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Should the red light flash with no games inserted? I haven't got any games to test properly. Thanks guys!

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Yes, the red light should flash when no game is inserted. It also can do that when a game is in there, that just means it is not reading it properly.

Is the NES faulty? No. This is normal.

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in the case of the NES, faulty was normal. :) –  Kip Oct 5 '12 at 17:33
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I believe the light flashes because the console is resetting, because the lockout chip isn't there. (iirc, without it, it just sits idle on a dead screen.) Just in case you were interested in the technical details, I guess. –  Xkeeper Oct 5 '12 at 18:09
    
@Xkeeper, you are correct. It's a mixture of that and there is no cartridge to read. It's basically 'if can't read - wait .5 - 1 second(s), reset, try again' –  leety Oct 5 '12 at 19:13
    
As soon as I saw this question I had to cast deep back into my memory, yes that is normal along with a flashing lavender screen. –  CyberSkull Oct 6 '12 at 0:17
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