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  1. It's a relatively easy mod and definitely one a beginner could do. The problem is it's pretty easy to lift pads due to the age of the system. I've done a couple and the boards of the systems I've worked on were far from pristine shape. I'd recommend finding a practice board to work on to practice your soldering on because excessive heat will increase the likelyhood of you messing up the board. Find something cheap at a thrift store and practice running fly wires. The mod is all through hole which makes it pretty beginner level in terms of soldering skill and all components coming off are scrapped so you don't have to worry about damaging them. If you lift a pad the repair is easy as all traces are surface traces. Cut away the mask to expose the base metal of the trace and bridge the solder between the wire and the trace. As for messing up the cosmetics of your box, you do have to cut it. It's pretty easy, just some holes to mount the composite jacks, so if you have the right tools it shouldn't be an issue at all. Edit: I would probably recommend getting a kit rather than trying to build the circuit from scratch for your first mod. With a kit and a decent guide you should definitely be able to do it.
  2. I'm in my mid 30's grew up with NES and then all the Nintendo consoles. My cousins had an Atari and we would have family gatherings at their place so we would all start playing Atari at any event. The game I mostly remember and still love is Circus Atari. Eventually they donated it and I kind of forgot about the Atari until I was in college and I found one of those Atari joystick consoles that connects to your tv. It had circus atari so I bought it and even though it wasn't a great piece of hardware, it brought me back to those family gatherings and sitting around with my cousins playing the Atari. I still have that little tv console thing. I went to school for EE and that's my day job. I started collecting consoles when I found a busted $5 ps2 slim at a thrift shop and decided I was going to try to fix it. I was able to get it working relatively easy (lifted pad on the power supply connector fixed with solder bridge) and well I caught the bug. I started buying up anything I could find at the local thrift shop which inevitably led to a couple 2600's and a really nice set of complete in box games that included circus Atari! I fixed up a paddle controller, did an a/v mod to fix the video signal and have been loving getting to experience a lot of Atari games that I missed out on as a kid. A lot of the games hold up surprisingly well and I love how simple yet fun/addictive they are.
  3. I have 3. 2600 4 switch. 2600 light 6er that I a/v modded (picture is amazing) and a 7800. Debating doing the a/v mod to the 7800 because I'm so impressed with it after doing it to my 6er, but the picture is surprisingly good out of the modulator so I've been keeping it in its original condition.
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