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#1 travistouchdown OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:10 PM

So I bought some 2600 controller extension cables from Amazon or Ebay or somewhere a while back and they worked for a while but are generally terrible.

 

They form a loose connection so unless you plug them in just right (or move during gameplay) then all of a sudden you can go right but not left playing River Raid.  Also if you attach them wrong you will push individual pins in and have to pull them out with a set of tweezers.

 

I'm playing a lot more 2600 these days and i'm looking for a permanent solution.  Anyone know someone who sells high quality extension cables that last?



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Posted Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:13 PM

I use the retro bit genesis extension cable for my atari and its given me no problems, if you've only been searching "2600 extension" you might have missed them.

#3 travistouchdown OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:23 PM

Thank you! Nothing worse than a dog connection.

#4 travistouchdown OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:28 PM

I use the retro bit genesis extension cable for my atari and its given me no problems, if you've only been searching "2600 extension" you might have missed them.


Have a link par chance?

#5 FireStar OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:41 PM

https://www.amazon.c...e/dp/B0089ZLXHW
amazon is this first thing that comes up in a google search but it looks like they're widely available if you prefer to buy from somewhere else

#6 AW127 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:13 PM

I also make the experience, that the joystick-autofire don`t work with some extension-cables. So you should take care of this and ask the seller before, when you buy new ones.

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Posted Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:43 PM

We sell a 6 foot DB9 extension cable as well.  Our primary reason for buying/stocking these things is to lop off the heads and turn them intro controller cords.  In my observation:

 

1. Whatever the brand name, they all come from one of two factories in China

2. The actual conductors in each of the nine internal wires are ridiculously small, so with some of them there is enough line loss as to screw up performance if you connect two in a row.

3. Quality is all over the place.  We bought a case of 300 last year from one factory for the Coleco project and at least one conductor has been a fail in probably half of the 300.  So not only do you have to take the time to test every pin in every cable, half of them were $ down the drain.  :-(

 

Anyhow, here is ours:

http://edladdin.com/...rd-ec-3-001.htm



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Posted Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:51 PM

I had been thinking about getting some extension cables, but I've found it much easier to just keep the 2600 within reach, at least for player 1. I mean, you have to hit select, reset and power anyway. The second player might find an extension to be useful though, if they don't want to sit near you for some reason.. If cable quality is an issue, which it seems to be, it might be easier to make your own cables, if you can solder and don't mind them looking a little odd. Of course, I'd rather have nice looking cables, but function beats looks, most of the time. :)

 

Random thought of the night- I spend WAY too much time on the forums. :-D



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Posted Sat Aug 19, 2017 6:39 AM

I use the retro bit genesis extension cable for my atari and its given me no problems, if you've only been searching "2600 extension" you might have missed them.


Same here. The Genesis ones are way cheaper than 2600 and work just as well. I scored a two-pack from Nintendo Player's Choice on eBay for $9.85 total. Looks like the current price is $10.95...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/380817415947

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Posted Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:02 PM

I've kept one plugged into the left controller port constantly, not cause I need a longer cord but just to avoid wear on the console and also have a bit more accessible port for swapping controllers. .. Eventually I'll have it lead instead to an old db9 switch box with four ports, and never unplug it again.

Mine was the Genesis one I got with my AtariVox+ (for Vectrex) when it was sold by thegoldenaxe. I've never had a problem with it.

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Posted Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:44 PM

Or you don't need extension cables.  Just get a phono female/female coupler and couple it with a long rca cord to hook up to the tv.  And a long power extension cord.  Then keep the console next to you.  And then the built in controller cord without any extension is long enough.  And no need for extensions.



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Posted Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:13 AM

I got some bitd when I was making arcade sticks, but the molded ones quickly disappeared, now all I find are the computer ones, work fine, tend to be good quality, I just don't like the screws on the sides.

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What the above dude said though, get a longer TV cable, its a plug in rca cable, or you could get an f adapter and however many feet of coax you need.

Edited by Video, Sun Aug 20, 2017 10:16 AM.






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