Step 6: Press Start

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I had no idea that NES game cartridges were 8-track-tape based!
Not sure what you're referring to there, but I&nbsp;(and many others, I'm sure)&nbsp;can verify that there is absolutely no magnetic tape in a NES&nbsp;cartridge.&nbsp; The problem the author is solving is directly related to the the pins in the cartridge no longer making good contact with the interface inside the NES&nbsp;unit.&nbsp; By wedging the folded card (or any other shim, for that matter)&nbsp;between the cartridge and the slot it is forcing the cart into making contact with the internal pins.&nbsp; The fix the author presents is a good temporary work-around but the only way to permanently fix the issue is to open the NES up and bend the pins in the cartridge slot back into their normal operating position.<br />
It was a joke.&nbsp; I'm rather old and when I wqas young there were 8-track tape players in cars.&nbsp; Do you know how an 8-track was set up?&nbsp; It was basically a magnetic tape around 4 times as wide as a cassette.&nbsp; As the tape played, the head read two of the tracks, forming stereophonic sound.&nbsp;&nbsp; Once it reached the end of the tape, the head moved to the next set of tracks. &nbsp;Each tape had 4 channels consisting of two tracks each.&nbsp; If you picture eight horizontal parallel lines one on top of each other, channel 1 consisted of the head reading lines 1 and 5, channel 2 read lines 2 and 6, etc.&nbsp; The tape itself was a huge loop and when the tape came to the splice, that signaled it to change channels.&nbsp; As the player or tape got old, we had to stick paper matchbooks between the tape cartridge and the player slot to act as a shim and get the tracks to properly align with the head.&nbsp; Usually what would happen was the left speaker was playing songs from one&nbsp;channel and the right would be playing songs from another channel.&nbsp; And the best song on an album (another long story: albums) would be split between two channels.
I get you there. While I&nbsp;wasn't around in their heyday, I&nbsp;remember 8-tracks - a friend of my parents had quite the collection. I never saw anyone jam a matchbook in between the cart and the slot to get it to play properly, which is why the joke just went *WHOOSH* over the top of my head.&nbsp; Either way, it sounds like both methods are a temporary fix. :)<br />
Matchbook are so useful. I&nbsp;stick them in the coin slot of the cart at my local grocery store to have the cart for free :)<br />
lol...You must be Canadian.&nbsp; When my brother moved to Canada he told me about having to pay for a shopping cart, and I was dumbfounded.&nbsp; Silly Canuks.&nbsp; ;)&nbsp; <br />
What part of Canada? We don't pay for our shopping carts in Toronto.<br>I've never heard of it. Must be out west.
in central canada we do, in SK shopping carts can temporarily cost you $1.
in the Uk and many other parts of Europe they do this too, trying to reduce the number of trolleys people steal, unfortunately,the slots don't know the difference between a coin and a coin sized plastic disc...
not everywhere does that, so far none seen
Paying for shopping carts? I blame Bubbles! <br /> <br /> He really needs to find a better way to make money besides steeling shopping carts.
Yeah I am&nbsp; Canadian lol.<br /> We don't have to pay everywhere, and most of the place, you get your cash back when you return it. They did this because kid from school stole them.<br />
Me no speak text. English?
I found a bunch of NES's on Ebay with this problem! Imma get one!
This is more of a hack than a permanent solution.
The best game on the market.
Wow. Your ingenuity is magical.<br />
(Still plugging Duane Reade?) This reminds me of VHS, I guess you might adjust the tracking in a similar way?<br /> <br /> L<br />

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