Cartridge based consoles generally hold up much better than Cd based consoles for reasons ranging from faulty lasers to moving parts or gears breaking. Cartridge consoles do however have problems arise after years of constant use. The Nintendo 64 is no exception. If taken care of the system malfunctioning is very rare, this tough system can withstand falls from high places like no other and the pins are tough as nails. Dust however, can cause your console to refuse to play. Some simple remedies to this problem are as follows. The first step is always to clean the cartridge with q-tips and rubbing alcohol. Be sure to get every corner and every bit of dust of the pins. If green corrosion is present simply use a nail file to remove it. Try to avoid hitting pins that have no corrosion and then use the qtip and rubbing alcohol to remove excess corrosion. Any stains or smudges on the actual cartridge can be removed with a magic eraser and some alcohol. Make sure to wipe away all excess dirt with a paper towel. If the reset button becomes stuck, you must take the console apart and scrub down the button with a toothbrush.