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Released on June 23, 1996, Model NUS-001, 64-bit gaming console

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Red light but no video or audio

I used it for a year without problems but out of nowhere it stopped working. I cleaned it and i have tested all i could on another system that works. But i still cant find out why it wont show video. I got it so it would at-least give me a black screen. so its giving a signal but it still wont give me a picture? I have tried everything i can.

Here is all that i does

Has power and red light

black screen no sound

gives signal (the tv does not show no signal)

all parts work on my other one

Update (10/19/2018)

I got it!

Turn it on without the cartrage

TV should say NO SIGNAL

Put the cartrage in (With the N64 on)

Turn the n64 off then on

should turn on

Update (10/20/2018)

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Have you used the video cable on another N64 to isolate the problem to this N64?

I would try cleaning the video terminals with 90% isopropyl alcohol and potentially the cartridge slot and cartridge.


I did that and i know it cant be that i have tried new cables and tested parts on my new one. It is sending a signal but its just blank. i know all the removable parts work and also are clean. If it was the terminals it would say NO SIGNAL so its a hardware issue or some kind.


did you put a cartridge in while OFF then power it on?


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This sounds more like a video processing problem internal to the unit. Without seeing the unit and scoping some of the traces inside, this will be tough to try and resolve. Parts of the video output section are working as shown by the black screen. What needs to be investigated is why the black screen. It could be either the input to the video processing IC or the IC itself having an internal problem.

I will check around to see if I can find any suggestions.


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If i turn it on with no cartrage next put in the cartrage and turn it off and on again it works But idk why!


That's hard to say without looking at the unit in question. But if the problem is resolved AFTER inserting the cartridge when the unit is on, then it may be worth doing a good examination of the cartridge port and ensuring you have no corrosion or pin damage.

Is the game playable and everything works after you do that?


No corrosion on the pins and also the board has been washed in my sink. Also i dried it with a rag and used canned air to get the rest of the water. But still the cartage trick is all that makes it work.


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I just grabbed mine out of storage, as well. It had the same problem. I tried different cables, power supplies, taking the memory out, flipping the power switch on and off rapidly, etc. But what fixed it was I took the cables out, then took the memory pack out again and blew in the memory card slot. Cleaned around it. Put the cables back in firmly and it works like a charm! Troubleshoot and troubleshoot! I hope this helps!

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I just had the exact same problem trying to play my N64 after it had been stored away for years; ended up here looking for a potential troubleshooting fix after everything obvious had failed, and tried your solution - worked perfectly.


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Bobby gunnels wird auf ewig dankbar sein.

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