Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

107 Excellent


  • Rank
  • Birthday 05/19/1966

Contact / Social Media

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Port Townsend, WA, USA
  • Interests
    Cindy Margolis, The Oakland Raiders, Bowling (especially at the PBA level), Volkswagens, MiniDisc and its related technologies

Recent Profile Visitors

7,813 profile views
  1. ....and Scramble too, I was going to add this onto my last post but the edit button has been removed from the options list so I can't.
  2. I heard from AtGames and they sent me a couple of files and a video tutorial on how to get rid of the test screen, my system is running absolutely perfect right now but it sucks that the display of the games can only be in 4:3 format with black bars (or custom bars via the built-in options in the main menu, in which displays in 16:9 beautifully, but not the games themselves) as opposed to the AR3230 in which displayed in old-school SD but with my TV I was able to "stretch" the image (wide mode) so it would fit in the 16:9 ratio. But, the AR3050 plays all the games and once again I can play Space Rocks, Donkey Kong Arcade, and Chaotic Grill! on it but because I am using an HDMI jack hooked up to my Insignia 39" TV I am unable to have the "full-effect" audio that playing it back on my home a/v receiver (a 1990s Sony a/v receiver) allowed me to do with the AR3230 hooked up to it. Is AtGames going to introduce a hack or can someone here offer one up to "stretch" the 4:3 aspect the AR3050 displays to fit the full screen (16:9) as opposed to having those black bars left and right?
  3. I was wondering how many of you ran into this same problem as I have right now, I just got my new-in-open-box Atari Flashback 9 with HDMI on eBay, and hooked it up, and after the AtGames logo I get this bright red test screen (see pic for details), no matter if I have the SD card or want to access the built-in games, it won't get off the test screen, so what do I do???
  4. I looked up the problem and it seems like this is a common issue with the AR3050 (HDMI, HD) unit, it is a red test screen and I am not the only one who has this issue, so I contacted AtGames by both Facebook messenger and Hotmail/Outlook, and I hope to get an answer soon. Here is the exact letter I sent: Atari Flashback 9 only shows test screen - what do I do to get it to read properly? Dear Sirs, I just received my of the Flashback 9 from eBay (it was a new in open box purchase, $30 including shipping) , but when I boot her up after making all the connections I get a bright red (what appears to be a) test screen and no matter what I do none of the built-in games nor those on the SD card will display, what do I do? Thanks, Ray Jackson AtariAge user ID: BIGHMW
  5. Note that it's not how it displays that is the problem, it's that I can't get to any of the menus, let alone play any of my games, now you know why I bought the SD AR3230, because it was easy to understand, this unit, the AR3050, while looking great (especially when using the "wide" mode on my Insignia HDTV, in which I always use) I am unable to get it off of this (what appears to be a) somewhat test pattern as displayed in the last post, I just need help getting off of it so I can enjoy all of my games on it, I bought it so I can play all the games the AR3230 would not.
  6. I am having problems right away with my new-in-open-box FB9 with HDMI, when I boot her up (both with SD card in place and without), all I get is this and I don't know how to get it to read normal, let alone play any games what do I do??? it seems like this system is out of my technical realm, as I have pervasive developmental delay, even my late grandmother could not understand the VCR we gave her in Xmas in the 90s we had to send it back. I don't want to send this unit to Goodwill because I can't understand it, help me.
  7. I use an Insignia HDTV that does have that "stretch" (wide) mode as an aspect option
  8. I always thought it made it 4:3 anyways even when using the HDMI cord (by design as to replicate old-school) Does the AR3050 display full screen or do I have to reset my TV for it tdisplay fullscreen ("stretched" 4:3 to 16:9)
  9. https://www.ebay.com/itm/HDMI-To-RCA-Mini-Composite-1080P-Audio-Video-AV-CVBS-Adapter-Converter-For-TV/202638950374?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D6c5925f2bc9644b0aabe23a5f5917892%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D15%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D202704700271%26itm%3D202638950374&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A0abbf255-9202-11e9-9e9b-74dbd180ba4b|parentrq%3A6c222e3716b0abc068ce9d9affd50fc4|iid%3A1
  10. My Atari FB9 with HDMI has shipped out (I picked one up on eBay, new in open box for under $30 including shipping), I already own an old-school SD (non-HD/HDMI-compatible) composite-based a/v receiver I have had since the late 90s and have found this HDMI-to-RCA converter to work with her, so for all those who want to get the AR3050 (HDMI version) of the FB9, and want to (or have to) use it on an old-school a/v receiver or non-HD (SD) TV, here is the solution: https://www.ebay.com/itm/HDMI-To-RCA-Mini-Composite-1080P-Audio-Video-AV-CVBS-Adapter-Converter-For-TV/202638950374?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D6c5925f2bc9644b0aabe23a5f5917892%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D15%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D202704700271%26itm%3D202638950374&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A0abbf255-9202-11e9-9e9b-74dbd180ba4b|parentrq%3A6c222e3716b0abc068ce9d9affd50fc4|iid%3A1
  11. Yes fellow 5200 owners I know I've been out of the loop for quite a while, but with my Atari Flashback 9 I am slowly working my way back to getting my game face back on track, now, I own a 5200 CX53 trak-ball but have issues with her not working, so I was wondering if guys like atari-dna (who repaired my 2-port 5200 last year) or anyone else might be able to help me get it repaired? The issues involve non-responsive bubble contacts for the fire buttons on both sides, the optical reader on the ball not reading, and also those infamous keypads also not working, now, before go on eBay and get one for nearly twice the price for a used one, who can fix it for me so it works again? Or, does Best Electronics make a fix kit specifically for the trak-ball (like the fantastic gold-contact keypads like on the CX52 joysticks which work like a dream) or am I outta luck? I do not want to get rid of Big Sexy, not with her better graphics and the fact that I also own the VCS adapter and plan to reacquire (once I get more money from my job over at Safeway here in Port Townsend, I still have the SD cards for both) both the Harmony Encore and Atarimax Ultimate SD multicarts. With games like Tampest and Qix, both not available for any other systems (Tempest is available for the 2600 I can send a link for some mods done to the original "Blue Speedo" port done up last year that I picked up here on AA), and also the twin-stick games like Space Dungeon and Robotron, I am not giving up hope on her, she just needs a jumpstart and I need to get my game face back on that I USED TO HAVE in the 1980s where I could play every game great without turning it off after 5-10 minutes due to frustration like I do now. Whom can repair my CX53 trak-ball???
  12. Convinced to get the HDMI AR3050 but I am skeptical about the where the audio signal is going to, as there are no separate L/R audio jacks just the HDMI output and while my Insignia 720p HDTV has 3 HDMI inputs I am also a bit skeptical as to the display of the games, I have read that it's only read at a 4:3 ratio (with black bars left and right) as opposed to 16:9, where as the composite AR3230 "stretches" the 4:3 to display to fully fit to the 16:9 (full screen), especially since all of my SDTV (480i) components read the full screen as opposed to having black bars left and right like any HDMI-capable unit (like my Windows 7 laptop with DVD drive) would when it comes to displaying an SDTV 480i file/program Will the HDMI version read on the screen in 16:9 as it is 720p-capable or will it have those dreaded black bars to the left and right??? If it can do it then "game on"!!!
  13. How many of you own the (somewhat) Canadian-market Atari Flashback 9 model AR3230 with composite RCA a/v output so they can use it on their old-school (non-HD) setup??? I picked up one on eBay and am having compatibility issues with a few homebrews on my SD card, Space Rocks, the great Chaotic Grill!, and Scramble (all 32K files) will not work, however, Star Castle Arcade does work (also 32K), any advice or help??? Want to hear some input from fellow AR3230 owners like me.
  14. AR3230 (Canadian-market FB9 with composite RCA output I picked up on eBay as I use an older setup) owner checking in, No Space Rocks, Chaotic Grill! or Scramble. All 3 are 32K ROMS I obtained that worked on my old Harmony Encore multicart with the 2600 adapter on my 5200. Star Castle Arcade does work though New thread I just put up for all of us AR3230 unit owners: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/292036-atari-fb9-ar3230-canadian-version-w-rca-av-composite-owners-thread/
  • Create New...