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#1 compl3x

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:05

Those of us old enough to have used a cartridge based console remember insering the cart, the game failing to start, taking it out and blowing out the dust which we all thought was why the game wouldn't start. Apparently, that was nonsense.

When I was a kid with a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), sometimes my games wouldn’t load. But I, like all kids, knew the secret: take out the game cartridge, blow on the contacts, and put it back in. And it seemed to work. (When it failed, I’d just keep trying until it worked.) But looking back, did blowing into the cartridge really help? I’ve talked to the experts, reviewed a study on this very topic, and have the answer.

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So the Answer is No

So, dear readers, all signs point to no: blowing in the cartridge did not help. My money is on the blowing thing being a pure placebo, offering the user just another chance at getting a good connection. The problems with Nintendo’s connector system are well-documented, and most of them are mechanical — they just wore out faster than expected.
Having said that, it’s true that kids can be grubby, and getting crud into the cartridge or slot was a real problem — I suspect that most of that crud was not just dust, though, and required a more thorough cleaning than a moist mouth-blast could provide. In fact, Nintendo released an official NES Cleaning Kit in 1989 in an attempt to keep both the slot and cartridges clean. Ultimately, Nintendo redesigned the NES console, releasing an NES 2 console in 1993 that’s commonly known as the “top loader.” Its main feature? A top loading slot. It was more like the original Famicom, using a slot that held up better to abuse. Similarly, the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) was a top loader.



I shortened the article. If you wish to read the whole thing, you can find it at the link below:


http://www.mentalflo...archives/142550


#2 Nick H.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:15

I call lies. I never encountered a problem with my cartridges that wasn't solved by blowing in to the cartridge.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 10:51

Used to take an eraser (gently..) to the contacts on older carts, helped sometimes when the unit didn't boot properly. Don't think blowing ever helped for me anyway.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:08

Shenanigans. Blowing definitely helped.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:10

You know this thread can become soo dirty in... :rofl:

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:10

Lies lies lies!! lol It always worked, was magic

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:24

I call lies. I never encountered a problem with my cartridges that wasn't solved by blowing in to the cartridge.


Reseating without blowing would ave worked to.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:33

Reseating without blowing would ave worked to.

:rolleyes:

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:34

It would have help if lots of dust or light dirt was on the contacts but otherwise, it is probably a placebo effect.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:35

:rolleyes:


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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:37

NES: Needs Extra Saliva

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 11:56

I call lies. I never encountered a problem with my cartridges that wasn't solved by blowing in to the cartridge.


Like the article said. It wasn't the blow, it was you re-seating the cartridge.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 12:05

Lies, blowing always helps.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 12:10

It helped.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 12:10

Lies, blowing always helps.


Does in a marriage.