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Nintendo 64 Troubleshooting

Nintendo 64 Game Screen Not Displaying Properly

The power light is on but the television screen is black, flashing or does not look right when turned on

It's Dirty

Most Nintendo 64 problems can be solved by cleaning the game cartridge or by cleaning the cartridge slot. If neither of these solutions work, you will need to inspect the pins that connect the cartridge slot to the motherboard to see if there are any broken connections.

Reseat the Jumper or RAM pack

The Nintendo 64 won't boot all the way without a Jumper or RAM pack properly installed. Open the little cover on top of the console, pull the expansion pack out a bit (first two steps) and then pop it back in.

Problem with RF or AV Cables

If cleaning the system does not fix the problem there may be an issue with the RF or AV cable hookup to your television. Verify that the cables are hooked up properly. Also verify your television's compatibility with the type of cables you are using. If this yields no answers, swap the cables with another working set of cables to see if this fixes the problem.

If the problem persists, there may be a circuit problem located on the motherboard. To fix these, you will need to repair the audio video port.

Red Light Doesn't Turn On

The red LED Nintendo 64 light on the front of the console does not light up when the console is powered on

Problem with the LED bulb

Fortunately, the LED light should not affect the functionality of the system, so if it is broken the console is still functional. However, if you care about the cosmetics of your system, you should simply replace the bulb.

Nintendo 64 Won't Turn On

Turning the power on yields no results

Problem with Power Cord

A bad power cord could be the cause of your Nintendo 64 not turning on. Verify it is hooked up properly, then swap the cord with another working power cord to see if it fixes the problem.

Bad circuit connection from power cord to motherboard

There may be circuit connections that are misaligned or completely detached. To fix this, you will need to repair the power connections.

Bad Motherboard

If your console does not respond in any way when the power is switched on it may need a new motherboard. Most of the unit's parts are attached to the motherboard, so replacing should provide a good all around fix.

Controller is Not Working

The controller is either unresponsive or half-responsive

Malfunctioning button(s)

The problem with the controller may be caused by one or more non-working buttons. You may need to open the controller and clean the affected button.

If this does not solve the problem, you will need to check the contact points between the controller and the motherboard and replace them if necessary.

None of the Above

If none of the above remedies the problem with your Nintendo 64 your best bet is to post a question in our Answers forum. If worst comes to worst, the controller can be found for a very reasonable price online, and your old controller can be saved for spare parts, or responsibly recycled.

Комментариев: 16

hey what id the conecters are rusty

PIE NATION - Ответить

What makes a Nintendo blink on and off when you turn it on?

mary bolin - Ответить

Put a Killer Instinct II Gold cart into a working system and got no video or sound out. Put a working Turok cart in and also got nothing. Put my backup system on and tried the Turok. It worked as expected. Tried the Killer Instinct cart, got nothing and now I have two down systems. I didn't think a cart could kill a console, but apparently it can. I opened the cart and there is no evidence of tampering inside (no obvious shorts, so foul play is out).

Jeff Sockwell - Ответить

I picked up a copy of killer instinct gold today and was getting the same black screen. I took it apart inspected it. Cleaned it and still nothing. Just out of curiosity I put the game back in. I turned it on and still a black screen but then I removed my rumble pak from the back of my controller and the game started right up. I put the rumble pak back in the controller and restarted my console and again black screen. Once again I removed the rumble pak and the game started right up. It starts right up anytime there isn't a memory card or rumble pak connected to the controller. Hope this helped.

Josh kennedy -

My cartridge doesn't connect to the n64. How do I fix this?

Sergio Hernández Martín - Ответить

Why do I get random purple static on my tv?

knappchelsea27 - Ответить

The N64 red light turns on and I connected the cables to my tv correctly but it still isn’t picking up on my tv it doesn’t even show the AV connection what could be wrong ? I use to play on this tv all the time now what happened!?

Sara - Ответить

I'm having a strange issue with my N64.

I go into one of my games and while I'm on a main menu everything is fine. Controls are responsive and sound and graphics are fine as usual.

But the second I start playing some invisible force seems to start pulling my character in a certain direction. I've tried several flying games and it pulls them either up or down and holds them like that. If I play a third person one like Banjo-Kazooie, it pushes them either towards the camera or against it.

All the action buttons work in each game. But I can't stop my character from going in the direction they seem to be dragged towards.

I'm not sure what could be wrong with my system.

jleochner - Ответить

Let your analog stick sit neutral, then hit L+R and start to reset your controllers dead zone.

dolphins-are-the-devils-work -

My red light comes on, but my tv still says No Input Detected.

I got a Gamebit and cleaned all contacts I could find (game, game slot, expansion pack, exp pack slot, av cable slot) with alcohol and ultra duster. Still nothing.

What is the next most possible issue? Should I purchase a new expansion pack?

I’m pulling my hair out over here! Thanks in advance.

Tyler - Ответить

My power supply buzzes and my n64 will not turn on, why is that?

karan49ers - Ответить

So when I first turn on my system and start playing Donkey Kong 64 everything is fine. As I keep playing the joystick will pull my character in a certain direction, it starts very slowly and progresses the longer I play and gets WAY worse. And once I reset the N64 Console everything is fine and back to normal? Anybody know what the issue is here? It’s really annoying I have to keep stoping and saving my games and resetting the entire console to get it back to normal. Please help

Zack Segatto - Ответить

Hey, my console isn't working.. I've cleaned it, and I plugged it in correctly, the light comes on, but it doesn't show up on the screen. tried different games, turning off and on again.. nothing. I took it in to my local store and the man tried out a game and it worked. okay.. I take it back home and the problem occurs AGAIN. I KNOW it's not the TV because it's worked on it before. I'm so frustrated..

Rebekah - Ответить


this is what you want. although you will need to go under the hood and have a soldering iron handy. remove some screws here and there, and remove the metal around the n64 slot.

or just just bend the metal pins slowly,

here’s a video i used to repair my gameshark. v3.3


Hope this solves your problem.

isaiah bellamy (masta ike) - Ответить

On my Nintendo 64 I forgot to grab my heart container after beating the boss to get the zora princess back. I got out of the mouth of jabu jabu but I don't see the princess and that means I can't get the last gem I need. I'm sorta freaking out tbh, I need some help

Ally Drowned - Ответить

The color from my N64 games is gone the picture is all black and white how do I fix this?

Justin Walsh - 06/25/19

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