If you are an avid gamer, you may be interested in trying out the classic games on a classic gaming system. As such, you also might have found yourself an old Nintendo NES system that you are looking to fix up and repair so that you can get it in working order and enjoy all of the benefits of a classic gaming system and all that it has to offer. Get to know some of the ways that you can get your new old Nintendo NES up and running and get started trying your hand at them as soon as possible.
Clean the System Thoroughly
One of the many things about older gaming systems like the Nintendo NES that you will have to keep in mind is that it is very susceptible to malfunctions if any of the components of the system or the games themselves are dirty or dusty. This means that the first thing you should do when you get your system is to clean it up a bit.
There are cleaning kits that you may be able to find and purchase that were designed specifically for NES cleaning. However, because these systems have long been out of production, you may need to instead gather your own cleaning supplies.
To clean the console, you can use an electronics screen cleaning cloth or scrub and Windex or rubbing alcohol. Wipe down the exterior of your Nintendo NES first and then flip the system over and unscrew the six screws on the back to open up the inside. Gently wipe down the interior components and the re-close it. The games may be best cleaned by blowing air through them to get rid of dust or gently wiping it down with a dry electronics cloth.
Replace the NES 72 Pin Connector
If you have cleaned your system and tried to otherwise troubleshoot your issues, it may be necessary for you to replace your NES 72 pin connector. The first step, of course, is to buy an NES 72 pin connector.
Then, once again, you will need to flip your console over and remove the back panel by unscrewing the six screws. Once the console is open, you will see a large panel of sheet metal that will also need to be unscrewed and removed. Underneath, you will find the cartridge tray that will also need to be unscrewed.
You will then see the motherboard and will need to unscrew it and lift it from the console as well as disconnect the wires connected to it (remembering where the connect, of course) Next, you will be able to remove and replace the 72 pin connector from where it attaches to the motherboard. Reassemble your system and give it a whirl to see if the new NES 72 Pin Connector gets your system going.
Now that you know a few of the ways that you can repair your old Nintendo NES system, you can be sure that you get the most out of your classic gaming system.