Introduction

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

Tools

Parts

No parts required.

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

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

Conclusion

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!

silvestrerenata - Reply

I'm a Iittle skeptic to use rubbing alcohol on my N64 system and games are you 100% sure it works and won't give me any problems downs the road.

James Hernandez -

You should use isopropyl alcohol, it’s 90% alcohol and drys very quickly. I usually dunk a q-tip in, tap it against the bottle to remove any excess, then clean the surface. As long as your not pouring the alcohol directly onto your electronics you’ll be fine.

Adam -

This was great!

notoriousVKC - Reply

Alcohol will not remove the tarnish on the brass pins in the console. A paper fingernail file

Up & down back & forth 1 time. Have 500 consoles in store. 8 1/2 years never had a cartridge system ever come back toy store. Takes 5 seconds & cost a nickel.

Michael - Reply

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