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so just clarify this with me.... if you have a 4 port model, and it has a power supply hookup in the back, then its one of the asterix versions?

 

and just as a side note, i recently did one of those RCA video output mods to it.... not sure if that really effects the value, but it doent matter much to me since it looks and sounds sooooo damn good!

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so just clarify this with me.... if you have a 4 port model, and it has a power supply hookup in the back, then its one of the asterix versions?

 

and just as a side note, i recently did one of those RCA video output mods to it.... not sure if that really effects the value, but it doent matter much to me since it looks and sounds sooooo damn good!

 

As far as I know, the asterisk models were 'fixed' 4 port versions, modified so that you could use the 2600 adapter to play 2600 games. Without the fix it would apparently fry the adapter.

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As far as I know, the asterisk models were 'fixed' 4 port versions, modified so that you could use the 2600 adapter to play 2600 games. Without the fix it would apparently fry the adapter.

 

thanks for getting back to me.... i def dont want to fry my system!

 

so then what is the difference between the models that use the switcher for power hookup and the ones that have a power adapter in the back of the actual unit? I just heard that older 5200s dont have a power hookup on the unit itself.....

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I bet there are plenty of experts that can list all the differences- the ones I know are:

4 ports instead of 2

4 port model needs fix to use 2600 adapter

(* models, plus you can DIY)

4 port model plays all 5200 games (I understand that the 2 port models won't play a few fames)

4 port model has power combined into the RF switch- there's no power connector on the 5200 itself.

 

That's all I know for sure. If anyone can add to this info, or correct any mistakes, please feel free to do so. I'm pretty new to the 5200, but I've already repaired 3 of them, including one 2 port model.

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thanks for the clarification :D

 

The only reason I ask is that ive heard on the 4 port models, there are only a few of them which actually have a power connector on the unit itself.... i own a 4 port one that has power on the back, so I can play it without the switch box.... but mine doesnt have an asterix, so i was just curious as to what "version" mine is.... plus, the power connector i got with it has dual cords on the same side of the transformer box, not the "through the box" cord style.... visually, my power cord looks like this ==[] not this --[]-- if that makes any sense.....

 

Im just trying to identify what kind of system i have.... any thoughts?

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thanks for the clarification :D

 

The only reason I ask is that ive heard on the 4 port models, there are only a few of them which actually have a power connector on the unit itself.... i own a 4 port one that has power on the back, so I can play it without the switch box.... but mine doesnt have an asterix, so i was just curious as to what "version" mine is.... plus, the power connector i got with it has dual cords on the same side of the transformer box, not the "through the box" cord style.... visually, my power cord looks like this ==[] not this --[]-- if that makes any sense.....

 

Im just trying to identify what kind of system i have.... any thoughts?

I'm not sure Atari even did the power modification to the 4 port. It is probably done by a previous owner? That doesn't mean it works with the VCS adapter of course. Have you tried one?

There are many different style power adapters for the 5200. I have heard that there was an A8 disk drive called the Indus GT that initially came with a genuine Atari 5200 power supply.

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I'm not sure Atari even did the power modification to the 4 port. It is probably done by a previous owner? That doesn't mean it works with the VCS adapter of course. Have you tried one?

There are many different style power adapters for the 5200. I have heard that there was an A8 disk drive called the Indus GT that initially came with a genuine Atari 5200 power supply.

I havent tried the VCS adapter yet.... i dont actually have one yet, and if I did i would be a little worried about frying the system....

 

the mod was def not done by someone (unless they have their own injection molding kit)... its clearly a factory version... even has a little square shape next to it that is formed into the plastic.... its to the left of the channel switch when looking at it head-on... also, there is a cutout on the other side of the rear that looks like it was meant for an expansion slot or something.... and the board has a connection area there....

 

serial number is: A14162161786 if that helps at all... it also says "Atari Corp." instead of "Atari, inc" on the sticker

 

**UPDATE: nevermind..... http://atariage.com/forums/topic/176462-4-port-system-that-uses-regular-switchbox/

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I havent tried the VCS adapter yet.... i dont actually have one yet, and if I did i would be a little worried about frying the system....

 

the mod was def not done by someone (unless they have their own injection molding kit)... its clearly a factory version... even has a little square shape next to it that is formed into the plastic.... its to the left of the channel switch when looking at it head-on... also, there is a cutout on the other side of the rear that looks like it was meant for an expansion slot or something.... and the board has a connection area there....

 

serial number is: A14162161786 if that helps at all... it also says "Atari Corp." instead of "Atari, inc" on the sticker

 

**UPDATE: nevermind..... http://atariage.com/forums/topic/176462-4-port-system-that-uses-regular-switchbox/

Nice. So they did rework old stock. Very cool. I'd be interested to know if the VCS adapter works in them. I did that mod to one of my 4 ports and it is not easy and simple like the power mod.

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Nice. So they did rework old stock. Very cool. I'd be interested to know if the VCS adapter works in them. I did that mod to one of my 4 ports and it is not easy and simple like the power mod.

yes, i would love to know if the vcs works on it.... but im really afraid of doing any damage to my system.... im glad I did the AV mod, but when it comes to a VCS, i think ill just stick to my JR or my 7800 ;-)

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