Jump to content

Photo

Atari 2400? Have a video output question...


7 replies to this topic

#1 COREi64 OFFLINE  

COREi64

    Space Invader

  • 40 posts

Posted Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:25 AM

Hello.  Been looking around the forum for a while and since my general question is hardware related, thought I may as well put it here.

 

I bought my original Atari 2600 (six switch) back around 1979, and ended up having it for a few years before I moved on to a VIC-20.  Having had fond memories of the old gaming platform, I thought I'd get myself one again.  Ended up finding an Atari 2400.  Huh?  I never recalled seeing one of those.  I bought it anyways more out of curiosity than anything else.  Figured if it was a mis-labelling and I got a 2600, then I'd have what I wanted.  It ended up being cheap ($40.00 for that and a couple of boxes of other retro computer stuff and games).  Turns out what appears to be an Atari 2600 Vader edition pictured on the cover of the box is actually an Atari 2600.  Came with the joysticks, power supply and some games.  Even went so far as to order the Harmony Encore in preparation for some fun future gaming action.  The machine has been sitting around untested for some time now, and this past weekend I found some time to plug it in and try it.

 

Before I got to that point, I completely spaced on the fact that this thing only puts out RF.  Geez.  I don't own a TV that accepts that anymore.  So, there goes my testing attempt.

 

Here comes my hardware question.

 

I've been looking around, and there appears to be MANY different hardware solutions to give you composite all the way up to RGB, depending on the device/method you choose.

 

I was wondering if anyone could suggest the "best" available option which produces the best results.  I'm of course not opposed to opening up the unit and doing some soldering if that's what's needed to get the best quality signal and color being displayed on a modern LED TV.  The goal for me is to buy a solution that works the best ... ONCE... rather than trying a bunch of different solutions and not being happy with any of them.

 

So, any thoughts would be greatly appreciated if you have an available solution that you're pleased with.  Would love to hear about it.

 

Thanks for reading my ramblings...

 

Thomas



#2 Osgeld OFFLINE  

Osgeld

    River Patroller

  • 3,390 posts
  • Location:Nashville, TN

Posted Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:48 PM

First I would see if it works you can twist a rca Jack to a cable TV cable and plug it in that way

#3 COREi64 OFFLINE  

COREi64

    Space Invader

  • Topic Starter
  • 40 posts

Posted Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:52 PM

Here are some pictures of the box and unit, for those who have never seen an Atari 2400 box before...

 

IMG_7976.jpg
 
IMG_7977.jpg
 
IMG_7978.jpg
 
IMG_7979.jpg
 
IMG_7980.jpg
 
IMG_7981.jpg


#4 fujidude OFFLINE  

fujidude

    River Patroller

  • 4,456 posts
  • Location:United States of America

Posted Wed Mar 16, 2016 3:42 PM

What is this?  (scratching head).



#5 Osgeld OFFLINE  

Osgeld

    River Patroller

  • 3,390 posts
  • Location:Nashville, TN

Posted Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:01 PM

there's a few threads about the 2400, it was distributed by another company in Canada 



#6 COREi64 OFFLINE  

COREi64

    Space Invader

  • Topic Starter
  • 40 posts

Posted Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:26 PM

So, nobody has done a video upgrade to their 2600 that they're happy with?



#7 rayik OFFLINE  

rayik

    Moonsweeper

  • 313 posts
  • Location:US

Posted Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:59 AM

2600RGB from Tim Worthington. See: http://etim.net.au/2600rgb/

I have one but have not yet installed it. He also makes the NESRGB. I installed that in a NES and using an upscaler it provides a perfect picture. No reason why the 2600RGB should not also do that. Same design theory.

#8 COREi64 OFFLINE  

COREi64

    Space Invader

  • Topic Starter
  • 40 posts

Posted Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:29 AM

2600RGB from Tim Worthington. See: http://etim.net.au/2600rgb/

I have one but have not yet installed it. He also makes the NESRGB. I installed that in a NES and using an upscaler it provides a perfect picture. No reason why the 2600RGB should not also do that. Same design theory.

 

Thank-you very much for your comment.  Looks like a great device.  I've been looking around a lot, and there certainly are a wide range of options.  This one seems like the most "engineered" solution I've seen.  If you've had success with their NESRGB device, I agree that you should likely have the same success.

 

I definitely do need something better than the RF output.  Managed to get a TV to hook it up to, and by today's standards the RF output is sad.  

 

I'll post when I get one!

 

Thomas






0 user(s) are browsing this forum

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users