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#1 redsteakraw OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:52 AM

So I received an Atari 2600 a while back and in the box was this.
 
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They seem to be chips but I have no cart to plug them in. Was piracy widespread when the 2600 was in it's prime and what would this be plugged into?

Here is another picture mind you I own proper carts for all of these titled carts. I am just interested on how this process worked.

 

t6qjTrW.jpg

 

What are your thoughts or information on this, have any of you found anything like this when collecting?



#2 Cambouis de l'Atari OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:57 AM

I guess you'd need something like this : )

 

http://atariage.com/...nd-flip-switch/



#3 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:39 AM

HOLY MACARONI 

 

What a great find! My little brain would have EXPLODED if I had something like this in the 1980s. Even the "Stella Gets A New Brain" CD form 1999 had that effect on me. 



#4 Rom Hunter OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:14 AM

What are your thoughts or information on this, have any of you found anything like this when collecting?

 

http://www.atarimani...cart_28458.html
 

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Edited by Rom Hunter, Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:16 AM.


#5 slab0meat OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:03 PM

Wow, that took me back.  A good friend of mine, very early on in the Atari lifecycle, had these chips.  Going (or staying) over at his house was sensory overload once it was gaming time.



#6 vcsrocks OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:54 PM

Piracy became a huge problem for Atari at some point (just look at markets like South America and Asia).  That's one of the reasons why they started to produce COB carts.

 

There were also the cart duplicators:

 

http://www.atarimani...p280_20312.html

 

but you still had to buy their "blank" carts, so if you had an eprom programmer it was like copying a tape...



#7 groundtrooper OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:47 AM

So I received an Atari 2600 a while back and in the box was this.
 
GWu9aaw.jpg

They seem to be chips but I have no cart to plug them in. Was piracy widespread when the 2600 was in it's prime and what would this be plugged into?

Here is another picture mind you I own proper carts for all of these titled carts. I am just interested on how this process worked.

 

t6qjTrW.jpg

 

What are your thoughts or information on this, have any of you found anything like this when collecting?

 

I didn't find this in the wild. But I bought it from from someone who did find it in the wild. 

 

Send them to me and I will test them in mine. ;)

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#8 vcsrocks OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:53 AM

 

I didn't find this in the wild. But I bought it from from someone who did find it in the wild. 

 

Send them to me and I will test them in mine. ;)

 

 

Wow, that was pirate with a system, not just any amateur :)

 

Great finding!







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