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Message started by ludditesoft on 15. Jan 2008 at 16:20

Title: NES Tools
Post by ludditesoft on 15. Jan 2008 at 16:20
Hey there,

I'm trying to find the proper screw driver to remove the screws on the back of the NES cart. No hardware store I've been to seems to have a screw driver as fine as the one I need. Anyone know where I can get one? Do I need to order online?

Title: Re: NES Tools
Post by Michael the Great on 15. Jan 2008 at 23:24
You want a gamebit bit 3.8 mm. If you want to open gamecubes, n64's, snes's, get the 4.5 mm too. If you want to open virtual boys, you'll need a long 4.5 mm one (regular won't reach far enough with the driver). Ebay gamebit and you'll find them.

Title: Re: NES Tools
Post by ludditesoft on 16. Jan 2008 at 14:58
I think you're saying to open up the console. I mean the cartridge. I have 3.0 mm for the cart and it's slightly too large. Radio Shack said they don't have anything smaller than the 3.0mm.

Title: Re: NES Tools
Post by NationalGameDepot on 16. Jan 2008 at 15:56
3.8 mm opens the carts up, that or a flat head screw driver on some of them.  All you need is phillips head driver for the consoles.  SNES and several other systems us a 4.2mm bit.  You can snag a set of both sizes for like 10 bucks on ebay, well worth the money.
~~NGD

Title: Re: NES Tools
Post by ludditesoft on 16. Jan 2008 at 17:57
On all the carts I own, they are flat heads and the 3.0 mm flat screw driver is too large it seems.

Title: Re: NES Tools
Post by NationalGameDepot on 16. Jan 2008 at 18:51
All 5 screw games have the flat head ones, and "most" of the 3 screw carts have the security screws that you will need the 3.8mm security bit for.
~~NGD

Title: Re: NES Tools
Post by Skipper_Lucky11 on 17. Jan 2008 at 06:58
I dont think you guys are answering this guys question at all.

Title: Re: NES Tools
Post by NationalGameDepot on 17. Jan 2008 at 09:11
I think your right Skipper.  All he needs to do is go to like Sears or Walmart and buy a set of small screwdrivers....I use a small craftsman one which had to have come from Sears.  Even those shitty 5 packs from the dollar store would do the trick.
~~NGD

Title: Re: NES Tools
Post by ludditesoft on 17. Jan 2008 at 14:56
You answered my question just fine, I'm just a little confused. You say I need a 3.8mm when I'm trying out the 3.0mm and it won't work. I don't know how a larger screwdriver will work. But maybe my set is mislabeled. But I know for sure Radio Shack does not have the right screw driver. I suppose I'll Home Depot a try, I don't have a Sears. Sorry, if I sound like I'm being difficult, I'm just frustrated is all. I appreciate the input you are all giving me.

Title: Re: NES Tools
Post by Skipper_Lucky11 on 18. Jan 2008 at 02:17
lol yeah the dollar store 5 packs is what I use to get into stuff lol hah

Title: Re: NES Tools
Post by Michael the Great on 02. Feb 2008 at 19:49
I misunderstood completely. My apologies for confusing. There are two types of screws used on nes carts.

One type is a small philips screw that also fit a small flat screwdriver head. For these screws, you just need to find a small flathead screwdriver. I don't know the size you need for these. I think the screwdriver I use says craftsman on it (which came from Sears). Home Depot should have something too. Take a cart with you if you're afraid to guess or buy one of those $10 sets that has a million sizes.

The other type is a security screw that needs a special screw driver or bit to open. The security bit is commonly called a "gamebit" and the size is 3.8mm. Since you were having trouble getting your carts open, I assumed you needed this.

Title: Re: NES Tools
Post by downloader on 06. Sep 2008 at 16:14
I think the best thing you could do is take a (BIC) ballpoint pen, heat it with a cigarette lighter, place it on the screw (press it) and let it cool down.
After that just (unr)screw like it's a screwdriver.
It's how I opened up a SNES and some Nes, Snes and GameGear cartridges.

Title: Re: NES Tools
Post by NESaholic on 17. Sep 2008 at 07:10
Hahah that's pretty amazing downloader. I still need a screwdriver but i have a zillion BIC pens to waste also. ::)

Title: Re: NES Tools
Post by Johnathan Yates on 16. Oct 2014 at 10:36

downloader wrote on 06. Sep 2008 at 16:14:
I think the best thing you could do is take a (BIC) ballpoint pen, heat it with a ecig e hose lighter, place it on the screw (press it) and let it cool down.
After that just (unr)screw like it's a screwdriver.
It's how I opened up a SNES and some Nes, Snes and GameGear cartridges
.

Thanks for sharing out the easy process..I was facing some issue and I think now it will sort out..

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