Finally, after months of searching, you find a new and sought after cartridge for your collection. You take it home, plug it in your system, and. . .nothing! The game appears to be dead. Maybe it’s just dusty. You take it out, blow on it, and try again. Still nothing. Your sense of euphoria has been dashed by a cruel jest of the fates. Or maybe not!

Just like everything else, cartridges get dirty over time. How dirty depends
mainly on the environment they’re kept in, but you probably only care whether they work or not.

Well, first let me suggest that you clean all the carts you find because some of the dirt on the contacts is going to stay in your console’s cartridge slot. Using only clean cartridges will help prolong your system’s life. (Think of it as “safe sex” for your video game system(s).)

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