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Sometimes Nintendo64 Game Packs don't run at first try when powering (for whatever reason).

Recently I had this situation with one game, and remembering the times when that console came out I recall perfectly that a common "fix" or procedure that was known to work was to take it out and blow some air on the connectors before re-inserting. This was, as I remember, widely known and used across gamers I knew/know.

I wonder if this is actually recommended procedure for such situation, or if the blowing ever helped or if it was another thing that did the trick.

My intuition now says that this may work but also may not be a brilliant idea, but I wonder if there was a reason why that may have been a thing once.

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    Related: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/15044/… – Ash Jan 17 '18 at 5:08
  • Hey @Ash (really fitting name btw) thanks for the related reading – DarkCygnus Jan 17 '18 at 5:09
  • No problem - I know N64 carts are not strictly the same as NES carts, but I figured it might be interesting nonetheless. – Ash Jan 17 '18 at 5:23
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No, it is not recommended.

The actual solution is the taking out and re-seating of the connection. Blowing air is something of a weird behavior. You risk blowing moisture onto the contacts and corroding them.

This type of connection is very common. In PCs, most of the expansion cards are using the same type of connection. However, you'll almost never find a competent PC technician blowing into the contacts.

The act of removing and re-seating these connection will remove some oxidization of the contacts, push aside dust, and generally can fix a simple connection problem. In my own experience fixing PCs, re-seating RAM is a rather mundane task that can fix weird errors on a PC.

  • You are correct, this is not recommended at all. I added an answer that backs up what you say here, in case it is useful. – DarkCygnus Jan 21 '18 at 20:15
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Seems that Nelson's answer is right.

To further back up the fact that this was not actually a good idea, seems that Nintendo even warns about it. Found this label at the back of the Gamepack (how come I haven't noticed it before?):

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