The Atari 2600 is the system that started it all for Atari, and is by far the most popular classic gaming console. This forum covers all 2600 systems produced by Atari, as well as 2600-compatible consoles produced by third-parties.
The Atari 5200 was Atari's second cartridge-based game console. Based on the Atari 8-bit computer line and labeled the "SuperSystem", the 5200 was Atari's answer to growing competition in a market they were losing control over.
The Atari 7800 ProSystem is a contemporary of the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Master System. Based on extensive feedback from Atari customers, the 7800 features a streamlined design, backward compatibility with the 2600, a powerful graphics processor, and simplified controllers.
Lynx was Atari's first portable game system, and world's first color handheld. It was designed by Epyx and the engineers who created the Amiga. Ahead of its time, the Lynx sported a backlit color screen, stereo sound (in model 2) and an impressive range of games. Check out our rarity guide or explore many games listed on Atari Gamer.
Atari's last game console, the Atari Jaguar represented a huge leap in technology from previous offerings. Featuring a 64-bit architecture, the Jaguar had great potential, but its power was difficult to tap. Even then, many great games were released and the Jaguar has an avid fan base today.
Before Atari produced the famous 2600, they created many standalone consoles such as Pong, Speedway, and Stunt Cycle. Recently, Atari has been creating new dedicated consoles, such as the Atari Flashback.
Ever wondered about all those games that were announced but never released? Or games that have been discovered over the years that no one even knew existed? Or have you discovered a new prototype that no one's seen yet? Here's the place to talk about prototype games, led by Tempest of AtariProtos.com.
Many of us grew up pumping quarters into arcade games, and here's where you can discuss all your favorites. From Pong to Pinball to the latest arcade games, if it has a coin slot, then you're at the right place!
This forum is for discussion of hardware at a more technical level than you'll find in the other forums. If you have a hardware question you'd like to ask or have some interesting knowledge you'd like to share with others, post it here!
Use this forum to discuss auctions on eBay. Have something up for auction you'd like to share? Post it here! You can also highlight amusing, off-the-wall, or interesting auctions that others may want to hear about!
Use this forum to discuss gaming events of all types, including expos revolving around classic gaming, events catering to modern systems, arcade expos, and local gatherings of collectors getting together or a day of gaming.
Here you can talk about homebrew games that don't have their own forums allocated (which will be most of them). Have an idea for a game that you'd like to see someone program? Are you programming a game and want some feedback? Discuss it here!
The programming forums are technical discussions of programming various classic gaming consoles. The more popular consoles have their own dedicated programing forums, so please only use this forum for topics that fall outside of those forums.
A hack is an existing game that has somehow been modifed in terms of graphics, colors, sounds, and/or gameplay. If you've modified a game and would like to share it with others, or have an idea for a modification you'd like to see done to an existing game, you can discuss it here.
Bought a 1994 Corvette C4 as a cheap "summer beater." It's been fun so far taking it apart and working on it. Should be ready to hit the road in a week or two and the targa top is staying OFF for the summer! Just need a Ron Jon's surf shop sticker for the back to complete the 90's look.
Polo green with tan leather interior; LT1 V8 (300HP). 101k miles, paid $4500 for it. Fun project to fiddle with and enjoy both by myself and with my older daughter. Wife thinks it's ugly but.....she's hard to please. lol
Yeah, my extended 80 column card was showing random patterns on the screen for half a second every time I typed a single character, so I thought it must be a ram chip with a bad connection. I reseated all 8 of them, and guess what? It doesnt work at all now.
They're 4264s which are difficult to find but apparently it's compatible with the 4164 which are readily available. The 80 column card didn't work when i got it in the first place, but it worked after cleaning the socket and connector thoroughly and reseating and cleaning the ram chips and sockets. So when I have time I'll probably take it apart, do that, and hopefully it'll work again. In other news, the weirdest thing is, when I ran a system check later, I found I had 128 kilobytes of ram!
I have the chance to buy a 1050 diskdrive..no cables or any idea if it works for $20. Should I do it? I'm thinking that even if it doesn't work, I'd like to have the case for that price if I am not able to repair it(if it doesn't work)
found an atari video music, powers up but doesn't display anything, plan to recap it, but this is when I miss Radio shack the most, I what would have been like 3 dollars in components and I could get them today.
I know a dead proprietary chip is bad news, and unfortunately I don't think atari video music is popular enough that a reproduction will ever be made. Though even like a 50 dollar repro chip would be worth it to bring these things back.
the video actually seems to make things look good, I get just a stable blank screen so I hope that it is the opamps or the caps.
actually I opened it up, has some clearly blown caps, so hopefully we are looking at an easy fix