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NES Game Tray Wont Lock
Recently, on our Ask NES Questions blog article, a poster asked if we could help them fix the issue where the NES game tray will not stay locked in the down position. If you have repaired more than a handful of Nintendo NES systems, chances are you have run into this problem. Fortunately, in almost every case the game tray issue is simple to solve, although a bit tricky to understand. A picture is worth a thousand words, so courtesy of our own NES Repair Resources page, check out the NES System Repair video below at 3 minutes 15 seconds for a full demonstration of the correct method for reinserting the NES game tray.
For those of you with flash issues, I'll spell it out. The 'NES system game tray' is the springy thing you press down on to load and unload your NES games. If you remove this game tray from your system and look at the underside you will notice a small black tab about 1/2 an inch wide on the front/loader side. If you pay attention to this black tab when reinstalling the game tray, you will notice one of two things; it either rests on top of the green motherboard (BAD), or it snaps down underneath (GOOD!). When it rests on top, the game tray becomes warped slightly and often will not stay locked down, until you fix it by making sure the black tab snaps underneath the motherboard.