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  1. 2 hours ago, Fort Apocalypse said:

    Note: Here's a pic of my FB2- part of Curt's and Legacy Engineering's legacy. I also used to have two USB 2600 joysticks from Legacy Engineering, which I was very proud and honored to have, but I gave them away to someone that I hope will use them more. I hoping that grandkids will play the FB2 one day, but that's probably just me dreaming.



    forts 2600.jpeg

    That's a great looking FB2, very clean! If you would like it modded, let me know! Curt loved my mod kit. I happen to have the prototypes that Curt built for the Flashback 2 and the Flashback portable if anyone is interested in pics.

  2. 7 hours ago, Fort Apocalypse said:

    Your site is great. Crap. I didn't know Curt passed away. 😪


    That would be great if you could mod it, but that's a lot of labor and parts. I can't ask you to do that. I don't have the funds currently to justify even paying for shipping, and I abhor being a charity case.



    I've got piles of these parts laying around. It's not so much charity as just fun for me. It's not a money maker even though I've sold 100 of them perhaps. If you change your mind and find the money to ship (<$20) then just let me know. Email me at [email protected]

  3. On 4/14/2022 at 11:59 PM, Fort Apocalypse said:

    I might need help. I have a Flashback 2, but I can't bear to mod it, and I'm low on funds. If I hit the lottery I'll buy a heavy-sixer and put it on my yacht!


    But, Cosmic Ark didn't have a consistent starfield effect across different build versions of 2600s, so I'm mostly good with non-critical effects being possibly variable.

    Tell you what. I operate this site: www.flashback2.com
    If you send me your FB2, I will mod it for you and send it back.


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  4. 7 minutes ago, phattyboombatty said:

    I might take you up on this. To start, I could snap some pics of the FB2+ mobo and post them here. 

    Feel free to! Specifically, post a pic of the back of the PCB (NOT the component side) and let me see it.

  5. On 3/1/2022 at 11:07 PM, phattyboombatty said:

    @JimmyIpock I understand that the cartridge mod can be performed on the FB2+ as well. I find no mention of

    this on your site. Do you know if your mod instructions would be identical on a 2+? 

    I am NOT 100% sure about this. However, if you would like for me to mod your FB+, I would be willing to take it. If I cannot mod it, I will find a really nice FB 2 and mod it for you. Normally it's around $50 to mod someone's Flashback for them. However, I would be happy to do it for the cost of the mod kit $35. That removes your risk.

    Of course, you can order a mod kit for $35 from me if you want to do the work yourself.

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  6. I sell these as kits, the kit includes a template that fits on top of the flash so you can mark where to cut. The cartridge slot with the leads pretinned, the switche(s) calibrated to activate when the cartridge is inserted.


    My website is here:



    If you'd like one, tell me the color you'd like (most choose black, but I can make about any color), Use paypal friends and family to send $35 to [email protected] and give me your address.



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  7. On 1/15/2020 at 1:16 PM, sethbramwell said:

    Hey everyone,


    I have attempted to do the cartridge mod to the old FB2 unit twice in the past and twice failed.  When I saw one at my Goodwill by the Pound store, I figured I'd give it one more go with what I had learned from the other two attempts (which were mostly destroyed solder pads).  I re-soldered the connector I had laying around to a PCB with some wires that should work well, cut the opening in the case, ensured everything fit, and then went to start working on the FB board itself... only to find it was one of the pirate units that turned up in Kroger stores around 2010/2011.  This was the first I had heard of these existing, and the thread about it was a fascinating read.  


    Since the pads are not labeled on the board, I have no idea where to begin.  I saw one post (linked below) where another member had the same trouble, but I can't seem to find if the pads were ever deciphered or if the mod is even possible.  I assume it is, but I can't seem to confirm this.  Does anyone happen to know if this was ever done successfully? If so, can any point me in the right direction?




    It is not possible to mod the Counterfeit Kroger Edition Flashback 2.


  8. Just for the heck of it, I tried it out on my TV (CRT), and it's really not that bad. The picture's got a bit of color fringing (not sure that's the correct term), and it goes a little too far into the overscan, but otherwise it's decent. The scanline refresh has this diagonal thing going on, but it's like that on the built-in LCD also, and it's not that noticeable in most games.


    BTW, here's a helpful diagram for anyone interested:




    So with a typical stereo audio cable, video would be right/red and audio would be left/white.

    Thank you VERY much for the diagram! I've been looking for this.

  9. Suggestion here...... I'm electronically naive here so I'm just throwing out an idea.... it prob will not work.....

    Is there a way to add a battery pack inside an Atari Paddle controller to add the extra power needed (difference between the 3.8v built in and the needed 5v)??


    Like I said just an idea....

    It might be possible to get the signal to 5 volts, but the real issue is that the portable doesn't have the paddle input lines into the controller. Also, i bet the atgames controller is running on 3.3 volts, 5 volts would likely destroy something.


    I really don't know of any way to move forward without some schematics and seeing the lines needed. I doubt there are analog lines on the portable.

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    Truly awesome. Can you show pictures on how you wired it up? Maybe a little video of the joystick port in use. And yes, inquiring minds wants to know if it allowed the use of a paddle controller?



    This. Paddles or GTFO. Also I doubt the VCC pin has a full +5v to work with on a portable powered by a LiIon cell.



    Were you able to find all nine connections, or just the six that the joystick uses?


    I don't think paddles are ever going to work, atari paddles (potentiometers) are specified for 5 volts. The portable is using 3.8 volts. Assuming the atgames chip is wired for paddles (no reason to believe it is) then the readout of the analog pots would be skewed. The portable is totally digital, paddles are analog. I don't think paddles will ever work on the portable.


    Asaki, I found the six connections for the joystick (up, down, left, right, fire, ground). The other (+5v, paddle1, paddle2) don't exist on the portable circuit board.


    I'm happy to post detailed pictures of how I did the mod..




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