Yesterday I received my nes nintendo off ebay. I plugged everything up correctly and was ready to turn on the tv and play with my old school nintendo. Problem, I was unable to figure out how to get my channel 3 or 4 to show the game. I have a fairly new tv with directv. I tried switching off the satellite and changing the channels, but couldn?t figure out how to get the tv to show the game. The power button on the nintendo showed that it did have power. Anyone have suggestions?
Are you using a/v (audio/video cables with rca ends), or direct to cable input on t v.? if direct to t v, did you check ch switch on back of system deck? otherwise is t v programmed for the correct INPUT. T V, AV1. AV2. OR AV3?
ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH OLD NES IS YOU MUST CLEAN THE GAME EVERYTIME YOU INSERT IT. TO CLEAN MIX ALCOHOL/WATER 1-1 AND USE QTIP. RUN IT UP AND DOWN BOTH SIDES OF CONTACTS. IT WILL DRY RIGHTAWAY.
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Locate the TV's VHF IN [ANT, CATV, or 75(ohm)] or Cable Connector. Disconnect the existing cable wire from the TV's VHF IN. Connect the short, thick wire from the RF Switch (labeled ANT) to your TV's VHF IN. Reconnect the existing cable wire (disconnected in step 2) to the silver post labeled ANT on the RF switch. Connect the thin wire of the RF Switch (labeled Control Deck) to the back of the Super NES (labled RF Out). On the back of the Super NES, set the 3/4 switch so that it matches the channel of the TV. Note: The RF Switch does not produce stereo sound. To get stereo sound, connect your Control Deck to your TV or VCR using the Stereo Audio/Video Cable.
After the system is connected to the TV:
Insert the Game Pak firmly into the Control Deck. Plug the controller(s) into the front of the Control Deck. Use the far left port for a one player game. Plug the AC Adapter into the back of the Control Deck. Plug the other end of the cord into a wall outlet. Slide the Power Switch to the On position. Turn on the TV and set it to the appropriate channel (3 or 4.) The game image should now be displayed on the TV screen. You are ready to play! If after following these directions you are not able to view the game, try our Troubleshooting Tips.
If your screen shows a blurry image it can be a few possible things (and only these things).
1. The first and most obivous problem is being on the wrong channel - for example, if you are on Channel 3, but the switch on the back of your system is set to channel 4, you'll see a VERY fuzzy picture; simple switch to the other channel and it will come in clear.
2. Now...assuming you are on the correct channel, does your television receive other pictures clearly (for example if you change to a normal broadcasting station and it is still blurry, then it is a problem with your TV and not your NES system). Another way to test is to simply switch TVs and see if the same picture problem occurs.
If 1 and 2 are not the problem, them we know the problem is with your NES system and this should be an easy fix.
If you are using an RF Switch, then it is most likely the pin on either end of the switch has become bent (or was bent and now is bent back) and will no longer give a clear picture. The easiest way to test this is find a set of AV cables (any av cables - these are the red, white, and yellow cables that often hook DVD players to television). Find a set and just take one of those ends and connect it to the side of the NES system into the circle that says VIDEO and take the other end of that same color and put it into your TV into the circle that says VIDEO (note that the colors don't always match up on the newer TVs, just make sure that if you are using the yellow end of the AV cable and plug it into the video on the NES that you plug the other yellow end of the av cable into whatever color on the TV says VIDEO! Then change your tv to the cannel for that AV slot (usually AV 1 or INPUT 1). Turn the nintendo back on and see if the picture comes through clearly - if it does, it means you had a bad RF switch and you can either get a new one, or just use AV cables instead!
One of the above problems IS the problem - I've repaired over 1000 NES systems and 95% of the time it's just a bad RF switch (so the AV cable test works best)
Make sure everything's connected in the correct sockets. Turn the SNES on, change to one of the Analogue channels (one of the channels which you control with the TV remote) and start scanning for a signal. The RF cable has to be connected to the analogue port (where a TV aerial would plug in to get analogue channels) and the SNES needs to be switched on.
The alternative is to get a SCART-compatible cable that works with a Gamecube or an N64 and use it with the SNES, as Nintendo had the foresight to add an EXT port which'll let you play the SNES on an AV channel.
Check on the back of the nintendo system if it is on same channel as tv, little switch is on the back next to the power cord.
example..tv channel 3 and nintendo system channel 3
If that doesn't work your cable is not properly connected, You can't use both rf switch and av cable. It one or the other. rf connect in the back and to coax cable. Av cable connect on the right side of the system and front input on tv..