I finally got my hands on an NES Test Station. I won this one on eBay. It was in non-working condition. In the description the seller said that it didn’t power on so I figured why not try to win it, it sounds like a fun little project if the price is right.
Once I got the test station I traced the “no powering on problem” to a bad power supply. I found another working power supply on eBay for $10 plus shipping. It required a little soldering and splicing wires to replace it but it was pretty simple. Once I got the new power supply in, the test station turned on so it was time to “test the test station”.
I did find a problem with the Control Deck test area. I ended up having to resolder the wiring for the A/V inputs because they were not working. Luckily, that was the only other thing I had to fix. It was a fun project and this is something I’ve been wanting for a long time.
The NES Test Station tests the following items:
- NES Control Deck
- Game Pak (Game Cartridge)
- RF Switch
- Audio / Video Composite Cables (The Red / Yellow RCA Cables)
- Accessories (NES Controllers, ROB the Robot, Zapper light gun, & Power Pad Mat)
This is one of my favorite pieces of my game collection. It’s very rare and you don’t see them for sale a lot and when you do they are pretty expensive.
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That thing is definitely cool. Im assuming this is the unit that they had at the official repair stations. We had taken ours to a repair station in the early 90s and I do remember it working for a while there after.