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



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

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

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?

Bresee -

Nice idea-- i was wondering what would fit in there between the contacts and not be too stiff so as to break anything but still offer just enough resistance and abrasion. I will surely give this a try.

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

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Oh, my God! I really didn't think the alcohol thing would work (actually, I thought it was going to scr#w my nintendo), but it did! Thank u so much!

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This was great!

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