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    Default I'm done with old consoles

    Seems like i just keep running into problems with them. Recently replaced the NES 72 pin connector. worked for a few weeks and now stopped working again. All games look garbled.

    My SNES is f'ed up because it won't play all my games, only a handful, no matter how good i clean them.

    Cleaned all my N64 games a few weeks ago and they worked. Now, I have to take out and insert the cartridge multiple times for it to load up.

    Same with genesis.

    I can't take this crap anymore. Way too much maintenance. Now I understand the beauty of emulation, game always works 100% of the time. Luckly i have a modded original xbox for that. And i get the games running in 720p

    I will be sticking to Ps1, Ps2, Dreamcast, Gamecube, and Xbox when it comes to playing on the actual console. those are the systems that have never failed me.

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    N64 emulation on Xbox is a crapshoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by j_factor View Post
    N64 emulation on Xbox is a crapshoot.
    Yup, i finally just gave up. What the devs consider playable and what I consider playable are apparently two different things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroRich View Post
    Seems like i just keep running into problems with them. Recently replaced the NES 72 pin connector....
    There's your problem right there, the replacement connectors are basically garbage and it's better to just clean your system with a cleaning kit instead. It sounds like you needed to clean all of your systems, not just your games.

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    Strange. If you're properly cleaning your games and systems, and then storing them in a way that keeps them clean, then the stuff should be practically maintenance-free past that point. For the most part, I clean a game just once (assuming I buy it used), and then it's good to go for years and years. Maybe you should explain what you're doing so we can let you know if there's anything that would work better for you.

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    Maybe the Rom chips are missing connectors. You should look into that...

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    My systems are as old as dirt, all run fine but my old toaster NES, it needs new pins. I have a toploader to tide me over till the day I decide to replace. As for my other consoles, no issues with them at all thankfully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gameguy View Post
    There's your problem right there, the replacement connectors are basically garbage
    Yes, yes they are. The plating is crap and they basically turn into metal files over time. I took this pic awhile back and was a bit stunned at how bad it was once I could see the detail.
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    Thats why i got a fc twin for that!

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    That's odd -- I have had hundreds of systems go through my hands in the past 10 years, and I have never heard of someone having so many issues as you are. I personally have one of everything set up too, and no cleaning, no adjustments -- they have all worked. My original NES, SNES and 2600 all work flawlessly to this day too.

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    PS1 & PS2 =/= "reliable"

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    I you'd prefer taking yourself in your hand over real sex, then you'll love emulators.

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    RetroRich, I don't know what you're systems look like, but aside from the NES being a pain with the contacts, the other systems you listed rarely cause those problems. SNES and Genesis are very reliable still, and unless there's a lot of dirt on them, the carts should go on right away. Just one cleaning with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol is all they'll ever need if you store them properly. N64 as well. The consoles rarely have to be cleaned, because the pins are covered by the doors. I've never cleaned anything but my NES with a console cleaner.
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    i did clean them.

    for the SNES. any game that seems to be any good, doesn't work. I put in Donkey Kong Country, turn it on, screen flashes, but then it stays at a black screen. Same with Secret Of Evermore, same with Toy Story. This is also the second copy of Toy Story i have tried, first one not working as well. All of my other SNES games load fine. Which is weird.

    That leads me to believe that it's not the games but the system. It's like it can't handle games that have higher quality graphics.

    The NES either has the games garbled, or the screen flashes white.

    The N64 works, but i need to take out and insert the game a few times before it reads it. I also notice that if i only lightly insert the game, without inserting it all the way, it reads the games fine.

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    I can understand your frustration. The NES pin connector replacements are garbage, but getting to the skill level to properly refurbish an original pin connector may take 2 or 3 tries. But once you get it down(there's about a dozen ways to do, check Google)your original NES will work 90-95% of the time. Which is about what they were when they were new.

    Something is up tho. Your SNES and Genesis don't work. I've run across the occasional malfuncitoning SNES but the Genesis should withstand a nuclear holocaust. What model Genesis? Also how regularly do you clean your games? and are you storing them in some sort of duty situation?

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    only thing i can think of, is the systems are hooked up in a basement that gets really cold at times. I don't know if that has anything to do with it. Games are also stored in those plastic shelves in the same basement.

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    anything old is gonna need a little love. Just wait till the current gen systems are old (oh boy) but its like cars the classics whether outdone by modern tech or reliability etc are still worth preserving and enjoying as they should be (not necessarily through emulation)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroRich View Post
    only thing i can think of, is the systems are hooked up in a basement that gets really cold at times. I don't know if that has anything to do with it. Games are also stored in those plastic shelves in the same basement.
    Cold is good, hot is not. By the way, what are you using to clean your carts? I recommend either Windex (works but some don't recommend because of dyes and other chemicals) and alcohol, but make sure it's 90% or above. Use a sturdy official brand Q-tip with the solution on it. Then use a dry one on it. Lastly, use a compressed air can on the cart, do the same on the system if you haven't done so already. If this doesn't work, you're either doing it wrong, or you have a faulty system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroRich View Post
    I will be sticking to Ps1, Ps2, Dreamcast, Gamecube, and Xbox when it comes to playing on the actual console. those are the systems that have never failed me.
    Good plan. All those lasers, moving parts, and red hot chips are sure to last forever.

    In all serious, though, my experience has generally been the opposite of the OP.
    With the exception of a few really touchy N64s, my cart based consoles have been rock solid, while my disc spinners have all given me at least the occasional problem.
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