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  1. I just attempted this mod on my Hyperkin 6 Button, which shows the same behavior when plugged into my Atari. I dont have soldering ewuipment, so i went at it a bit differently. I stead of soldering pay 5 to pad 7 in the controller, and cutting wire 5, I cut wire and spliced it to wire 7, while leaving 7 connected. This may be incorrect. But, in my no -mechanical mind, it seems flow of current should work the dame with either solution. Or, perhaps i misunderstood the directions completely. In any case, after the mod, testing still showed improper behavior. Any insight? I just want to rewire this to be a pure Atari controller, no need to worry about working o a Genesis anymore. What if i rewired it to change all the pinouts to their Atari equivelents, would that work at all? The way I did the mod is fully reversable. Rewiring the whole thing is doable easily as well .
  2. Follow up topic is here Please continue to use this topic to dicsuss oversensitive paddles and potential solutions. I think swithing out the pot is the simplest solution. I dont know if youd want higher or lower numbers, not sure what the numbers mean. Or get 3rd party paddles that already use different pots
  3. The story thus far: Long story short, I thought my paddles we're bad. Now I think my controller ports and/or the electronics controlling the inputs are bad. So the old topic no longer fits the situation, and I made a new one. Follows is a condensed version of my last post from that other topic. Quick details: 4 switch Vader Standard paddles, cleaned last night 3rd party 6 button Genesis controller. Joysticks work just fine in both ports. --- I did some testing. In Warlord, paddles in left port would move only to left and right extremes. In right port, nothing whatsoever. In Breakout, same thing. Though it seemed ever so slightly better today, on the left port, it may be my imagination. I tried a 3rd party Genesis Controller that I had always assumed was incompatible. In Pac Man, on both ports, if I held down B while resetting, everything worked except left. Pac Man moved continuously right once he started moving. This Genesis Controller does the same thing on the Harmony Cart menu as the paddles. Keeps scrolling through the pages. My new hypothesis is that my paddles work fine and my Genesis controller is in fact compatible, but when they're connected, they constantly act as if right is being pressed. Which is either something wrong with the ports, or, more likely since it's both, something wrong with the circuitry that handles controller inputs. So, I guess I'm stuck with Joystick games only until I either get this fixed or get a new console. Glad I haven't gone through the trouble of modding this one yet... Maybe I'll get a light sixer, and combine the cases into a Six Switch Vader! Any advice on how I might go about fixing these issues? Thanks!
  4. Results of further testing: I couldn't figure out which game was 4 players In Video Olympics. In Warlords, the paddles did nothing whatsoever in the right port except the button. They only did extreme left and right in the left port. In Breakout, same thing. Though it seemed ever so slightly better today, on the left port, it may be my imagination. I tried a 3rd party Genesis Controller that I had always assumed was incompatible. In Pac Man, on both ports, if I held down B while resetting, everything worked except left. This Genesis Controller does the same thing on the Harmony Cart menu as the paddles. Keeps scrolling through the pages. My new hypothesis is that my paddles work fine and my Genesis controller is in fact compatible, but when they're connected, they constantly act as if right is being pressed. Which is either something wrong with the ports, or, more likely since it's both, something wrong with the circuitry that handles controller inputs. So, I guess I'm stuck with Joystick games only until I either get this fixed or get a new console. Glad I haven't gone through the trouble of modding this one yet... Maybe I'll get a light sixer, and combine the cases into a Six Switch Vader! Any advice on how I might go about fixing these issues? Thanks! My I'll probably make a new post with my new theory that better describes my problems. This one is now misleading.
  5. https://thebrewingacademy.com/products/tba-ultimate-atari-video-uav-board-for-atari-2600?_pos=4&_sid=a620f9464&_ss=r A solution has been acheived! I think... Sille me never thought of searching here for UAV until just a bit ago. I read through a few threads, and found lots of information and a link to purchase them! I'm still not ENTIRELY sure they work on 4 switchers. Or how to connects audio to it. But I can now research further! Thanks everyone!!
  6. Someone on Facebook suggested this, but then said it only works on six switch models. In any case, could someone link me to more information about the UAV board? I've searched Google and YouTube and found nothing.
  7. I bought a set of broken Paddles. When i tested them, the better one wouldn't work at all except for the button. The other, which had a smashed case, would jitter sometimes at best, but mostly also didn't do anything. So, I disassembled and cleaned them. The good one had more grime than ive ever seen on any electronic device ever! 9 q tips to clean it. The smashed one was surprisingly pretty clean. Easy peasy. Constructed a new back casing for the smashed one from scrap plastic and electrical tape, reassembled, and tried them out. Still nothing... Wondering what the next most likely cause could be, I dipped the controller connecter I alcohol, and went to work with a stiff clean paint brush. A bit of grime came out, and I was hopeful. Tested again, and got a very different result. Instead of jittering or not working at all, the paddles, both of them, now jump from one side of the screen to the other with the tiniest turn. I was completely unable to get either to stop anywhere on the screen but the extreme left and right, and there was but a hairbreadth difference between the two. Tested in game 2 on Breakout. When I tried it on my Harmony cart, all it would do is countinuously scroll down pages. Couldn't navigate at all. Is there perhaps an adjustment I could make to get my paddles to be less sensetive? Could I have perhaps damaged something cleaning them? Another thought, since both have the exact same problem, could it be something wrong with my left joystick port? Any paddle games that use the right port so I can test this? Thanks!
  8. I'd be very interested to know how your experiments go!
  9. Child of CV, thank you for your schematic and insight. If only I knew how to read it or what to do with it ... In any case, it gives me hope! Ketah, my sentiments exactly. I can't stand it when people just clip the box off and throw it away!
  10. I have a 4 switch Vader that I would very much like to mod to have composite av output. However, every guide, and every video I've seen on how to do so involves destroying the RF Output functionality. Id like to keep this as well, as some of my TVs don't have RCA Jack's on them. Is this even remotely possible? What would happen, for instance, I I made the same connections, but didn't remove the RF Box? Any suggestions? If it simply isn't possible, I suppose I'll leave it factory, for the sake of increased compatibility. Every TV I have has a coax input... I can live with the noise if I have to... Any suggestions or insight is appreciated. I really don't know how these things work, and I'm interested in learning.
  11. After months of wanting one, I finally got my Harmony Cartridge the other day. I spent hours renaming ROMs and sorting them into folders, got my SD Card ready, and put it all together. I was psyched! I had a non-working copy of Defender to use as a doner cart for the cartridge casing. So, I ordered the bare bones circuit board option. I was pleasantly surprised to find it came with a sticker! I took Defender apart, and promptly misplaced the screw. Then, I set to work cutting a space for the USB port and Card slot to stick through. However, due to not being able to find assembly instructions anywhere, my idiot self assembled it backwards! I plugged it into my Vader, and OhNo, nothing but Garbage Graphics! I knew something was wrong, and started looking for what I might have done wrong. After comparing my work to several photographs, it became apparent to me that I had my holebon the opposite side as everyone else. I disassembled the cartridge once again. Being lazy, and anxious to play some games, I used the Dust Guard to hold open the cartridge slotnon the Atari, and put the board directly into the connector. Started up, and worked like a charm! Been enjoying games ever since. Wonderful product! I'm very pleased with my ability to play all my old favorites, try out some new games I never had a chance to play, and give the newerly released homebrew I've been hearing about so long a try. Princess Rescue is a trip! I've had a few issues though. Maybe you guys could help me. I can't get this thing to work with my paddle controllers. I have a hunch the may be broken. Before, I didn't have any paddle games to test them with. Is there something special you need to do to make it work with paddles? I also tried a 6-button Sega Genesis controller with no lick. The manual says to hold B, but that doesn't seem to work for me. Without holding be, it continuously scrolls through the directory. After hitting B, it freezes, and I'm unable to navigate the menus at all. Can anyone help me with this issue? I usually play with an Atari 7800 Pro Controller Joystick. It works superbly, if a little jittery on the menu. Alas, my grown-up hands are too big for the standard Atari Joysticks I loved as a kid. I haven't tried my keypad controllers yet. Any known issues? What recommendations do you guys have for sorting ROMs? I was at it for hours, and ended up with a poorly organized mess. I ended up putting most of the ROMs I'm lettered folders, alphabetically. There are so many! And most of them, I'm unfamiliar with and don't know how to catagorise them. My system needs a complete overhaul! Finally, what homebrew recommendations do you guys have? O the same subject, where can I find things like NTSC conversions, tape games converted to cart format, and such like that? Thank you all for running such an awesome site! This is my first ever post, but I've been lurking for years. I love old school gaming, and this is a prime example of a website on that topic. I hope to meet some freinds with common interests! See ya!
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