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Hello, I recently bought an Atari 2600 and It did not come with a power cord. I managed to find one, but there is a voltage switch on it, so I have to set the right voltage. If you know how many volts I need in order to play a PAL Atari 2600 in Europe and not make It blow up, leave an answer. By the way, the power cord is capable of giving me power from 3 volts up to 12 volts.
According to the Atari Museum, the 800XE wasn't such a great machine. To put it more bluntly, it sounds like it's the mongrel/bastard of an already cheapened 8-bit line. Atari Museum quote: "The Atari 800XE was the last of the XE line of computer systems. Having said this it would be assumed that such a system would be the most reliable and well designed system. However the 800XE turned out to be more of exercise of simply using up existing spare parts and dumping them onto the European market. The 800XE is plagued with timing issues, incompatibilities and poor reliability since its chipsets are a mis-match of various revision levels and some of the semiconductor components were not within spec or were poor quality components which failed to meet their own spec's. While the 800XE was produced in small numbers and in the European market, it may be a nice item to add to a collection, but a 130XE is a better choice to actually use in a productive manner." I'm interested in hearing from 800XE owners as to their personal experiences with these machines, if they mirror what's said about them in the Atari Museum quote. Are they really this bad? If they are, how much work is necessary to get one into satisfactory condition?