Thread: Remember blowing on the Nintendo Cartridges?

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    • 13 years 7 months ago
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    It was like when you blew on it, it would get magically fixed!:p
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    Good times, good times.
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    wasnt it great haveing a probblem that aso easy to fix. now when your game has a probblem you need to buy a tiny 8 doller bottle of disk cleaner
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    I remember doing that. I still do it with my Super Nintendo games.
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    Actually blowing on it could worsen the problem. You dont want to get moisture on the cartridge. If you wipe it off that works better
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    I used the slightly different method of putting my shirt over the cartridge, then blowing to make sure no saliva got on the contacts, and it usually worked.
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    The best thing you can do is to open the NES system and carefully bend the pins back into position. Thats one of the main causes of the problem with the NES system. Pulling the carts out of the port would bend the pins. Cleaning really helps also.
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    I can't tell you how many times I would have to blow on the cartridges just to get the games to work. Sometimes I would even have to wiggle it a little upon insertion. Sometimes the picture was all scrambled, or the sound was stuck. At least the games weren't slow like Playstation games or X-Box.
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    I remember blowing into the Sega cartridges that were for my cousin's game system. My dad would always tell me, "That won't work," but it always did! Unfortunately, the Sega died a few weeks ago...I don't know what happened, it was in great shape until then...I never got the cartridges wet when I blew into them...ah well. At least I've got memories of the awesome games on it...XD
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    I used to blow on mine sometimes, but my usual method of getting carts to work was getting some object to hold them down inside the NES.
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    I don't have to remember it...I still do it everyday!
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    Hell yeah I remember this....It would temporarily fix the issue....I wonder who came up with this idea?
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    Quote by Luna2
    wasnt it great haveing a probblem that aso easy to fix. now when your game has a probblem you need to buy a tiny 8 doller bottle of disk cleaner


    or Disk Resurfacer
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    I still do. Aggravating. But so happy when they start to work!
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    Quote by NostalgicNed
    It was like when you blew on it, it would get magically fixed!:p


    Lol, I use to think that was something my big brother made up, until I grew up and saw other people doing it. Anyway I still do that for my SNES and N64 games.
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    I remember blowing on the cartridges... Oh wait I still do! LOL
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    Blowing the cartridge... so much fun! Best way to get a game to work. Wonder if spiting into it works even better?:p
    *runs to find cartridge and begins test*
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    I remember this so well. I remember my cheeks would hurt sometimes from blowing on them so long and hard ( no jokes guys :p ) cause I would take my anger out on them for screwing up my game and it was mostly in a really good part of the game that it would decide to screw up.My friends also used to clear theirs with alcohol on a Q-Tip and swiping the prongy things clean.I was always scared that would somehow break mine so I didnt do it. I wonder who figured this out? Dont you wish other problems could be handled so easily ??
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    Blowing on them is the worst thing you can do. Saliva hits the inside and then eventually, the metal contacts corrode. I have over 350 NES games and I have opened each once and cleaned them. You can get a special bit on ebay. I think it is called a .38 mm bit or something. You can also search under Nintendo bit and some might come up.

    The absolute best way to clean them is to open them, and take a big pink eraser and erase all that junk off of the gold contacts. An eraser does no damage and the contacts will end up like brand new. Games that didn't work before, will work then. I have used this method for years. The other thing that is important is to install a new 72-pin connector in your machine. Often, the pins get stretched out or loosened over the years because kids jam games in there an wiggle them. The connection isn't tight anymore. There are some websites you can find that will give instructions on how to open your machine and install a new connector. You can get a new 72-pin connector on ebay for about 8 bucks.

    I actually bought one of those new knock-off top-loader NES systems on ebay for like 30 dollars. It works better than any nes I have had. Even after I would replace the 72 pin connector on my machines, they still weren't perfect. Those new versions are really great. Hope this helps someone enjoy some hours of NES action!
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    I never really blow on mines what I did was put the cartridge in a zip lock bag and put it in the fridge and that alway work for me.
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