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  1. Here's a link to my Atari 400, very similar issue, troubleshooting adventure. My debug steps turned up a bad OS ROM chip, A105, the bad chip, of which, was only verified/validated after swapping like 10 times between two Atari 400 systems. Good luck with your system. ~ Trellot
  2. Was thinking too, that it could be dirty, loose and glitchy Color/BW switch? Might try tapping the switch during game play to see if the colors glitch out. Just a thought anyway, good luck.
  3. I agree that Brad can run his business anyway he sees fit. However, I did run into a bit of a snafu with him once when, after I inquired about the stock availability on about 4 or 5 open-box 2600 titles, he told me that he was so busy and had already had more orders than could be shipped by the end of the month. Well, that told me I wouldn't get them in time since I needed them for a gift in a week, so I never officially made the order. Fast forward about 4-5 months and, and I'm trying to order something again...this time, however, there are no more responses to my email inquiries; and I mean I tried my work email, multiple home emails, etc. I also followed his email title instructions in order to avoid his SPAM filters from his end, and I never found one response from him in any of my SPAM boxes either, lol. Anyway, I chalked it up to him being angry with me for not making that order months before and it dawned on me that he must have some elaborate methodology in place that notifies/warns him when that offending customer returns for more Atari! At any rate, it didn't stop me. I just called him directly and made the order that way...he did take over a month to ship the items to me, which is extremely uncommon for him, while charging me right away. Still, no matter, I will continue to order from him in the future. I figure he has been at this for decades and his ways are set, well fine. Just have to learn his ways I suppose.
  4. Hey guys thanks for your points. So, I originally got the 5a fuse due to Bradley at Best recommending it. What exact fuse then are you fellas recommending then, 2a? Thanks
  5. Yes it is, I purchased a bag of Zephyr Fast Acting Axial 5x20mm 250V 5AMP fuses for future use. I already have another PSU that came with a unit with a blown fuse lol. ~ Trellot
  6. Afternoon everyone, I've made a final determination of which chip is at fault after gathering the data for the table above. The A105 OS ROM chip for the 400_A system is bad. For Test #4 in the above table, I was able to get a passing set across two systems by swapping the A105 chips into each, however, repeating the swap test over and over resulted in the failure following chip A105 from Atari 400_A more often than not. With this data, I'll be placing an order in for a new one very soon. Happy day to all, ~ Trellot
  7. Evening All, Finally found some time to continue debugging what I started on this posting regarding a non-booting Atari 400 I purchased last year. Previously I was seeing a dark brownish screen at power up and we were able to narrow down the issue to potentially the OS ROM chips. Since my last posting, I was able to acquire another working Atari 400. Below is a table of results on some chip swapping I did to try to segment which chip is bad, or a combination of chips, etc. In the table each chip configuration, per test, is exactly the opposite of the other on each Atari system for clarity. Note_1: 400_A = original failing system which prompted this post; 400_B is the new working system I recently acquired. Note_2: In the table, when I declare a Pass what I mean is that the system boots to Memo Pad...i didn't have the keyboards installed to test for full functionality, FYI. Observation_1: Notice Test #4 where, based on the chip configuration, I found two simultaneous passing configurations causing two working systems...this confuses me since, based on the table, and with all three original ROM chips installed into 400_A the system won't boot; one of the original ROM chips from the Atari 400_A system appears to be bad. Observation_2: on the 400_A side, tests 5,6,7,8 seem to suggest that A105 is the culprit, but then see test #4 on the 400_B side and that chip passes when installed alone. Observation_3: Also notice Test 2,3,4 from 400_B ... it shows a Pass when swapping one 400_A chip at a time into 400_B, effectively declaring all three chips as good...ugg? Let me know if any of you have an insight into this data. Thank you!
  8. A good cleaning and very slight rebending of the copper contacts for good connection should be all you need to do. However, you can purchases replacement switches from http://www.best-electronics-ca.com/ or http://www.myatari.com/ or maybe even www.console5.com.
  9. Ah yes, like the one I ended up fully socketing....with iron and wick....since the bad IC wasn't found until the very last!
  10. I admit this was my first reaction to the pictures as well. Something extra has been done to get that unit so white whether he did a famous job of retrobrighting or he painted it. That fact alone steers me far away from any thoughts of purchase since there should have been some kind of declaration in the description regarding it, imo. And if it is as Gunstar mentioned a lighting trick, then all the more wariness should be employed, lol!
  11. Might want to check back with that previous TIA chip to see whether or not you have two good chips now
  12. Regarding that second games pic, is that Pole Position? If so, there is definitely graphical corruption there, lol. Take a look, closely, at picture 3 of the solder-side of the board. Locate the RIOT chip (A202), first chip on the top, and notice what looks to be potential damage to two traces leading to pins 23 and 24. That might just be some mask coming off, or if say the board was dropped onto something there could be a potentially severed trace there. I'd run continuity on those traces just to rule them out, then move on to next steps. ~ Trellot
  13. Trellot

    No display

    What does the TV show? Snowy screen, solid black? Double check that your switches are cleaned up and making good contact. Try a different RF cable, etc.
  14. Bahhhah! Try Jupiter Lander and Clown Attack! I grew up with VIC 20, not a bad unit. All this mess and then a VIC 20 in the end, I love it!
  15. That connection to C214 looks pretty wild ! I see the pad is gone for pin3 on the rf modulator pinout. Also, the greenish wire connected to the resistor looks to be touching the pad next to it; might just be the pic but good to double check that.
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