Did I just fry my Nintendo 64?

I recently bought a Nintendo 64 console online from America and since I live in Europe I plugged it into a unit that allows the american plugin to fit into our outlet (It works fine for my girlfriend’s hair-straightener and since I’m not that much of an electric-guy I figured it would do just fine).

Sadly, when I plugged it in, the entire electricity of the apartment shut down and I heard some weird noise (more of a pop) from the console, followed up with a blast of smoke.

I found out afterwards (smarty me afterwards) that our outlets are 220v but the console accepts 110v. I bought a converter but the console won’t turn on.

I’m thinking that I might have fried the console.

I did a quick research where a guy seems to be experiencing what I went through but I’m concerned whether It’s actually

  • Just the power supply.
  • Something within the console itself.
  • Something fixable.

Since it’s not obvious at all which answers turned out to be the problem solver.

What should I do?
I’m sorry if a mechanism question isn’t suitable here, just let me know.

Answer

The pop you heard was a popping capacitor, while the smoke was probably the chips frying. The system is almost certainly not salvagable (and even if it were, it would take significantly more time/effort than it’s worth).

Sorry, but you’ll have to buy a new N64. Be glad nothing else caught fire.

While you’re at it, throw out that adapter and buy a proper 230v/120v stepdown power supply – they’re cheap enough that it’s just not worth the danger of using an adapter
(Note: small power supplies should not be used with high-wattage appliances, like hair-straighteners)

Attribution
Source : Link , Question Author : Jonast92 , Answer Author : BlueRaja – Danny Pflughoeft

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