Greetings again everyone,
I attempted a composite mod using the simple 2N3904 Transistor and the 2.2k and 3.3k resistors. I think it went well, until I did more researching.
Unfortunately I was using a tutorial that ended up being for a PAL 2600 Vader vs. NTSC Vader (http://mrpjevans.com...the-atari-2600/) and I believe I removed 2 extra components that I shouldn't have and now I am wondering if this is what's causing a not so clear picture. I believe the 2 components are the R222 (12 K Resistor) and the C209 (47pF capacitor), although I could have sworn it was the same shape as a resistor (like this one from this pic http://vintagegaming...06/IMG_1627.jpg)? I also watched several videos and some people also removed these components on their NTSC 2600, so again, not sure if this is ok or really matters? I also made a rookie mistake and just removed and trashed these components and didn't even take a picture, I guess I wasn't thinking that day unfortunately as I am usually good about taking pics and saving everything.
Anyway, I do get a better picture than I got with the RF but it just seems a little blurry or washed out. When it's on Black and White, it looks great, not grainy or anything. I will post some pics at the end of this post. I did adjust the color pot to as close as I could comparing it to an emulator on my LCD TV using Pitfall.
So I guess my next question is, did I mess up something and should I try to put back the R222 and C209 parts?
I also read that to get the best composite video, you should use the mods that tie into the TIA chip, like they have at this website (http://electronicsen...mbled Mods.html). Are these better and should I just go with this one? If so, do I then not need to worry about the R222 and C209?
Apologies for all the questions as I am lost now and hope the experts here can help. I am getting a replacement TIA chip as mine has issues with the Player 2 paddle, so not sure if this could also be a cause to the picture quality.
Lastly, I also read where some have replaced a few components to produce a better picture (http://atariage.com/...-2600-variants/). Should I try this as I do have all these components?
Thanks again for any and all help and guidance. Who knows, maybe this is how it should look (I'm hoping but doubt it LOL)?
What my board looks like after the mod:
Pics on my CRT:
Pics on my LCD TV: