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.

  • in the case of the NES, faulty was normal. :)
    – Kip
    Oct 5, 2012 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, 2012 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, 2012 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, 2012 at 0:17

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