Why my N64 Console keeps restarting itself?

  1. Whenever I try to play a game on Nintendo 64 console, it just restarts itself after a few seconds. Is there a way to fix it? I want to play N64 again.

    User Info: Retrogamesavior

    Retrogamesavior - 8 months ago

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  1. That does seem to be a common problem with older, well they are all older now, N64s and nearly impossible to accurately diagnose without trying almost everything. The hardware is notoriously finicky, now quite old, and generally difficult to troubleshoot.

    Common explanations include overheating, dirt, and hardware failure.

    Prevalent approaches to identifying/resolving this generally go like this:

    Remove expansion pack and test for the issue. If this solves things, it looks like expansion pack has failed. It could be the connector pins or internal hardware or even just dirt on the pins, although that's less likely. Inspect and clean with isopropyl rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab and dry with a cotton swab as well - do not blow on or use compressed air. You may have to replace it.

    Check if the reset button on the console is stuck down, even a little as that's been know to happen with the N64. If it is slightly depressed, try to very carefully lift the button with a small flat tool such as a knife or flat-headed screwdriver. Test for the issue. If this fixes things, then keep an eye on the reset button - you might even consider rigging a way to prop the button up if the issue resumes.

    Clean the pins and connectors of the console and games with isopropyl rubbing alcohol on cotton swabs. The manual recommends that you don't blow or use compressed air and that this can damage the system or games. After sufficiently cleaned and dried, test for the issue. If this fixes the issue, try to keep the system and area around it clean.

    All hardware eventually fails, but some are sooner than others. The most likely failure that is easy to diagnose is the power adapter fusing. The only way I know to test the adapter is to swap another adapter in and see if it does the trick.

    Everything else involves opening up the system and poking around. Cleaning, as described above, any areas which are visibly dirty or dusty. The hardware of this device is very touchy and a wrong move can make the situation much worse. The most I'll recommend is a visual inspection to look for anything unusual, especially around the reset button housing and beyond that, you may be able to find instructions via a video or step-by-step instructions with images by using an internet search.

    The only thing left is professional repair or simply replacement. It might be more worth your while to just replace the console. Trying to get it repaired anymore is likely not going to be cheap or easy so I'd recommend replacement of the console regardless at this point.

    Good luck!

    User Info: chaoyun2k

    chaoyun2k - 8 months ago 1   0

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