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  1. alright, so I made a post here about a week ago asking for some tips on repairing my light sixer. nobody. responded so I decided to take matters into my own hands and tried to fix my Atari. so after about an hour trying to get it to work I gave up and decided to see if anyone can repair it. So if anybody can repair my light sixer please PM me with details. (sorry for my grammar I'm a little bit agitated)
  2. Hey guys! I've been playing with my CV a lot lately and recently got the game Nova Blast off of eBay. I cleaned and repaired everything on the CV a while ago including the controllers but just now found out that the ASTERISK (*) button on one of them doesn't seem to work. Nova Blast needs this button pressed to start the game. My question is, everything else (as far as I can tell) works on the keypad (even the # key) except the * button. Is there something I can do to locate the cause of the malfunction? In other words, I am not sure how 12 buttons on the keypad are translated into 1 or 2 wires that feed into the CV but it seems to me if all the buttons except this one work the problem may be with the ribbon cable? If so, is this something that can be repaired easily? Thanks, Larry
  3. My Galaga cartridge has suddenly stopped working on my Atari 7800. Often it just freezes, or goes straight to a scrambled game over screen once the game starts. Unfortunately the only other 7800 game I have to test with it is Centipede, which works fine. Also 2600 games work flawlessly. I have tried cleaning the console and the cartridge thoroughly without any luck. I am using a stock (old) power adapter. Should I buy a new cartridge? or a new power adapter? Help please, I need my Galaga fix.
  4. Hey all! I'm new here and this is my first post - please be gentle! I bought an Atari 2600 Jr. from a bootsale for £15 (~$25) including some games, with the promise that it worked. I got it home, plugged it in, and it did... sort of. The image was what I expected from an old Atari, but it had blurred lines rolling up and down the screen intermittantly. However, once I tried to turn it on and play a couple of days later, nothing... No image at all. I know the concole itself is working (as the red LED light is shining), but no image is being sent to the TV itself. I have bought a new lead to connect to my TV, but still the same result. It is also worth noting that my console has no switch to change between channels 2-3 (I opened it up, but there looks like there was never space for the switch anyway), and so I have tried manually tuning the console to the TV, with the above results. So far, I have tried the following: 1) New coax lead 2) Opening and removing dust 3) Different TVs 4) Different games 5) Manual tuning Any help would be GREATLY appreciated! (I am fairly new to Atari fixing, so baby-language would be appreciated!) Frenzii
  5. My Tempest MPT-03 arrived today in the mail and when the seller was testing it before postage they found that the console no longer powers on. I would like to bring it back to life if possible.
  6. Hello I'm new to the forum and I was hoping that someone would be able to help out with pong consoles. I had never owned a pong console so needless to say I was very excited to get it up and running. It only seems to make a continuous beeping sound when I power it on and I only see horizontal lines. I have the tv set to cable channel 3 and that's the channel I get the best picture from, all other channels give me static. Once I opened it up I noticed that there is a single yellow wire missing around where the switches to adjust difficulty and game type are. I've included a few pictures as well. I also tried adjusting the rf box with an alan wrench as I heard adjusting that on pong consoles can get them to work on digital tv's. If it is repairable and anyone has any suggestions that would be very much appreciated.
  7. I am rebuilding a Vectrex controller that had a hard life with a previous owner. I already fixed a bunch of broken traces on the buttons PCB and now those work great, but I also have a 3-legged pot that snapped off near the solder points. Attaching a picture of the part of the pot that broke. These pots latch onto the joystick. Has anybody managed to find a general purpose pot on the market (shack, mouser, etc.) that can be used to replace it?
  8. I need help for a colecovision repair. When I plug any controllers on port 2 of my colecovision, the triggers won't work, even if they work in port 1. I've ordered some controller chip and soldered a new one but the triggers still doesn't work. I don't know what to do anymore but I don't want to throw it away and buy another colecovision, this one is important for me. If someone could help me I would really appreciate it. Thank you for your time^^
  9. I'm new here! Well, not entirely. I actually lurked a bit before posting, but here I am requesting help from one of the biggest pools of knowledge on Atari anything! I just got in this 7800 from an Ebay ad that I was very disappointed with in general. That's another story though. WAY too many problems with the shipment, description, condition, communication, etc. One of two Ebay problems I've had total. Good record, I'd say! The 7800 is in cosmetically good shape. It runs smoothly (full color) for 7800 games with my RCA to RF adapter, but can only display 2600 games in black and white with hints of yellow. I tried the pause button, but nothing happened. After a bit of Google sleuthing, I came up with this page: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/88442-25-atari-7800-showing-colour-2600-mode-please How he fixed it made my heart sink a bit. My soldering skills are less than favorable, plus I don't currently have the tools for this kind of fix. I've opened up a 4 Switch Atari VCS and cleaned it with great success. Brought it back from the dead, more or less. Do you guys think I can fix this myself? Or, is there anyone out there who knows how to fix it and would be willing to help? Thanks in advance! Hope to hear some good news about this 7800's backwards compatibility.
  10. Hey there! Hoping someone might be able to help me with an issue I'm seeing on a new SMS I picked up. It's the original version (model 3010) with no pre-loaded games on the console. (Also note that this is my second SMS; I have a main that works perfectly with everything I throw at it, including all the cartridges mentioned below.) The problem is this: when I turn on the console with some games plugged in, it works just fine. Examples include The Ninja, Global Defense, Choplifter, Hang On/Safari Hunt combo. But when I insert other cartridges, it starts up, shows the Sega logo, plays the "Sayyy-Guhhh" jingle, then displays the screen telling me to insert a cartridge. No software error or anything like that. Examples of games which fail to load are Outrun, Sonic 1 & 2, Mortal Kombat, and about 66% of the others I tried. I'm not sure, but I suspect that the games which are working are those which have relatively small ROMs to load, whereas those which fail and the larger memory releases. I disassembled the unit and checked both the pins inside the slot (all pins look like they have plenty of flex to make contact with the cartridge, and I've cleaned them three times with 1000-grit sandpaper and an alcohol soaked slot cleaner) and the solder points beneath the slot (all looked intact with no cracking or other indications of a CSJ). I also didn't see anything else noteworthy on the board other than a few spots of minor oxidization which I cleaned off with a dilluted baking soda mixture and a dry cloth. Is there anything else I should be looking for or trying? It's driving me crazy that this thing is so close to working perfect, and yet not quite there. Oh, and before I forget to mention it, I did try a Sega Card (F-16) and it worked just fine as well. Thanks in advance for any and all help or advice on how to fix this one! - Matt W.
  11. Today I was playing my currently aquired Odyssey2 when the fire button on the left controller just quit working. Now this one has the 'wired' controllers that you have to pop the console apart to unplug. I knew I had one or two spares in a batch of controllers I saved from a damp basement, so tried them out. Well, the first didn't work at all, but the rusty one works! Thank goodness! Anyways, is there a way to repair these critters? I was looking inside the one that quit on me and... well... it looks like a gutless wonder. Actually, I should pull one of the plug in type units apart and see what the differences are. These self-center where the plug in types I have don't.
  12. Well, I've been dreading the day but it looks like fate, or at best time, has finally caught up to me and my poor launch-day Wii. So I've been playing a great deal of Zelda: Skyward Sword since I got it (Christmas gift), and I'm loving it. But tonight offered me no joy. Fired up the system, booted the game, and I'm greeted with a sky full of clouds and little red, green, and blue dots flickering everywhere. I've known that some of the launch Wiis have occasionally had an issue with their GPU slowly giving up the ghost, and it usually manifests itself in this fashion. So I guess that means giving Nintendo a ring and sending her off to get fixed, or else put out to pasture and having them send me a replacement. So I thought I'd pop on here before I initiate that wonderful tech support call and see what others' experience has been if you've had to send a Wii off to the Big N for a quick tune-up. Specifically, I've got a few Virtual Console and Wii Ware titles I've downloaded over time, as well as a few game saves that I cannot transfer (the games go online, and thus the ability to copy or move to an SD card has been disabled). So I'm hoping that if a replacement is necessary that Nintendo will be able to transfer all my stuff over to the replacement console for me so I won't have to worry with all that stuff once it comes back. Can anyone confirm they will do this before I call, just so I'll know what to expect?
  13. A quick search didn't turn this up in the forums so thought I would post it here. Apologies if I missed it. http://www.atariguide.com/pdfs/Atari_2600_VCS_Domestic_Field_Service_Manual.pdf I've also attached a PDF copy. Wish I had the diagnostic cart to go with it but there is still a lot of useful information. Atari_2600_VCS_Domestic_Field_Service_Manual.pdf
  14. I'm just starting the process of rebuilding my Atari 2600 collection after it being stolen over a decade ago. I've ended up with a couple of carts that are acting strange. I get it. When they're dead, they're just dead, but these are coming on, ready to play, but they're not functioning correctly. One is Starmaster that I bought at a flea market. I turn the power on and reset the game and I'm perpetually flying around the starfield with no enemies ever showing up. The other is Towering Inferno that I bought from 2600.com. I click reset and the game is going like normal. The helicopter flies to the ground and the first stage comes up and is displaying as normal waiting for me to begin, but I can't move. My little guy just stands there while the fire is killing everyone off. I'm not having troubles like these with any of my other carts. Is that just the end of it? Do I just need to spend the couple of dollars to replace them, or is there some hope that I can make them work somehow? Send me to another thread if this topic is already covered.
  15. Hi everyone, I just made this account as a last ditched effort to revive my Vectrex. Long story short I bought it for $50 hoping it would be an easy fix, boy was I wrong. I've adjusted every pot inside the thing, seated all socketed chips and even replaced the 6522 and mc34004p chips. Still no progress. Even accidentally removed a few solder pads in the process, even worse, my sound sometimes just decides not to work for some random reason... So just keep this in mind. Anyways onto the actually problem. My vectors don't connect/align properly. For example on Mine Storm my ship is a jumbled bit of lines and the enemies are either the same or 2/3 of a triangle or whatever they're supposed to be, some are connected while others just 'float out of place. I knew about the issue when I bought it but to be honest I had no idea it would be this much trouble trying to fix it. Is there anyone who can shed some light on this cursed vectrex? (I can even take pics and shoot a video later today and upload it) Thanks.
  16. Hi! I just bought myself an Intellivision, an Intellivoice module, and 11 games all for around $80. My dad owned an Intellivision back when it first came out, he doesn't know what happened to it unfortunately. I've always liked vintage electronics like record players, cameras, and TVs, and I like computers. So naturally, I want to start collecting some old game consoles. I figured the Intellivision would be a great starting point especially with the great community I've seen from my little bit of research! So my particular Intellivision looks like it has gone through some repairs in the past, the power cord has been cut and a newer cord end has been added, and there were some screws missing when I went to clean the insides. Overall it works great, just one problem with the right controller, the 789, CLR 0 ENTER keys don't work right. I tried to open it and clean it following some step-by-steps online but I was only able to get it working briefly. I swapped the controllers to different ports and it's definitely the controller that is the issue. Now, I saw some tutorials on using conductive marker and some very precise adjustments, but I've never been good at things like that so I'd rather find a replacement if possible. Does anyone have any extra controllers or controller innards? I'll trade my broken one for someone who can repair it as well . If that's not gonna be possible to do, any ideas on cleaning or repair would be great. Thanks so much and looking forward to contributing! I also did a blog post and recorded some gameplay videos on my new intellivision, I write the blog to introduce my family and friends to retro technology that I enjoy, so it's probably not anything new to any of you but if you are interested in the pictures or videos here's the link: http://alexsretrotech.blogspot.com/2014/01/1979-mattel-electronics-intellivision.html
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