There are people that will rebuild and repair consoles for you, but it is often more cost-efficient to buy a new system. I have seen an original SNES at many used game stores, some even for $20. As much as it sucks, those things just weren't built to last forever, and being that you tried multiple controllers and multiple games, the only conclusion I can draw is that some internal component is no longer working.
The NES is touchy like that, sadly-- your problem isn't uncommon. My NES, and the NES of nearly every friend I have who still owns one, plays this little trick on them from time to time. Here's what we do:
1. Turn off the NES console. 2. Blow into bottom of the game, near the chip that connects to the NES. 3. Wipe away any excess dust from the game itself. 4. Blow into the console of the NES. 5. Wipe away any excess dust. 6. Re-insert the game and try again.
If this doesn't work, try placing the game in more delicately, or with more force. It's just a matter of trial and error, and sometimes it will work faster than others. Hope this helped!
The nes does this to stop people from playing pirated games, but it can also be because the game cartridge or console is dirty. Try cleaning inside the game cartridge with a cotton bud dipped in a cleaning product of some kind. it mostly works for me!
a 'front load' nes ALWAYS does this, even if the connector pins inside the console are new. the cartriges on a Front Load nes rarely completely seat, as Nintendo redesigned the Famicom very poorly for the US market.
1. put the cart in as usual, but hold it all the way down
2. slip an unwanted/extra cart in on top of the metal hoop above the cart your using.
this gives a better contact for the cart.
try cleaning the cartrige pins as well. some won't read right if there's ANYTHING on the pins.