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Finally got my 7800 out of storage.  Here's the label:

 

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Looks like I paid a whopping $6 for it whenever I bought it years ago.

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I am just wondering why this list of Serial numbers has not been updated in 3 years.

I see all new serial numbers but non are being added to the list.

 

Thanks

 

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On 2/6/2020 at 12:16 PM, Sean39 said:

I am just wondering why this list of Serial numbers has not been updated in 3 years.

I see all new serial numbers but non are being added to the list.

 

Thanks

 

I’m guessing Toymailman hasn’t been around. I would love to see the list updated. 

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Hi Everyone

     I do know that Atari only had from June to July to ship any Atari 7800 systems in 1984.

Then all other Atari 7800 that were made in 1984 were shelved. In 1986 they were taken off the shelves and sold then.

Also new ones were produced when those ran out. I know not a lot of Atari 7800 system could be sold in one month.

My dad left working for Atari in late 1984 after finding out about everything that had taken place. We ended up moving from the West

coast to the East coast..  I have always wonder if the only units to actually be sold in 1984 were the EP units. Then the AT84 were

all shelved due to the program for the 7800 was shut down till 1986. The AT units were assembled in Taipei City,Tiawan .

The EP unit were assembled in El Paso, Texas. I know my dad said they were told to shelve all the 7800 and there was a lot

of disagreements in the company. My dad got tired of it and gave his notice to quit. I never ask him later anything about them

due to this was a very sensitive subject with him. I now just wonder if it was possible that if any AT84 units slip out during the sales in

June to July of 1984. Everything after July 1984 was stopped and shelved from what I was told by my dad and it made him very angry.

I am guessing that there was still Atari 7800s on the floors in stores in August of 1984 ,but the stores were not getting any more new shipments

of the Atari 7800 console after the Month of July of 1984. I have not seen any pictures of any 7800 on this thread earlier than the one I have.

I would love to have an earlier one but I am very happy with the one in my collection.  I really doubt that I can find an older one but will at least keep looking for one.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi Everyone

     I am going to post pictures of my real early Console mother board. This is it Serial number 000517  EP-264

The Ram Chip is what gets me. They are Hitachi type chips with Date code 3K1 and 3M1.

I look this up the letter K stood for October and the letter M stood for December.

That would work out to be 1983 in October in the 1st week  and 1983 in December 1st week.

Does anyone know if Atari used Hitachi Chips in the RAM in the Atari 7800. I have spare memory chips

my dad had around the house and they have Date code of 8408 on them. They also have Atari numbers on them as well.

CO22090-003. The Chips were also made by Motorola. ( these are the spare chips , RAM chip for the 7800)

They also say MCM6116P15 on them.

 

Anyways I am hoping those Hitachi Chips are early ones that Atari started out with in the 7800 console.

Since the Serial number is 000517   EP-268

 

Well take a look at the pictures and let me know what you think. The Ram chips are in the first pic. The first 2 chips in the left hand side of the picture are the RAM chips. As you can see there is no Atari Chip code numbers on them

The CO followed by a number is Atari number and you will see that on other chips.

 

Thanks

 

Atari 7800 Chips pic 1.jpg

Atari 7800 Chips pic 2.jpg

Atari 7800 Chips pic 3.jpg

Atari 7800 Chips pic 4.jpg

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Hi Everyone

    I have several different 1984 chips for the Atari 7800.

My dad brought chips home and they were for the Atari 7800.

I think I even still have Atari 2600 VCS chips from 1977 and 1978

he brought home. Anyways here is a spare RAM chip from 1984

for the Atari 7800. Date code on it is 8408. The only 8th week in 1984

way before the 7800 was even release in 1984 . Even way before May

when the announcement came out for the Atari 7800 and you will see the Atari

Chip coding on the Chips. They always start out with C0.

 

Anyways Enjoy

 

Thanks

 

Atari 7800 Ram Chip 1984.jpg

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Hi everyone

I am sorry I did not post pictures of a power supply use on my unit with the serial number 000517 EP264

anyways here they are. You will see date code of 2284 on one side. On the other side you will see SA 0002

along with the date code of 2284 again. This very early before the sale of the 7800 in June of 1984.

 

 

Thanks

 

 

 

Atari 7800 power supply pic 1.jpg

atari 7800 power supply pic 2.jpg

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On February 12, 2020 at 8:34 PM, Sean39 said:

Hi Everyone

     I am going to post pictures of my real early Console mother board. This is it Serial number 000517  EP-264

The Ram Chip is what gets me. They are Hitachi type chips with Date code 3K1 and 3M1.

I look this up the letter K stood for October and the letter M stood for December.

That would work out to be 1983 in October in the 1st week  and 1983 in December 1st week.

Does anyone know if Atari used Hitachi Chips in the RAM in the Atari 7800. I have spare memory chips

my dad had around the house and they have Date code of 8408 on them. They also have Atari numbers on them as well.

CO22090-003. The Chips were also made by Motorola. ( these are the spare chips , RAM chip for the 7800)

They also say MCM6116P15 on them.

 

Anyways I am hoping those Hitachi Chips are early ones that Atari started out with in the 7800 console.

Since the Serial number is 000517   EP-268

 

Well take a look at the pictures and let me know what you think. The Ram chips are in the first pic. The first 2 chips in the left hand side of the picture are the RAM chips. As you can see there is no Atari Chip code numbers on them

The CO followed by a number is Atari number and you will see that on other chips.

 

Thanks

 

Atari 7800 Chips pic 1.jpg

Atari 7800 Chips pic 2.jpg

Atari 7800 Chips pic 3.jpg

Atari 7800 Chips pic 4.jpg

Very nice if you flip the board over there should be a date stamp stating Rev A on it in the corner with week and year. So far 26th week on your serial number is not that old for that low number of 517 unless these Elpaso were not made 1st mine is a 24th week sunnyvale but your PCB mat be dated earlier than the shell sticker.

 

On February 12, 2020 at 8:34 PM, Sean39 said:

Hi Everyone

     I am going to post pictures of my real early Console mother board. This is it Serial number 000517  EP-264

The Ram Chip is what gets me. They are Hitachi type chips with Date code 3K1 and 3M1.

I look this up the letter K stood for October and the letter M stood for December.

That would work out to be 1983 in October in the 1st week  and 1983 in December 1st week.

Does anyone know if Atari used Hitachi Chips in the RAM in the Atari 7800. I have spare memory chips

my dad had around the house and they have Date code of 8408 on them. They also have Atari numbers on them as well.

CO22090-003. The Chips were also made by Motorola. ( these are the spare chips , RAM chip for the 7800)

They also say MCM6116P15 on them.

 

Anyways I am hoping those Hitachi Chips are early ones that Atari started out with in the 7800 console.

Since the Serial number is 000517   EP-268

 

Well take a look at the pictures and let me know what you think. The Ram chips are in the first pic. The first 2 chips in the left hand side of the picture are the RAM chips. As you can see there is no Atari Chip code numbers on them

The CO followed by a number is Atari number and you will see that on other chips.

 

Thanks

 

Atari 7800 Chips pic 1.jpg

Atari 7800 Chips pic 2.jpg

Atari 7800 Chips pic 3.jpg

Atari 7800 Chips pic 4.jpg

 

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And the first one listed for me, needs to have the LHE AV mod part removed from it and replaced with UAV AV mod instead. I also have a third working 7800 that is very beat up cosmetically, but been good as a test unit that I need to add the serial for to this list. If the original OP isn't available anymore, maybe Al needs to hand control to edit the first post to another?

 

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I can pick the serial tracking back up if the original maintainer is no longer around.

I already copied most of the data into a spreadsheet and was trying to organize it but figured I would hold off for a bit.

I would have to validate it all from the posts... 14 pages of joy :)

 

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13 minutes ago, kheller2 said:

I can pick the serial tracking back up if the original maintainer is no longer around.

I already copied most of the data into a spreadsheet and was trying to organize it but figured I would hold off for a bit.

I would have to validate it all from the posts... 14 pages of joy :)

 

It's my understanding @toymailman is still around. They are an AA Subscriber and make THE BEST homebrew cartridge trays in the world. You're doing something wrong if you're still using the "stock" trays that come with AtariAge Store purchases. Only thing is, they can go a month or two sometimes without popping into the forums, but they're always responsive by email. Perhaps they can weigh in on whether they'd like someone to take the lead on this thread moving forward?

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On 3/28/2020 at 10:33 AM, Crazymoon67 said:

Very nice if you flip the board over there should be a date stamp stating Rev A on it in the corner with week and year. So far 26th week on your serial number is not that old for that low number of 517 unless these Elpaso were not made 1st mine is a 24th week sunnyvale but your PCB mat be dated earlier than the shell sticker.

 

 

Hi my dad had two boards

The one that was in the EP unit has 2284 on it and the other board not in anything has 2184 on it.

I am going to post pictures of both boards bottoms. You are correct the board is older than the stamp.

Thanks I hope this helps out

 

 

 

bottom of board in the EP unit.jpg

Bottom of board with 264.jpg

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Hi

 

I bought this Console around February 2020 at some point.

 

AT 84 11468

 

Anyways I now know that only 5000 consoles ever made it out to be sold in 1984.

So When I bough this console I did not know that. I am guessing the 84 is the year it was manufacture but

I am guessing these were the ones that were shelved in 1984 and not sold till 1986.

What I can tell that in the short amount of time only around 5000 console actually made it out to be sold

in 1984 and it was stated that all were EP units.(This was stated in the article I read and I do not know myself) ... This is only a guess if the serial number is above 5000 then the consoles did not make it out to be sold.

 

What I would like to know are we talking about a serial numbers as followed ( being the last sold in 1984)

 

S.N.    72R4BR     005000  EP-XXX       (The xxx being a date code)  

 

or  Possibly this type of serial number

 

Serial No.

     72R4BR        AT8405000

 

Both manufactured in different places but would carry the serial number 5000

 

I guess my question were these both being manufacture in 1984 at the same time in two different places, and which ones

would have been released to the public in the short time in 1984 before they were shelved.

we are talking about a short time between May of 1984 to July of 1984 ,or even shorter time like June  1984 to July 1984.

 

I have been just doing  a lot of reading and it seems that everyone says that 5000 consoles did sell in 1984.

 

What I want to know for sure was it only EP type units that only sold , or did some AT units also sale back during this time.

 

I am just trying to get a clearer understanding on this. Does anyone know for sure 100 % with out a doubt.

I am just trying to learn ,so I understand this really well.

 

This way I can collect the units that actually sold in 1984. That Ep unit with the serial # 517 is something my dad brought home in

1984 not something I really luck out on finding. What I want to do is now search on my own and try to find an early one in existence somewhere while buying it myself.

 

If all is true of what I have read then the AT8411468 never saw the day light in 1984 since it would have been 1984 but number 11,468.

 

Also if EP units were the only ones to be sold in 1984 then all the AT units would have never saw the day light of 1984 till the release in 1986.

 

Does anyone actually know if the EP units were the only consoles to be sold in 1984 ? I am really just asking this question,so I can learn this correctly.

Again I am trying to learn about this correctly since I do not know myself which ones actually  sold in 1984. I also do not want to

make mistakes while trying to now collect these consoles. I am also only putting this in this thread since this question is about serial numbers. I figure it sure will help me a lot to know this , and  could also help others who are new to this type of collecting.

 

Thank you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I'm no 7800 expert (anymore) but there are several label version, serial versions etc.. and at this point in time I'm not even sure one could match up motherboard versions with a serial number, let alone a manufacture date.

 

Here is a small sample table I was working with:

 

				TYPE	FCC			
72R4BR	A1	86	5357890		BPA72R7800	ATARI CORPORATION	MADE IN TAIWAN	ATARI logo
72R4BR	A3	85	5081592		BPA72R7800	ATARI CORPORATION	MADE IN TAIWAN	ATARI logo
72R4BR	AT		8408200		BPA72R7800	ATARI, INC.	MADE IN TAIWAN	Atari + Warner logo
72R4BR	A1	74	5026521		BPA72R7800	ATARI, CORP	MADE IN TAIWAN	
72R4BR	A3	07	5295292		BPA72R7800	ATARI CORPORATION	Made in China/Printed in Hong Kong	ATARI logo
72R4BR			003976 EP-264		BPA72R7800	ATARI, INC.	MADE IN TAIWAN	ATARI logo
								
Nothing	A1	08	4004121	PAL B	Nothing	ATARI CORPORATION	Made in China/Printed in Hong Kong	
Nothing	X	210	122966	PAL B	EBA72R7800	ATARI CORPORATION	MADE IN CHINA	
Nothing	A	??	5029223	PAL B	Nothing	ATARI CORPORATION	MADE IN CHINA sticker over MADE IN TAIWAN	

In 90% of the cases it looks like there is a seven digit serial number except in the case of the "84" ones where the leading two digits are missing or 84 IS part of the serial.  The 3rd column above is ink stamped, although I believe some of the black serial numbers were also inked on (I just haven't confirmed that yet).

 

The EP-xxx units, in my opinion are certainly the ElPaso-DATE code units.  The AT units are also the only other ones with ATARI, INC. on them, from the small sample set I looked at.

 

Note that the X units get a different FCC badge.

There are 5 FCC ID's, I've only seen two so far in the small sample set.

 

BPA72R7800
BPA83S7800
EBA72R7800
EBA26R7800

EBA6K57800

 

The first two are Atari, Inc from 84.   EBA72 is Corp from 86, the latter two are from 88.

 

At the moment, there are 8 label styles I've cataloged. 

 

 

A181 STYLE	72R4BR	A1	86	5357890			BPA72R7800	ATARI CORPORATION	MADE IN TAIWAN	ATARI logo
AT STYLE	72R4BR	AT		8408200			BPA72R7800	ATARI, INC.	MADE IN TAIWAN	Atari Logo + Small Warner logo
AT85	72R4BR	AT	85	027591			BPA72R7800	ATARI, CORP.	MADE IN TAIWAN	ATARI logo
A3 STYLE2	72R4BR	A3	8C	5202035			BPA72R7800	ATARI, CORPORATION	MADE IN TAIWAN	ATARI logo
A3 STYLE	72R4BR	A3	07	5295292			BPA72R7800	ATARI, CORPORATION	Made in China/Printed in Hong Kong sticker	ATARI logo
A1 EBA	Nothing	A1	88	5476932			EBA72R7800	ATARI CORPORATION	MADE IN TAIWAN	ATARI 7800
X Early	72R4BR	X	210	011292			BPA72R7800	ATARI, CORPORATION	MADE IN TAIWAN	ATARI logo
EP STYLE	72R4BR			008042	EP-264		BPA72R7800	ATARI, INC.	MADE IN TAIWAN	Atari Logo + Large Warner Logo	

 

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I'm excited to have joined the 7800 club. I picked up one off of eBay that has the UAV mod and was recapped. It was very exciting yesterday when I plugged in an Atari game cartridge for the first time since the early 80s. I never owned a 7800 and look forward to playing 2600 and 7800 games that I've been collecting the past year.

 

A17C 5117922

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On 4/13/2020 at 10:03 AM, kheller2 said:

Are you sure about that serial number? 17?

 

Nice, one of the last NTSC 7800s ever made.

 

Mitch

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9 hours ago, Mitch said:

Nice, one of the last NTSC 7800s ever made.

 

Mitch

Actually, if we go by what we believe are the date codes, 7C is December 1987.

There are units into late 1988, not to mention a few possible 89 and 90 units and whatever happened in China after that.

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