NES Problems part 2


Yesterday I shared with you a tale of gaming woe - my NES had stopped working and my feeble attempts to fix it had proved fruitless. With the problem narrowed down (sort of) to a faulty 72-pin connector, I decided to order a new one from eBay and install it myself. So did I manage to fix the NES? Was the connector the real cause of the problem? Did I manage to install it without setting fire to my house? READ ON!

Let's start at the beginning. At about 9am, this badboy arrived in the mail:

The new connector certainly looked the part, but what mattered more was whether or not it actually worked. Without wasting any time, I got out the old screwdriver and set to work on my NES.

Yeah I know, you've already seen a photo of me taking the plastic cover off a NES. At least I was excited about it:

Let's take a look inside.

So I got the cover off and everything looked fine. Want to have a look under that big-ass metal cover? LET'S DO IT!

It was at this point I started to feel a little out of my depth, but I'd made it this far so I wasn't going to stop yet. Yet more unscrewing later and I'd got that bloody plastic slab out:

If you're actually trying to do this yourself, this is the time to make sure there are no drinks about that are going to spill everywhere. Trust me, if you break off a bit of the plastic cover or some of the cartridge loader, your NES will most likely still be fine. Mess up the motherboard, however, and it's game over. Did I just say 'game over' in an article that's all about computer games? I SURE DID!

Let's move on.

So above you can see me removing the dodgy 72-pin connector - sure, it's served me well over the last year or so, but it decided to break on me just when I'd got a load of new games. What does that make it? That's right - a load of balls.

After I'd stuffed this into a drawer I installed the new connector with relative ease, and put the NES back together. From the outside at least, it was looking good as new - but would it work on the inside?

Thusfar everything had been going well, until I noticed this:

Oh dear. It seems I'd forgotten to put a screw back in the NES, and after checking the case I realised the screw was supposed to be inside the console - this meant something slightly more important than the plastic cover wasn't being held down properly. But would this really matter? I decided to plug this beast in and find out!

I decided that if I was going to test this out properly, I should do it with a classic game:

This was the moment of truth. Had I taken literally minutes trying to fix my NES for no reason? The suspense was killing me.

I pressed the 'power' button.

Did it work? CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT!!!