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Jul 28, 05 at 10:03pmdivision


Having problems with your NES? Post here and I or someone else may be able to help.

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May 03, 16 at 6:06pm
C Falcon


Great to hear HonoPeek! Glad to hear everything is (mostly) in working order. Once you get that controller up and running it's back to multiplayer goodness.



May 03, 16 at 5:55pm
HonoPeek


Good news... Replaced the connector and i can select between 1 & 2 player mode. The select button is a little sensitive, so I thought maybe it was time to clean the controllers. Bad news... while cleaning one of the controllers, the "B" button contact tore. Ordered new repair parts. Once they arrive everything should be good to go. Thanks for the advice!!!



Apr 29, 16 at 12:59pm
Chimaira


HonoPeek, fingers crossed that it solves your problem.

Be sure to keep us updated!



Apr 29, 16 at 12:18pm
HonoPeek


I've got a replacement pin connector on order... we'll see if this solves my issue.

Falcon - all my other games are only 1 player (Silent Service, Metal Gear & Snakes revenge). All the games that have 2 player capability are affected. As previously stated, I have a new connector coming... with a 3.8mm game cart bit & electronics eraser. I plan on cleaning everything and replacing the connector. If that doesn't work, I guess I won't be playing in 2 player mode - unless I spring for a new/working NES or one of the newer retrobit systems.

This message was merged with other messages by Chimaira (moderator)



Apr 26, 16 at 1:37pm
C Falcon


You think it might be the games that are acting up rather than the controller or console? You mention some games so it might be less likely that it's the games, but it might be worth a check and cleaning.



Apr 26, 16 at 12:53pm
sword_of_omens


hmmm..i'm not really sure what else to tell you...out of all the many issues that I've had over the years with my NES I have never run across that problem before..
I'll try thinking on it some more for you...

Also, that's pretty cool that your Zelda saves still show up tbh...I remember the when my battery died on my cartridge long , long and I lost the ability to keep my saves...



Apr 26, 16 at 12:38pm
HonoPeek


sword_of_omens, Not lame at all - I'm looking for any advice I can get. I pushed every button on the controller - no luck (other than Start which starts a new game). Funny thing is that when I put in Super Mario Bros. / Duck hunt, the directional buttons do let me select between the 2 games, but when I get to the Mario title screen, nothing works except start. Once the game starts, everything works - except start which I believe should pause the game. Super Mario Bros. 3 is the same - can't select between 1 or 2 players... everything (including pause) works normally once the game starts. Legend of Zelda won't let me select between the saved games (from years ago). but everything else works fine.



Apr 26, 16 at 12:23pm
sword_of_omens


quote HonoPeek
I recently broke out my old NES from the deep, dark recesses of my closet and tried to fire up my games. I initially had the blinking red light of death, but was finally able to get it to load my games with at little compressed air blown into the 72 Pin connector & the game contacts. Now I can’t choose between 1 & 2 player modes (or between saved games) on the title screen. I took the unit apart and cleaned all the dirt & cobwebs off of the mother board. I also removed the 72 pin connector and cleaned it (and the motherboard connections) the best I could – I did notice a couple of bent pins along the back side and tried to bend them back as much as I could. I’ve tried switching controllers, but no success. The directional buttons on the controllers work just fine while playing the game, just not on the title screen… any suggestions?
this might sound lame, but have you tried pushing the "Select" button while on the Title Screen?
I know that on some games up and down are not meant to work, and the select button is used instead.



Apr 26, 16 at 12:12pm
Chimaira


Hey HonoPeek, sorry to hear about that. That's one of the downsides with retro gaming, these consoles can be quite temperamental these days and understandably so due to their age.

Unfortunately I don't own a NES and you've tried giving it a clean which would have been the generic advice that I'd have given you.

I'll tag a few members that own a NES console and hopefully one of them can give you some advice.

sword_of_omens Retro Noraf45



Apr 25, 16 at 11:57am
HonoPeek


I recently broke out my old NES from the deep, dark recesses of my closet and tried to fire up my games. I initially had the blinking red light of death, but was finally able to get it to load my games with at little compressed air blown into the 72 Pin connector & the game contacts. Now I can’t choose between 1 & 2 player modes (or between saved games) on the title screen. I took the unit apart and cleaned all the dirt & cobwebs off of the mother board. I also removed the 72 pin connector and cleaned it (and the motherboard connections) the best I could – I did notice a couple of bent pins along the back side and tried to bend them back as much as I could. I’ve tried switching controllers, but no success. The directional buttons on the controllers work just fine while playing the game, just not on the title screen… any suggestions?



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