RetroActive: How To Refurbish Your NES
Kevin gives you a step by step walk through of taking apart your NES and refurbishing the pin connector inside. If you are tired of that blinking screen, get ready to see it a lot less if you follow these steps.
Okay thank you i will try that
Make sure your games are clean. As the video mentions this will never stop it completely and corrosion or dirt on the contacts will still cause problems. Also make sure you're trying the games up first as making the contacts tighter causes them to have a good contact without being pushed down. If they don't start up, then try pushing down. If your games look minty clean and don't work in either position try cleaning the actual connector again and making sure none of the contacts bent funky. If you're still not having any luck you may have to just invest in a new connector unfortunately.
i used your tutorial, did everything step by step but i still get the blinking, help?
This stuff is way beyond my head, but I appreciate the effort if I ever truly need to fix an NES.
I agree that it can work. I'm just saying that it's easier to buy a new connector, but yes, if you do it right, it does work.
I also agree that anti-static equipment for such a small thing IS overkill - the reason I haven't bought any yet. However, it's still worth having if you're going to frequently do these sorts of things.
As for cleaning the pins on the inside, I agree with that, too. I should have been more specific - I was more so talking about the game cartridges that you put in, and also, the connector on the main board (although again, that shouldn't be very dirty either).
Ah, okay, fair enough. I thought I better just check. I hear the Super Nintendo connectors are generally not problematic, though, so make sure you check every possible problem before you buy a new connector.
I have a removeable one, I have one of the very early PAL versions. I'll give the paper method a try first, thanks for the tip :)
Yeah, I did the same thing a couple years back. Even got an ugly pink socket cleaning device that looked like a cross between oversized Game Genie with a handle and a VCR cleaner. Cleaned everything with pure alcohol, put a new connector, even cleaned up some of the soldering. Runs like a champ.
Special note though, when you do use it after replacing the connector, use only generation 2 cartridges for a while to break in the connector. The original NES games had a fatter connector. Break it in gently, since that new connector's going to be tight!
I've done this method on several NES and it works great. And you can see that in the video.
Buying anti-static equipment for stuff like this is major over kill.
Deep cleaning the pins on the inside isn't really necessary, they shouldn't be that dirty or corroded. But if they are yes an eraser is good to have.
Some regular paper folded up a bit and with a touch of rubbing alcohol can be useful to clean the inside of a cartridge connector that is attached to the board, such as the Super Nintendo and Genesis/Mega Drive. Just be sure you don't accidentally lodge something in there (it shouldn't happen if you're careful).
By the way, even if you could find a new connector for the SNES, you'd have to do a lot of soldering on tiny pins to replace it, as it's connected directly to the board, unlike wear the NES which just slides on/off (for the record, the Sega CD has a similar design to the NES pin connector). There are some models of SNES that have a removable cartridge connector, but the permanently-attached ones seem to be more common, probably due to the fact that the ones with a removable connector were earlier models (and that's for the US - PAL Super Nintendos are even less likely to have removable connectors). Just make sure that if you buy one, that you get the correct type. If you look at deadpan's links, those are both different types, so yeah, make sure you pick the right one.
I definitely have to vouch for buying a new 72-pin connector. It works so much better. I tried to refurbish the original connector in my NES, and it just didn't work.
I do recommend anti-static equipment, though. I don't have any myself, but I've fried a few things because of that. My NES, SNES and Mega Drive were all fine whilst I modded/repaired them, though, and I've disassembled many consoles. I've only really had a problem with laptops. Still, it's an added precaution that could save you money.
Also, another tip: turn the NES on for a few seconds after disconnecting it from the power supply so that it discharges any stored electricity (most newer consoles don't have this problem, although I did notice that the Xbox 360 Slim has problem).
Finally, one more tip: using a rubber/eraser on contacts/pins is also very effective. I liked to use both methods, just to make sure it's as clean as possible.
Hurray for series~
Props on the Bucky O'hare and Battletoads music. Also, glad to see someone actually succeeding with technology. I just had to scrap my Nintoaster 64 project because the board got fried somewhere down the line. Maybe I should try again with my NES; it looks much easier to deal with.
I've gotten a request to do the Sega Genesis as well. Guess I'll have to do a series!
Thanks for the sub!
these should help. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Super-Nintendo-SNES-OEM-62-Pin-connector-replace...
I'll definitely keep this in mind should I need to refurbish my NES. And also, SUBBED!!!
Man, I was going to make this movie!!! lol But you had a few extra steps I didn't know about, I was just going to stop at cleaning the board contacts, I never thought to bend the pins back into place. I found it easier to clean the bottom of the board contacts by bending the q tip at a right angle so it can reach under the bottom. Great video!
Could you make a similar video for the SNES (or potentially suggest where I can buy a new connector for the SNES), I know how to open my SNES and I have cleaned it out with rubbing alcohol, but while my games almost all boot up (2 don't, don't know whether it's the games that area dead, or if it's the connectors fault), all of them suffer from minor artifacts, in Link to the Past, the boot up screen is full of glitch gremlins, but the game seems to run fine. In Killer Instinct, the sprites are buggy, etc... lots of small things. While I have cleaned the connector with rubbing alcohol, I see that deep inside the connector, there's still dust, oooold dust, trying to blow it out, did not work, and I don't have anything thin enough to get it back there.