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I'm about to buy an NES clone system for $25 off amazon which as original NES controller ports (I don't know if it works with the zapper but at least I'll be able to try it).

Unless someone can talk me out of it.

My original dual slot NES/SNES clone system has something wrong with the NES slot. It actually displays weird video garbage on the screen even when no game is in the slot. I can get some games to play but often I have to wiggle the game back and forth to get video and then further for audio. I imagine I bent a pin or something. Just not sure it's worth the trouble to try and fix it. It feels like a very cheap plastic crap thing anyway. I think i'll keep using the SNES slot for as long it keeps working because it seems to work with super famicom (non-american "SNES" I guess) carts.

Oh, here's the thing if anybody wondered:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0161N7J2G/
 
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I'm about to buy an NES clone system for $25 off amazon which as original NES controller ports (I don't know if it works with the zapper but at least I'll be able to try it).

Unless someone can talk me out of it.

My original dual slot NES/SNES clone system has something wrong with the NES slot. It actually displays weird video garbage on the screen even when no game is in the slot. I can get some games to play but often I have to wiggle the game back and forth to get video and then further for audio. I imagine I bent a pin or something. Just not sure it's worth the trouble to try and fix it. It feels like a very cheap plastic crap thing anyway. I think i'll keep using the SNES slot for as long it keeps working because it seems to work with super famicom (non-american "SNES" I guess) carts.

Oh, here's the thing if anybody wondered:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0161N7J2G/

I've got the same one (well, a different rebrand, but same exact thing, just different colour plastic), and the Zapper works with it. I also got some original NES controllers to go with it as well. The plan was to eventually replace it with an actual NES, but I just haven't found one cheap enough to make it worthwhile. So far, it plays everything I need it to. Really, it's mostly for aesthetic reasons that I want to real deal. The biggest thing I would say with these clone systems is the cartridge slots seem to be pretty cheaply made, games are tough to get out of the things. I even checked into a replacement cartridge slot connector for mine, and found some, but they where $15 or something, so I just bookmarked it in case this one ever does get buggered, Also, the whole console weighs like the same as a regular NES cart...really cheaply made things. But like I said, no issues at all with mine so far. Sound and video quality seem pretty nice too, though I am no expert there.
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subassy, again, you need to check your private messages if you want me to ship you that game. redface.gif
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I've always wanted an arcade machine for decades. I can never afford one, even in beat up condition. One of these days, I will have my arcade cabinet. In the past couple of years, I've also been craving to have a pinball machine as well. Unfortunately, I have no room for that. I'll settle for the decade's long dream though. biggrin.gif
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I've always wanted an arcade machine for decades. I can never afford one, even in beat up condition. One of these days, I will have my arcade cabinet. In the past couple of years, I've also been craving to have a pinball machine as well. Unfortunately, I have no room for that. I'll settle for the decade's long dream though. biggrin.gif
You can get a decent condition arcade cab for the cost of an Xbox One. As far as a pinball, they start in the thousands...
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Yeah, pinball is a huge investment. Even if you find one barely working for cheap, there's still all the maintenance and extra time involved restoring it. Basic arcade cabinets are far easier to try to restore.
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So I just picked up a NES 001 for free last night. Deck and one controller only. Found a temp power adapter and borrowed a cart to test it.

Works fine except spring loaded cart slot is missing the mechanism that locks it in place. Cart just goes up and down, doesnt lock down. Anyone have the part for that?
Edited by SwishaMane - 6/19/16 at 7:55am
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So I just picked up a NES 001 for free last night. Deck and one controller only. Found a temp power adapter and borrowed a cart to test it.

Works fine except spring loaded cart slot is missing the mechanism that locks it in place. Cart just goes up and down, doesnt lock down. Anyone have the part for that?

I don't have the part, but having taken apart my Nintendo about 100 times since I was 15 or so, I can say this:

The mechanism might not be broken or missing. The unit could have been repaired previously by someone who didn't know what they were doing. I would highly suggest opening the thing up if you haven't, and checking how tightly the cart mechanism is screwed down. Basically, that big black thing slides over the circuit board, and then a couple screws hold it in place (should be like 2 on the front and 2 on the back that also go through the 72-pin connector). If the mechanism is screwed down too much, then there won't be enough room for the locking mechanism to work. The only way to test this is to put a cartridge all the way into it (while it's opened up) and push it down and see if it will stay down. If the screws holding the thing to the board are too tight then the cartridge won't stay down. Loosen them a bit and try and get them evenly loose (but still in) on both the right and left sides and suddenly the mechanism will work. If I recall, it is not the rear screws that go through the 72-pin connector that need to be semi-tight, it is just the front ones. They are not supposed to be screwed in all the way or what you described will happen.

On top of that, I would recommend boiling your 72-pin connector while you're at it. This is preferable to buying a new 72-pin connector. The replacement connectors are not made exactly the same as the original Nintendo connectors. They will work, but not for as long. Boiling the original connector cleans the pins and also realigns them (so they are very, very tight). The only issue with this is that when I first did it last year, the connection was so tight I pretty much needed a pliers to get the cartridges back out. The neat thing is that this works so well, that you can turn a game on even if the cartridge isn't pushed down in the mechanism. That's basically the way to test it.

While you're at it, you might also want to disable the 10nes lockout chip by cutting pin 4 of a certain IC on the motherboard. This might not be necessary, but what it does is prevent the "blinking light reset" effect when trying to load a game. Essentially, the system has a hardware region/unlicensed lockout function that communicates between this chip on the motherboard and a chip in the cartridge on a certain pin on the cartridge. When this pin is dirty, rusty or whatever and this connection cannot be made, the Nintendo will decide the cart is unlicensed or undesirable and reset the Nintendo once every second, failing to load the game. This causes the LED on the front of the unit to blink, and the video to blink on and off.

My NES has both of these things done to it.

Finally, I'd suggest (of course) cleaning every new cartridge you get with 90% isopropyl alcohol on a q-tip. Clean both sides until the the q-tip comes out clean.

Also, if you have issues loading games and getting just a solid brown or gray screen, try pushing the cartridge to the left as much as you can while it's in the system and the cartridge mechanism is UP. This seems to make mine work when it does that.

Hope this helps and congrats on the NES.
Edited by neurotix - 6/19/16 at 12:28pm
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Wow, thanks for the tips. Im going to do the lockout chip mod for sure. Just pulled it apart, and the cart slot isnt locking at all.
Edited by SwishaMane - 6/20/16 at 4:37am
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