Cleaning the cartridge slot

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Student-Created Guide

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  • Author: tonymag28
  • Time required: 5 minutes
  • Difficulty: Very easy

Cleaning the cartridge slot will fix most of the problems with the Nintendo 64.

Edit Step 1 Cleaning the cartridge slot  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Cleaning the cartridge slot  ¶ 

  • Open the slot with your finger. Blow along the length of the cartridge slot with the air duster.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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  • Moist the q-tip with rubbing alcohol. Rub it along the length of the cartridge slot.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the Nintendo 64 device page.

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I never knew about this step, up until now i was just doing step one

Mike Chang, · Reply

Alcohol is not going to "shine up" the pin. The secret will take 10 seconds!!!!. A worn out paper fingernail file .. I have never had a console brought back in 2 yrs

thegamestorems, · Reply

What type brand of fingernail file?


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