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Connect 600XL to TV (PAL)

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Hi all,

 

New to this forum, so let me first introduce myself: My name is Rik and I am currently collecting the three main computers I used in my youth: the Apple II+, the TI 99 4/A and the Atari 600XL with 64Kb extension (in that order :)

 

I've got problems connecting my Atari to any TV I own. I've tried the RCA to RF (coax) cable and searching all channels (incl fine tuning) on 3 different TV's.

 

Given that I never got that working, I bought (through ebay) a atari/commodore 5-pin to 4 RCA and tried that (in my S-video connections on the tv's). No success either... Never got any further than a darkgreenish/red flickering screen at some point.

 

Am I may be missing something here? Do I need a special converter to hook up my Atari to any relatively (say, 10-15 years old) television?

 

I've searched various forums, tried many things, but never got it to work. When I bought my Atari on ebay, the seller did say he hooked it up to a monitor and it worked then... well..

 

Hope you can help, thanks in advance!

 

R

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Hi Rik and welcome.

 

People with more hardware knowledge than me will answer.

 

I can only say that you don't need converters to use your 600XL on modern TV using coax cable or videocomposite cable (2 or 3 RCA not 4).

If I am not wrong, PAL 600XL, like 800XLs and unlike 130XE, don't have s-video (luma-chroma) output but only composite (you can add s-video with an internal mod).

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Hi Rik and welcome.

 

People with more hardware knowledge than me will answer.

 

I can only say that you don't need converters to use your 600XL on modern TV using coax cable or videocomposite cable (2 or 3 RCA not 4).

If I am not wrong, PAL 600XL, like 800XLs and unlike 130XE, don't have s-video (luma-chroma) output but only composite (you can add s-video with an internal mod).

 

thanks for the quick reply, Philsan!

 

I think I made a mistake in my original post. I meant to say that I connected the monitor output to my composite connection (not s-video) on the TV's (the yellow connector, so to speak), using one of the 4 available RCA connectors on the cable (tried them all of course, but only one gave me the green/brown flickering signal)... It could be that the cable is not correct for my XL?

 

R

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sounds like your 600XL is having issues... machines that arnt working properly can display a green or reddish brown screen.

 

sloopy.

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I am not an expert but I think that even with an s-video cable you should see something inserting one of the plugs in the monitor.

As sloopy said, likely your 600XL has problems.

 

Unfortunately hardware isn't my field so I cannot help...

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You should have no real problems connecting your 600XL to a modern TV using the RF cable. The fact you get nothing, is like Sloopy suggested - looks like the 600XL has issues.

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When you are dutch, drop in at the atari/c64/msx clubday in Maarssen. (next one were I am is 15 october)

and I'll have look at your 600xl, perhaps fix it :-)

 

Later.

Sijmen.

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thanks all for the replies... It could well be that my atari has issues, given the responses here :(. I do live in the netherlands, so if I haven't solved the problem before Oct the 15th, I might drop by :)

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Ok, update...

 

I've acquired another Atari 600XL and tried to get a display from that... No success either (using 3 TV's (5-15 yrs old), a VCR (about 15 yrs old) and both the RF as well as the composite cables (different RF this time; original Atari one)! :(

 

So it is not the computer itself...

 

The only thing they had in common when I hooked them up to the TV was the power unit (since I have a broken one, I used the same one for both).

 

My question is: can a faulty power unit cause display issues (there is a signal to the TV, the red light on the Atari is on, but there's no clear image at all (or something resembling a close image))...?? That is the only thing I can think of right now... :( Getting desperate here :)

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FINALLY!

 

As posted in my last post, I suspected the power unit could be a possible cause for the non-display... Having replaced one of the fuses in the broken one (the one that didn't work before, i.e., and hence wasn't involved in the testing of the 2 atari's) and using this power unit, I finally got the display right!

 

So relieved, now I can finally dive into using it again :)

 

R

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FINALLY!

 

As posted in my last post, I suspected the power unit could be a possible cause for the non-display... Having replaced one of the fuses in the broken one (the one that didn't work before, i.e., and hence wasn't involved in the testing of the 2 atari's) and using this power unit, I finally got the display right!

 

So relieved, now I can finally dive into using it again :)

 

R

Excellent!

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