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  1. You can only hack in a few wires before it gets too messy and the buttons get in the way, and you can't close the back of the case. You will need to make a custom pcb to include all the features you want in a single controller. Your other option is to have two or three controllers, each with only one or two extra functions, which limits the amount of extra wires so it would fit inside the case. I wouldn't waste my time with those junk China 3rd party controllers. The original Nintendo branded controllers are 10 times better.
  2. This port is better than Great Gianna Sisters. However, if they had spent 7 years working on Gianna Sisters back in the 80's, then that would have been better as well.
  3. The only thing you can do is put a watermark on your pictures and shame the ebay seller into not using your pictures. But even then they will just crop out the watermark, or use the picture with the watermark. AtariAge is the only one who can contact ebay to do anything about this, and ebay usually doesn't do anything about this.
  4. Ben originally sold these for around $350. In the 2600 portables, the screens alone cost in the $100 to $200 range because he had to hack up a pocket TV because you couldn't just buy an lcd screen online in those days like you can now. It wasn't worth the amount of hours it took him to make these compared to the cost he sold them at, so he wrote his book that tells you how to make one yourself. He makes single handed Xbox One controllers for $350. It is a similar issue where it takes him too many hours to make it to justify the time, except he has been able to simplify and speed up the process for making single handed controllers, and helping people with disabilities makes it more worthwhile.
  5. With most old TVs (and all computer monitors) of the time, you could adjust the picture to center it and fill the whole screen. This is helpful for something like a Commodore 64, but doesn't really help for Atari 2600, because it doesn't make sense to readjust the picture for every game, and then adjust it when you go back to watching broadcast TV.
  6. You should play the same game using rf to compare with that same game on s-video. A lot of (or maybe all non-black border?) 2600 games have different borders, don't fill the whole screen, and have uneven edges. It has to do with how some games were programmed, because they can use areas where nothing is drawn on the screen to run game code.
  7. It's really not worth repairing Atari joysticks if they are just regular with nothing special. The only thing that makes sense if you wan to repair is to harvest parts from something else broken. Best thing is to take a broken joystick with a cord that is fine, and use that to replace this cord. Or you could take the cord from a broken Genesis controller.
  8. What do you mean by out in the wild? You mean unknown games in a garage, attic, storage locker, or somewhere else. These would have to be unreleased or prototype games, because all the released games as known. The people who worked at Atari in the 70's and 80's are getting older and older. There probably will be some new games found when these people die and the families go through their garages and attics. Someone will buy a box of Atari stuff thinking it is just a bunch of common games, but find an unreleased or prototype game. The owner probably worked for Atari back in the day and didn't care, or didn't remember what they had.
  9. What are you going to print? Birthday cards and certificates? Even something like the Gameboy camera and printer people don't want. It would be fun for a few minutes, but you would quickly get bored and realize everything you can take a picture of looks basically like the same pixelated mess.
  10. I sold a C64 Okimate thermal printer on eBay for $100. The buyer said they were a set dresser for Modern Family. A few months later an episode aired that features a commercial from the 80's for Ed O'Neil's closet business. They bought a few printers for the episode, but ended up using a different one. Outside someone who needs an 80's prop for their game room or TV show, there are a few collectors and users that want a printer. But printers really have no value, because no one wants them.
  11. He set the price at $395 hoping someone will pay that, but it seems like he is eager to haggle down to $295. Considering this is sold at a store that needs to pay employees and rent, $295 is a fair price. You would probably pay $295 on ebay if you include shipping. The monitor probably weighs around 40 pounds, and the other stuff probably weights 30 pounds, so you could be spending $100 easy on shipping.
  12. My Colecovision has the same diodes on the controller ICs. I assume that this was done at the factory to pass quality control. Or the console was brought in for this repair. This is known as a bodge, where they add in stuff later to fix a problem or issue they found at the last minute. I assume they redid the board on later consoles to fix this problem without a bodge, or the bodge was just a precaution, and not necessary, so they didn't do it on later boards.
  13. Yeah, he added the diodes to make it function properly. I think Tutankhamun and one other game has that feature when pressing both buttons at the same time does something. There are a few other games like Cosmic Avenger where you can't drop a bomb and fire simultaneously unless the diodes are in the controller. But, even then most people wouldn't notice that you can't drop a bomb and fire simultaneously unless you told them. And I think there are some games that are programmed in a way to where you can't use both buttons at the same time, even though you should be able to.
  14. Each action button needs a diode so they work like the standard CV controller. Diodes are less than 5 cents a piece, but he could have gotten rid of them to save time in making them (or save money) . You should ask about that if you want to buy anything from him.
  15. You can watch plenty of videos on youtube to learn how to solder. Soldering tutorial videos will cover the basics about soldering, wires, and desoldering. You can practice on a broken VCR, or whatever you have that doesn't work.
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