I pulled my N64 out of the garage after 5 or 6 years of disuse and now it hardly plays games. I got Pokemon Snap working for about a half hour (in which time it operated perfectly) and then it cut out I haven't been able to get it to show the N64 logo at all.
Besides cleaning the contacts in the system (having ruled out the cartridge by now) with a q-tip and rubbing alcohol, are there other things I should be doing to get an N64 back into shape? Any components which are prone to fail, or which I should test?
I know. It mostly wasn't up to me, just the conditions that my possessions ended up in whilst I was off to college. And I believe it's only been in the garage for a year or two, so I'm not sure that's even a major factor.
My mom doesn't know any better and I'm down to buy another N64 if I have to; just wanna know what I should do now that I'm having issues.
You could take a quick look at the capacitors to see if any of them are swollen.
It's just dust. Don't waist your time with capacitors or anything. N64s will not play with a dirty cart, and garages are perfect for making shit dusty. Lots of things that create dust in a garage & lots of things to constantly stir up that dust.
Get some Q-tips & rubbing alcohol & clean your cart's contacts. Dont wait for it to dry it's rubbing alchohal it's non-conductive. If it still doesn't work put lots of rubbing alchohal on the cart pop it in & out then clean it it'll clean the N64's contacts. If you wanna get best results get some contact cleaner & spray it on the pins inside your system & pop a cart in & out then clean it. It'll work good as new.