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#3595687 Atari Flashback 7

Posted by StephenJ on Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:05 PM

Just noticed on the Target listing under [Item Details]...


  • "...Data Storage Capacity: 512MB Hard Drive Capacity..."
  • "...Output Type: S-Video..."

I know it's a mistake...but I wish it wasn't.

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#3554565 Nintendo Classic Mini announced

Posted by StephenJ on Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:54 PM

Thought I'd throw in my 2 cents...
Like many others, I’m glad (and shocked) to see something like this coming out of Nintendo. I’m confident that it will be a quality product and I hope will lead the way for other Mini releases. No doubt it will sell very well. However, with the Retro Freak and Retron 5 providing upscaling to HD, internal and exportable save states, multiple system ROM support, etc., the mini just doesn’t offer anything that makes it a must-buy for the likes of me. If there were just a few system-exclusives (maybe a couple new or non-released games…or an enhancement to a classic game) I would be more likely buy one. Looking cool on the shelf with my other retro stuff might not be enough motivation (notice I said "might").


All the best,

#3411262 Retro Freak firmware update

Posted by StephenJ on Fri Jan 8, 2016 5:13 PM

I think I have the second edition of the Retron5 (how to tell for sure?) but still managed to destroy a pin of the SNES cartridge connector.

Other than the three things I mentioned previously, I don't know an absolute way to tell ver1 from ver2...or even if all the improvements were done at the same time...sorry.
That's a real bummer about the pin breaking.
Although I haven't needed to test the service from Hyperkin (yet), I remember seeing a video (yeah another one) where a guy sent in his ver1 and it was repaired with vers2 parts.
Why not give it a try and send them an email? Maybe they'll make good for you too. Also, the service that you get might help other potential AA buyers of R5 or RF to decide which way to go. Just a thought.

Take care,

#3372639 Atari CX22 Troubles

Posted by StephenJ on Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:10 PM


You were right...in that I needed to use the TB enabled Missile Command. With that game the cursor tracks perfectly in the TB mode.



You were right...in suspecting that the firing problem was with the switches. I lifted the clear tape that holds down the dome contacts and I could see wear. With some cleaning, I was able to get one of them working...but not consistently. I'm going to order a couple new switches (CO20561-1) from Best Electronics...but, since my order has to at least $20, I have to wait until they get stock on something else I want to buy. 



I'm sure I speak for many other Atari enthusiast when I say...thanks for your (and Omegamatrix's) efforts in enabling the five (5) 2600 games for true trackball use (please don't stop).



Once again...Thanks guys for tag-teaming to help me out!!


#3281536 Mr.Do! and Burgertime 2600-time for an improved remake?

Posted by StephenJ on Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:09 PM


Just wondering...have you given the 2600 Burgertime project any more thought?




#3246892 Mr.Do! and Burgertime 2600-time for an improved remake?

Posted by StephenJ on Fri May 29, 2015 5:16 PM

"...I've thought quite a bit about doing more work on it..."



"...whether to keep hacking away at the original or just start from scratch..."

Knowing next to nothing about programming, I can't begin to give any advice. But based on other games that have been re-written from scratch (i.e. Donkey Kong, Pacman(s), Midevil Mayhem, etc), maybe the chances for the best results is for you to start with a clean slate. Bottom-line, either way, I'm glad you're giving it a try.




#3245062 Flashback Heavies (well...heavier anyway)

Posted by StephenJ on Tue May 26, 2015 4:23 PM

Hey everyone,

Just a quick share in case anyone is interested...

I own the Intellivision and Colecovision Flashbacks. Although I am satisfied with both of them, I've never liked how feather-light they are. Certainly not a big deal, so I never really planned on doing anything about it...until recently when I was replacing some old Levelor verticle blinds. I noticed that there are small weights that are sewed into the fabric at the bottom of each segment. I couldn't resist cutting out the flat pieces of metal and fitting them in the base of the Flashbacks. With a bit of Gorilla Glue, four of them (each) provides IMHO just the right amount of weight. The weights look huge in the photos but they are rather thin.The Flashbacks are still light-weights, but at least now it feels like there's something inside....and I could swear that the games play better! 



All the best,




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#3245022 Colecovision Flashback Arcade Ball Joystick Mod!

Posted by StephenJ on Tue May 26, 2015 3:19 PM

As seen in other threads...I decided to add a little more resistance to the control-stick (ball) by adding some foam to the mechanism (see photos). I decided to not use any glue and see if it holds up. I like the feel. I used a very soft foam so there isn't a huge change, but enough to make it feel a bit higher on the quality scale.


For what it's worth,



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#3243102 Colecovision Flashback Arcade Ball Joystick Mod!

Posted by StephenJ on Sat May 23, 2015 10:21 AM

Hey all,

Sorry if this has already been posted somewhere else in the forums...


Willie, of the Colecovision Podcast (and so many other podcasts) posted the following on Youtube:

My CVFB has seen very little action since I purchased it. Like so many others, I just couldn't deal with the low-seated door knob.

After seeing Willie's post, I decided to give this mod a try. It turned out great! It's just the right height and feels very comfortable.


Thanks Willie!


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#3241468 ColecoVision Flashback System

Posted by StephenJ on Wed May 20, 2015 2:20 PM

So glad you're giving it a try...got my fingers crossed.



#3237734 ColecoVision Flashback System

Posted by StephenJ on Thu May 14, 2015 12:57 PM


"...I'm also looking into adapting a Genesis controller to work with the CV Flashback; allowing you to use it for games that require both Colecovision side buttons?...trying to gauge interest here..."

To play the CV-FB games with a Genesis controller? What a question...Absolutely!

If you are starting a list...please put me on it!




#3237142 Controller Disc Cosmetic Repair

Posted by StephenJ on Wed May 13, 2015 1:47 PM

No problem at all...



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#3235769 Controller Disc Cosmetic Repair

Posted by StephenJ on Mon May 11, 2015 12:54 PM

Just a follow-up to my disc repair project...

I completed the final step, of using a non-thermal laminator, on the disc. It worked very well. After a little trimming, I put everything back together and the controller looks like new. Hopefully the plastic layer will hold-up to thumb wear-and-tear and won't shrink over time.


A big thank you to HunterZero for starting this thread and motivating me to attempt the repair.


All the best,


#3226974 Mr.Do! and Burgertime 2600-time for an improved remake?

Posted by StephenJ on Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:53 PM

River Patroller,

I've been hoping for quite a while that someone would attempt to make a better Burgertime for the 2600.

If you need someone to cheer you on..YOU GOT IT!!


All the best,


#3010138 Breaking news: Intellivision flashback coming to retail

Posted by StephenJ on Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:55 PM

"...those two games are on there by one of their alternate names..."



Thanks Bill