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Video Problems with Super Nintendo

I have all the correct cords for my Super Nintendo, but when I plug it in, put in a game, and turn it on there is just a black background with grey horizontal lines across the TV screen. I've opened up the console and thoroughly cleaned everything and have cleaned the games, but it still does the same thing. Does anyone know how to fix this??

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  • Anonymous Sep 17, 2008

    Tengo todos los cables correctos para mi Super Nintendo, pero cuando enchufo todo, poner en un juego, y que a su vez, sólo hay un fondo negro con gris líneas horizontales a través de la pantalla del televisor. I've opened up the console and t horoughly cleaned everything and have cleaned the games, but it still does the same thing. He abierto la consola y t horoughly limpiado todo y se han limpiado los juegos, pero todavía hace lo mismo. Does anyone know how to fix this?? ¿Alguien sabe como solucionar este problema?

  • kyclo20 Jan 22, 2009

    I just bought mine off of Ebay and it was working fine. I went to go play it two days later and it came up a black screen with grey lines also. I dont know what went wrong with it because no one had touched it since the last time we played it. All the cords work fine and the SNES turns on with the light and all.

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    when you say you opened up the console and cleaned, do you mean you cleaned the female connector for the cartridges? I've discovered that sometimes this piece is overlooked.



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Try replacing your video cord. Sometimes they are just "patially bad" meaning they can read something but not enough to do anything.

What did you use to clean the games?

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Make sure you are using only licensed accessories with your system.

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We are trying to set up an old super nintendo we have rf adaptor hooked up and its set on right channel but its not showin on tv

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Is the tv set to the correct channel or "input"?

Is your game clean? (use rubbing alcohol on a q-tip to wipe the gold bars on the inside of the game)

Do you have a bad AV cord? (I think you can find new ones on ebay or potentially a vintage video games store that sells super nintendo games, they usually are willing to test it in store with a new cord).

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