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Won't power on

I bought a nes off of ebay and it came with an AC adapter that's supposed to be for multi systems(nes, snes and genesis) and these AV cables. The red light won't come on and nothing happens on the screen is the console broken or could it be the hook ups?

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  • shebamaster Apr 21, 2009

    Solved my own problem, the AC adapter was faulty and I found one for the NES hooked up to my genesis, now I just need an AC adapter for the genesis...



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Well those 3 way adapters are bad news then use an offical NES ac adapter for ensured quality.
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It could be a NES power system failure, but it is most likely the AC adapter. It is "rare" that a NES red light will not power on with a working AC adapter. I would suggest getting another AC adapter. Those after market 3-way adapters are notoriously unreliable.

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