Hey guys - I am so glad I got both a 2 and a 4 port 5200 - I believe there are some significant differences in design (besides the power and the ports and the PCB) - before I got my 2 port - I thought carts I bought on eBay were busted and people were selling broken stuff (hiding behind the untested disclaimer) - turns out all the carts work just fine --- ON MY 2 PORT. My latest issue are SEGA carts. The original silver box Atari carts fit nicely and so do the parker brothers carts - both in the 2 and 4 port, however SEGA carts do not go in easily in my 4 port. They just get stuck in the 4 port, they never get seated correctly. I actually had to take the chip out of one cart (Star Trek) to convince myself - and just insert the chip and as I hoped it worked. After reassembling the case and the chip, I found that pressing a bit harder I was able to get it to seat correctly in my 4 port, but not without significant pressure on inserting and pulling it out, possible future damaging my 5200.
NOW fast forward some months and I buy more Sega Games - Conogo Bongo and Buck Rogers. I insert them in my 4 port - they don't work - too tight, not seated correctly. I put them in my 2 port - work as expected and fit super smooth. There is definitely some sort of slight design flaw in the cart bay on the 4 port. With the naked eye - they look exactly the same, touch and feel - they feel the same. BUT push a Sega cart in and the 4port sticks and the 2 port is easy.
Any one experience this?
Also if any of you have seen this thread - http://atariage.com/...ort-atari-5200/- Miner 2049er works in my 2 port and not my 4 port - even after switching / swapping every IC between both units that were socket-ed on the board - ok is there a chance of a bad soldered IC - maybe - but just specific to Miner 2049er???? Come on!
Now it was stated somewhere on this forum hat someone got miner working on a 4 port - BUT I am curious -- there are 2 miners out there - 1 with a picture label (red case) and one with a gold writing only label (red case). Perhaps there is a difference in the revision of one of those carts??
The one that did not work in the 4 port was the picture label.
Any way that is that.