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  1. I have the Encore version, but a lot of ROMs give it problems and some will work with one 2600 and not another. I know Star Castle Arcade has a special version needed to work with the Encore (which is the one I have).
  2. Does Venture reloaded need a special file to run on the Harmony? My Harmony just hangs when I load the ROM.
  3. I had this same problem... It was the TV. I needed to change the channel and then change it back or turn the TV off, turn on the 7800, then turn the TV on. If i switch games, when I turn off the 7800, put a new game in and turn it back on, the 7800 is in B&W. It only happens with one of my 7800s. But I suggest you not touch the pots before trying just changing the channel (AKA, the 7800 needs to be putting out the signal FIRST) I don't know if it will help, but if it does, it's a lot easier than messing with the pots.
  4. Speaking of which, I wish someone would port DKII to the 7800. It's such a rare upgrade to an arcade game made in the modern era by a "homebrewer" Or at least something new but added to an arcade game as a kind of "plus" version while still keeping the look and feel of the original.
  5. Did the Soviets have some kind of unlicensed Atari clone? Their arcade games were way behind ours. Most of the ones I've seen (on the Internet, never been there) are electromechanical type stuff. Did most people have TVs in the late 70s? I saw a Soviet propaganda film cartoon that was making a huge deal out rural electrification. I think IIRC, that it was from around 1970.
  6. I'll have to take it apart again and check, but if it didn't break off clean at the ball, I wonder if I could sleeve it and epoxy the sleeve. By sleeve I mean a metal pipe (tube) which could have both sides of the broken metal shoved inside and epoxied in that position. That would probably work, but only if both ends have some meat to shove into the pipe/tube. I watched a YT video of someone fixing the same problem, but they had better tools than me. I'm thinking it would require a drill press to drill out the ball (the hole must be perfectly straight) and then shove a new shaft into the ball.
  7. I have a couple of TAC 2 joysticks, one of which has a broken ball. There's a steel shaft inside attached to the stick that ends in a metal ball. It's all one piece. The steel shaft broke clean off and the ball is sitting in the hole. Is there an easy fix besides welding the thing? I don't know how to weld, I don't have a welder and, I think it is pot metal and wouldn't weld very well anyhow. The one that works is outstanding. It's my new favorite joystick. I'd love to get the second one working well.
  8. Yep, Philadelphia. I used to go to the one in the Roosevelt mall the most. I bought my 1541 disk drive there. It was right next door to Toys R Us, where I used buy games. Strawbridges were their parent store and that was the first credit card I have ever had. Clover was kind of a more upscale Kmart, but no Strawbridges. Probably comparable to Target. A rather pricey big-box store. My Atari was purchased at a different Clover store right by the Sears I mentioned in my other comment. I think it was the Rising Sun Plaza.
  9. Having restaurants inside department stores was pretty common here. The local K Marts had them too. Two Guys had them and Clover had them. They were the major big box stores around here at the time. The one in K Mart was like a cafeteria. IIRC, the restaurant in the Sears was both. They had sit-down service and stand in line and get your food on a cafeteria tray and go sit down section too. Unfortunately, the neighborhood that Sears was in took a nosedive in the later mid 80s. They were losing more in shoplifting than they were making selling stuff. Vandalism. They had a large 4 story parking garage they had to shut down because women were being attacked in it at night. Toughs hanging in the parking lot (which was enormous). They even shut down the whole distribution center. I worked in the distribution center for a summer, but that was after the store had already closed. That was like 91 or 92, right before they closed it. They were arresting workers every single day for stealing out of the warehouse.
  10. I think it would have depended on if "Little PAM" was significantly less expensive. Perhaps if they could have got the cost down enough with a board redesign or something, but that doesn't seem probable that it could have been done then. $269 in 1982 was a decent chunk of change. So if a redesign that was smaller could be sold for under $200, especially if they could have included a 2600 adapter for that sub 200 price, then, yea, I would say it could have helped a lot. The Colecovision was selling for $175 While Coleco was using off the shelf chips, Atari was using its own chips. One assumes their own chips were cheaper for them. Though, as I understand it, the 5200 used 3 custom chips plus a 6502 while the Colecovision was only using 3 chips all together. I don't think its size was holding it back much. It's big compared to other game systems, but it's not exactly an arcade cabinet. In 1982, there were still large top loading VCRs being sold. Only as it relates to pricing do I think the size hurt it.
  11. I think the trick with the little cartridge opening tabs lasting is the fact that they receive almost no forces. I have never found anything to be good for fixing broken plastic other than reinforcement with metal. Like if you have something long like a handle, I drill it out and then epoxy a length of metal inside the drilled out hole running the length. Like if the case neatly cracked, I would JB weld a thin piece of aluminum or steel sheet-metal to the inside while the crack is clamped closed because no glue would ever hold it. I've tried every glue and epoxy known to man. It just doesn't repair well. Even when there is a very rough and perfectly clean surface, all glues I have tried fail immediately when any pressure is applied. Many plastics cannot be welded either. They (certain ones) undergo chemical changes the first time they are melted so that melting them again doesn't produce the same properties. Also, these types of plastics will be used when tolerating heat is a property the end product needs to have. If my other tab comes off, I am probably going to try your trick of using the Sugru. I'll cut some small lengths of paper-clip. Heat the paperclip pieces up till they melt into the plastic of the slot and stick up like rebar out of the plastic and then cover the metal pieces with Sugru shaped to the shape of the tabs. I used to use the paperclip trick to repair plastic hinges on laser printers.
  12. What trak-ball works with the 7800 Centipede original commercial release? The 2600 Millipede and Centipede hacks for the trackball are outstanding! Breathes a whole new breath of life into the games. I got new high scores in both of them. The control is excellent. Did a great job. The Missile Command, really not so much, though it's not really the trackball's (hack's) fault, I don't think. It doesn't allow you to shoot fast enough. I think it was limited to 2. I saw there was an "arcade missile command" hack, but it says no trackball support. Haven't had a chance to play it yet. I have also not played Missile Command on a regular basis in quite a long time.
  13. I lived near the major Sears distribution center in Philadelphia, which was attached to a very large Sears store. It was 3 floors and just absolutely enormous. I think it was the biggest store I have ever been in. The current property holds a home depot, a Walmart, a shopping center and a bunch of individual stores and restaurants , but that includes the warehouse space. They had a catalog pick up part as well. On the lowest floor, which was a basement was the electronics section complete with all the displays and on the top floor was a full sized arcade. They had about 10-15 arcade machines and like 5 pinball machines. So it was straight to the arcade and then after blowing my allowance on arcade machines it was down to the game kiosks. They had a restaurant in there too.
  14. I super-glued mine (probably dollar tree level stuff) in the 90s or early aughts and one of them is still on it. You only need one. Also, IIRC, I used a Combat or Pac Man cartridge for the piece. The early carts all have the same mechanism, just with the pins in different places. The cart opens the Atari and the Atari opens the cart. The 2600 Jr is the best 2600. I like the Tele-Games Heavy 6er better, the but the Jr puts out a much better signal, even after cleaning the channel select switch.
  15. I don't think we are at the point of having to worry about the custom chips failing. Other electronic components in the machine are readily available and most likely will be for the foreseeable future. I have had considerable more wear than my 2600! The youngest 2600s are not even 30 years old yet. I do wonder how long this plastic will hold up. Luckily they don't get much exposure to the sun. I have a few 7800s and one of them did experience a major shattering some years ago. Machine still works fine, but it has 1/2 of the bottom missing off it. I would imagine an FPGA 2600 will eventually become available and if the chips start failing en mass, one assumes that would take a higher priority than it is right now.
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