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Help my enduro and keystone kapers carts dont fit in my 7800! Is the 7800s cartridge port to narrow?

 

Well known issue. Most carts that don't use the standard Atari cart shell have problems with tight fit.

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I wouldn't think so. I can try them here tonight and let you know. I do know the cart slot on the 7800 sometimes takes a little wiggling to get the angle right. I will let you know.

 

Cliff

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Try the wiggling. I've got Enduro and I play it on my 7800 without any trouble. But just about every cart I have takes a bit of wiggling, you'll get it to work.

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My 7800 doesn't have any problem with those carts. I was playing Enduro not long ago.

 

And I've read posts saying Imagic carts don't fit, but I was able to get them in without problem too.

 

<shrug>

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Is your cart slot cracked, maybe? I have two 7800s, and the one with a cracked cart guide expands enough to fit any cart, while the other simply can't hold some carts without them launching back out.

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Is your cart slot cracked, maybe? I have two 7800s, and the one with a cracked cart guide expands enough to fit any cart, while the other simply can't hold some carts without them launching back out.

 

That could be. I seem to recall looking at it closely and noticing a hairline crack in something, somewhere many years ago when this same discussion came up here. If there is a crack, it doesn't affect the function of the machine at all - in fact I guess it helps, since I can play carts in it that otherwise maybe wouldn't fit.

 

Of course, I also have a 2600 out that I can use for 2600 games instead of the 7800. (have seven working 2600s in total)

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For whatever reason, in 1984, someone decided to "update" the cartridge guide on the systems and the 7800 guide is more rounded in the corners then the original 1977 guide and the 1981 and 1983 updated guides. The 2600jr has its guide molded directly into the design and is of the correct way as it was done in 1983 originally...

 

 

Curt

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Yup. Full memory recall now. Part of the cartridge guide or port or whatever you call it on my 7800 is cracked at a corner. That allows it to "breathe" when a cart that won't fit gets put in, I guess.

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For whatever reason, in 1984, someone decided to "update" the cartridge guide on the systems and the 7800 guide is more rounded in the corners then the original 1977 guide and the 1981 and 1983 updated guides. The 2600jr has its guide molded directly into the design and is of the correct way as it was done in 1983 originally...

 

 

Curt

 

Is it safe to Dremel it so the carts fit a little easier?

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For whatever reason, in 1984, someone decided to "update" the cartridge guide on the systems and the 7800 guide is more rounded in the corners then the original 1977 guide and the 1981 and 1983 updated guides. The 2600jr has its guide molded directly into the design and is of the correct way as it was done in 1983 originally...

 

 

Curt

 

Did they redo them again around '87-'88? The later ones seem even worse than the earlier ones.

 

Mitch

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