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Which version of the 7800 do you own?

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  1. 1. Which version of the 7800 do you own?

    • Version 1 (Expansion Port)
      24
    • Version 2 (Port Removed)
      5
    • Version 3 (Removed and Covered)
      20
    • I don't have a 7800.
      9
    • I don't know.
      3


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Version 1 has the expansion port.

Version 2 has it removed.

Version 3 has it removed but covered up.

 

Anyways, of all the versions, I happen to have version 2.

It's not a big deal, but it's akward being able to see directly into the motherboard.

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You forgot hybrid version. Which, is a 7800 version 1 motherboard inside of a version 3 case. In other words, mine has an expansion port on the motherboard and is a rev. 1, but was sold inside a version 3 case which, doesn't show the expansion port.

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Mine has next to no sign of expansion port.

 

Also, I think the video circuitry drastically changed appearance among versions as well.

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I purchased mine new in 1988. It doesn't have the expansion circuitry nor the opening/blemesh on the outer shell.

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You forgot hybrid version. Which, is a 7800 version 1 motherboard inside of a version 3 case. In other words, mine has an expansion port on the motherboard and is a rev. 1, but was sold inside a version 3 case which, doesn't show the expansion port.

I suspect this is what I have -- not sure how to tell exactly -- because there's no expansion port visible, but it will play pretty much anything and my understanding is that it's the later models that have trouble with certain carts (e.g. Robot Tank) and the Supercharger. Am I correct in this assumption?

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just from looking at the outside of mine i have

1 version 1 and

2 version 3 - i havent bothered to take them apart to see whats inside

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Version 1, as it's the one I actually use.

 

I also own a Version 3 console, which was my first one from 1989. It no longer works, however, and got replaced by the Version 1 in 1997.

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I have a heavily modified third generation 7800. It has the Maria socketed, has a DevOS BIOS that's socketed, has mods to the port that allow easy fit of Activision, Imagic, and TigerVision carts, has a TV Type switch, and the power adapter is modded to run a wireless joystick base.

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NTSC #2

PAL #3 (two of these) and one that is just a motherboard in the RF shielding :D

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I have two of version 3. One has a lot of rust on the metal shielding underneath, but the other one is in pretty good shape.

 

Both were the funky ones that didn't work, at first, with some of the homebrews, but now do work with all the homebrews.

 

I've never seen any of the earlier versions. Hopefully, one day I will.

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I've noticed an awful lot of people seem to have expansion ports. I've read that they were only made in 1984 and there's only like 4000 of them or whatever, but I have a hard time believing that. Way too common for that to be true IMO.

 

I had at least an expansion shell, not sure if I had the port, on my first 7800 in 1987. Those older ones were rotten for me - the first one was DOA (couldn't boot Pole Position) and the other blew up a capacitor after 2 years. My current unit was new in 1990 and still works great.

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I just found VERSION 1 today,and my other one is version 3.

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You forgot hybrid version. Which, is a 7800 version 1 motherboard inside of a version 3 case. In other words, mine has an expansion port on the motherboard and is a rev. 1, but was sold inside a version 3 case which, doesn't show the expansion port.

This one is mine also, but I voted removed.

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Okay i found ver 1 today,opened the console up to clean and found moulded inside the following:C024536,and underneath:C018020,with a line through the middle across the numbers,just on the C018020,and REV A-5 beside the 2 set of numbers.

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Nevermind.

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I picked up one just today with an expansion interface on the left side. That makes it version 1 I guess?

 

Whats the difference, functionality wise, between the versions, if any? And what was the expansion interface intended for?

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