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  1. It's interesting but it just doesn't look right to me. I think the membrane keyboard looks much better on the 400, if I need to do any typing I use the 800 anyway.
  2. I just came here looking for this very thing, thank you! 😀 I recently bought my first Model 100 on a whim since it was really cheap; super clean, no yellowing and looks nearly unused. However after it runs for a few minutes the display starts to flicker in and out. Searching online for the symptoms I found that failing capacitors were the likely culprit, and on opening it up I found at least one cap that appears to have started leaking. So I figured the best thing to do is just change them all. I also happened to have a new 6.3v NiCad battery that I bought for an old 486 motherboard but never used so I put that in earlier today. The old one was looking a little crusty around the edges so I got it out of there before it starts leaking too. Hopefully the cap kit will solve the rest of the issues. I dread changing those small ones though, they're so tiny!
  3. That's a different auction, when one ends eBay says "We found something similar" and shows you another one. Unbelievably the $750 one actually sold. ($500 is crazy too).
  4. I was browsing sold listings and spotted this, I'm at a complete loss. What was the buyer thinking? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Commodore-64-Personal-Computer-Mint-In-Box-Complete-/253857439360
  5. The VCS heavy sixer had been my dream console. The first 2600 I ever played was my uncle's 4-switch Vader in the early 80s and I finally got a light sixer of my very own a few years ago which was pretty nice, but this is the model that I've always wanted. I'm so happy to finally own one, and everything on it works like new. NTSC/PAL/Sears/Special: NTSC Serial # (Ex: #54035V or #007649): 43519N MFG Location (Sunnyvale, Taiwan): Sunnyvale (Owner/AA Member), Banquo (Location= City, State, Country): Kentucky, USA A/B Channel Slot (Yes/No): Yes A/B Channel Switch (Yes/No): No Functional (Yes/No): Yes Previous Owner: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The only thing that made me really sad was when I got it home and discovered that heavy sixers will not fit properly in the 2600 travel case.
  6. I'm not an expert but it sounds like it could possibly be a bad RIOT chip.
  7. I don't know if anyone really did that back in the day, but now there are lots of popular recipe sites online so I guess it finally came true.
  8. Banquo


    I loved Pac-Man on the 2600 when I was a kid. Yeah I knew it didn't look or sound like the arcade version but I didn't expect it to. It was fun, that's all I cared about. I enjoyed E.T. also and I still don't think it deserves the hate it gets. There are so many far worse games on the 2600, some absolutely terrible, so it always makes me wonder why these two get singled out.
  9. Sounds like the same issue with my first light sixer, the second controller port was always firing. Turned out to be a bad hex buffer chip.
  10. I had a Colecovision so no, but my cousin did have a 2600 that I played a lot. He didn't have Adventure though. I finally got it for the first time just a few years ago.
  11. Here's a picture of both of them; the first with the openings cut on the front of the grill fins and the second one cut from the back side. The grill openings on the second one are smaller and a bit harder to see. Something else about the second one I don't remember seeing before is the coating over the switch text. I guess they were trying to clear coat them with something to protect the lettering but it looks awful to me.
  12. I'm surprised to hear about so many TVs with no coax input. How do people hook up their antennas or even basic cable? Do these TVs not have tuners and channel buttons either? Anyway I was imprssed at how well my old 2600 looked on my HDTV, not that I use it with it. I still prefer my CRT for classic systems. I guess with how horrible the SNES and Genesis look on HDTVs I was sort of expecting the Atari to not even work at all. I guess those solid colors and giant blocky graphics upscale really well though.
  13. I recently noticed that there is a difference in the speaker openings on some 2600s. On some the openings are cut towards the front and are very noticeable, while on others they are cut from the back, that is if you look at the console from the front you cannot see any openings at all. You have to turn the console around backwards to see them. I'm guessing it was an aesthetic change and that the ones cut from the back just looked better, but then why even bother changing them at all since no model ever had speakers and the openings were later completely removed anyway. I've read lots of discussions about the speaker openings and their history but I don't think I've ever seen anyone mention the direction of the openings. Just had me curious.
  14. Thanks, just wanted to make sure they were ok and not end up frying the console someday if they failed.
  15. I have two Atari 2600 AC adapters here which are rated to output 9v DC, however they are both going quite a bit over that. CO10472 14.6 V C016353 15.2 V I know the 7805 regulator can handle even more than that but that's just more heat, I'm curious why these adapters are putting out way higher than 9 volts, are they going bad or is this just how they were? Should I replace them with a modern 9v power supply? I want my 2600 to live a long and happy life.
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