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  1. I have a new to me 800 that is in great condition overall. Video, keyboard, boots BASIC, plays Star Raiders and Centipede, etc. However, the Select and Option keys do not work. Where do I start troubleshooting? Thanks for ideas. (Start, Reset and all other keys work great)
  2. So, I went to go play my trusty Atari 2600, and discovered that she is displaying some very unusual behavior. For the record, this is a 4 switch light (CX-2600A REV 12). I have cleaned the carts and the slot, to no avail. I've googled, and googled, without any luck. Anything other than combat results in this:
  3. Hi guys! I dug out my 800XL from my mom's house this past week and hooked it up to my Plasma TV using one of these Atari to Composite cables: https://www.8bitclassics.com/Atari-800-XL-XE-5-Pin-DIN-S-Video-Cable.html?search=AXL-SVIDEO However I cannot get it to work. The 800XL power light comes on but the TV just says no signal. I tried with both composite (Yellow, Red, White) and S-Video connections on the cables, and also tried composite on another LCDTV in the house. I also have two of the same cable converters linked above and both had same results. Same thing for all tests, "no signal" on TV. I am not sure what to do next. Is it likely that there is an issue with the monitor out on the 800XL? Or is it just that my TV's cannot recognize the signal? Maybe I need a different converter? What steps should I take next? I appreciate your help 8-biters! Gabriel
  4. My faithful childhood Vectrex has started to give me display trouble. Nothing as serious as the dreaded white dot but still very annoying and distracting. I bet you Vectrex experts would know in a heartbeat what the problem is. Here is a short 2 minute video which shows exactly whats going on: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz4AqY6lCFE&feature=youtu.be Im not an electronics man myself but I do have a couple on hand and would love to get this Vectrex running at 100% again. Thank you to anyone that can help.
  5. I hooked up my Atari today and video was full of static and has banded white dots. I'm not really sure how to explain it, so I made a video. The Atari is connected to the TV using a coax adapter from radio Shack (pictured below). I thought maybe the games were just dirty, so I cleaned all my cartridges and cartridge slot. Picture looks better but as you can see in video it didn't fix the problem. I'm not sure what else to try. I read somewhere on this forum about replacing a capacitor.. Can anyone tell if the white dots are due to a failed capacitor or something like that? Or is this being caused by my coax or adapter? Thanks everyone! http://youtu.be/K_n3QMxWVGI
  6. I have two VIC-20s sitting here. One is missing its VIAs, two is not. One will give a video signal but no screen. Two gives no video signal. Moving the VIC from one to two transfers the screen behavior. I have replaced the KERNEL ROM and 6502 in both with no joy, as well as moving the 6522s around between boards. Two's 6522s are different manufacturers and vintage thus I suspect one or both have been replaced. I have been down Ray's troubleshooting guide and the thought of going after the TTL logic chips is bothersome to say the least -- this amount of work may not pay off for my purposes. Has anyone ever seen bad 6522s causing the behavior of video giving signal and black screen, with no other apparent sign of life? I have an internal source for 6522s which I can get to fairly easily. These are the two-pin power variety and the power supply is giving out 9.5VAC. I have checked the fuse and various power points around the board to confirm power is not an issue.
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