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NES Blinking Red Light
From a recent NES repair blog article, a viewer posted the following question:
"Most of the time when I turn on my NES, the red light on the power button blinks on and off with the tv screen blinking solid white to solid black. This doesn't always happen. Sometimes I can play a game, but the blinking is pretty consistent. What can I do?"
- Jeff, Ft. Worth, TX
Well Jeff, and those of you with an NES blinking light, fortunately the solution simple to boot! A little history lesson before we get to the solution. When the good folks at Nintendo designed the NES console, they put a lot of thought and effort into being able to keep them working down the road. With that in mind, they built diagnostic indicators into the system. Namely, the blinking light on the front of the NES, and the dreaded solid colored screen of doom! Again, these symptoms are really indicators that are trying to communicate a message. Here is what the NES would say if it could talk:
Blinking red light -> NES says, "Umm, did you already put the game in or what? I can't even tell anything is in there! Oh my god, I can't feel my 72 pin connector! Please, oh please get me a new 72 pin connector!"
Solid colored screen -> NES says, "Wow, would you put a dirty game like that inside of you? Didn't think so. Why am I any different? Just clean your NES games already, I don't want to hear your excuses!"