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  1. C241 is the correct one, but there shouldn't be a diode in there. Maybe that's the problem. It should have a cap. I use a 224K100V in all the units I repair. They are a little bigger like the ones used in the six switch units
  2. The usual fix is replacing the green "chicket" looking capicitor which cures the warped/thumbprint screen look, but from what you are describing, it sounds more like a RF cable issue. I would swap out the cable and try that first. BTW, if you are using an old style switchbox, that might be the main cause of your problem! Try a RCA to F type connector available at Radio Shack.
  3. More than likely a bad TIA chip. If the switch changes shades when you move it, the switch is probably ok. Replace the TIA chip, which you can get from Best Electronics.
  4. Agreed! Swap out the chicklet. It definitely cures the problem. I always put a new one in just to be safe before selling any of my systems.
  5. Doesn't matter if it is a Atari or Sears power pack, as both are the same. (9V 500Ma). The problem lies with the jack in your console. You have to open the console and reflow the solder points under the jack so it is solid and makes contact. Over the years, they have a tendency to work loose from putting the plug in and out so much. That should cure the issue.
  6. Bad IC chip, probably the RIOT or TIA.
  7. If you aren't getting any colors, then it could be a bad TIA IC chip. You also might want to reheat the solder points on the switch.
  8. Sounds like a short in the wire. Push the up position while moving the cable where it goes into the back of the controller, try the same where it goes into the plug. It it moves up when you do this, then you know you will have to replace the wire.
  9. Replace the 7805 power regulator (The black thing on the switchboard with the screw and three legs soldered onto the board). You can pick up one at Radio Shack for a few bucks. Should cure the trick. While you are at it, change the filter cap.(It is the green chicklet looking capacitor)
  10. From Wikipedia; In the fall of 1974, Jobs returned to California and began attending meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club with Wozniak. He took a job as a technician at Atari, a manufacturer of popular video games, with the primary intent of saving money for a spiritual retreat to India. Jobs then traveled to India to visit the Neem Karoli Baba[48] at his Kainchi Ashram with a Reed College friend (and, later, the first Apple employee), Daniel Kottke, in search of spiritual enlightenment. He came back a Buddhist with his head shaved and wearing traditional Indian clothing.[49][50] During this time, Jobs experimented with psychedelics, calling his LSD experiences "one of the two or three most important things [he had] done in [his] life".[51] He later said that people around him who did not share his countercultural roots could not fully relate to his thinking.[51] Jobs returned to his previous job at Atari and was given the task of creating a circuit board for the game Breakout. According to Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Atari had offered $100 for each chip that was eliminated in the machine. Jobs had little interest in or knowledge of circuit board design and made a deal with Wozniak to split the bonus evenly between them if Wozniak could minimize the number of chips. Much to the amazement of Atari, Wozniak reduced the number of chips by 50, a design so tight that it was impossible to reproduce on an assembly line. According to Wozniak, Jobs told Wozniak that Atari had given them only $700 (instead of the actual $5,000) and that Wozniak's share was thus $350.[52] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs#Early_years
  11. Yep, they usually have the yellow paint trim too. Seems to be quite a lot out there and they came from the factory like that, it isn't an individuals doing.
  12. Black screen=usually a bad IC chip or even power regulator. Both can be fixed easily.
  13. Benzman66

    2600 static

    Open the system and replace the "green chicklet" type capacitor. Should take care of the problem for you! If you have a six switch unit, the cap is on the switchboard, if it is a four switch, it is in the lower left hand corner above the power regulator.
  14. I would pick up an RCA to F type connector at Radio Shack as it is highly unlikely a tv would have the correct input on the back. My thoughts are you are plugging it into a RCA input on the tv. At the very least, if you have it hooked up correctly to the tv, you should have a solid black screen at power up without anything in the game slot, If you don't, then it is time to investigate the power regulator or IC chips.
  15. Bad power can cause all sorts of weird behavior. These two threads helped me fix my 2600 light sixer: http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/166914-atari-2600-power-problem/page__p__2067442__fromsearch__1#entry2067442 http://www.atariage.com/forums/topic/145631-help-me-fix-my-1st-2600/page__p__1771736__fromsearch__1#entry1771736 I may stop and pick-up a 7805 at the Shack on my way home and swap out the existing one just to see - I'm not positive on this but I could've sworn the power switch was in the "on" position when I went to play... You are probably right, but even though it may be getting power, it might not be enough. Swap out the 7805. It is a cheap fix and only takes a few minutes to do with a soldering iron. If the problem persists, next step would be to swap out the RIOT chip which is under the silver cover.
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