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Amdek Color-I No Sound

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Hello all!

 

I started listening to the Antic podcast several months ago and doing so encouraged me to get out my Atari 800 and drives again. It's been a long time. Then, by chance, I saw on my local Craigslist that an Amdek Color-I had popped up and it seemed well received here so I bought it. I have no idea what it's worth but I paid $40 for it and it looks great. Goes really well with the Atari 800. On the back it looks like it has an RCA jack and a 1/8 stereo jack. My monitor cable is DN05 to audio/video RCA. So for the back of the monitor I went and got a RCA female to 1/8 stereo jack. But the Amdek won't output sound and I wondered if it was something with my setup and hoped someone here could help me. I appreciate any comments!

 

 

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Hello all!

 

I started listening to the Antic podcast several months ago and doing so encouraged me to get out my Atari 800 and drives again. It's been a long time. Then, by chance, I saw on my local Craigslist that an Amdek Color-I had popped up and it seemed well received here so I bought it. I have no idea what it's worth but I paid $40 for it and it looks great. Goes really well with the Atari 800. On the back it looks like it has an RCA jack and a 1/8 stereo jack. My monitor cable is DN05 to audio/video RCA. So for the back of the monitor I went and got a RCA female to 1/8 stereo jack. But the Amdek won't output sound and I wondered if it was something with my setup and hoped someone here could help me. I appreciate any comments!

 

 

 

I don't think this is it, but try an RCA female to 1/8" mono jack. Also, try plugging the 800 into some computer speakers or your stereo to make sure it is sending audio out.

 

I use this exact same set up, but with a mono jack.

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Bridge the shield grounds on both the audio and video cables. You can do it with a screwdriver or maybe by bending a paperclip around the outer sleeves. I have a Amdek with the same type inputs and for some reason, the audio in jack isn't grounded properly. Good luck! :)

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Ditto with testing audio out from the Atari with a television or speakers first.

And to add an obvious hint: don't forget hooking up the Amdek to a known working audio source (CD player, PDA, smartphone), in order to make sure the monitor's audio circuitry is working properly in the first place.

 

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

 

I went on eBay and ordered a different plug. I used a GameCube playing a game because I knew it would have constant sound for me to test with. I noticed as I plugged it in this time if I keep the plug pushed in about 1/3 of the way I have sound. Plugged in all the way and I get nothing. RodLightning - is this maybe what you mean by not grounded properly?

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If your adapter has two black bands on the 1/8" plug it is the wrong one. Correct one is HERE

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Back to my comment, you need a RCA to 1/8" mono adapter, not stereo. :-) Radio Shack should have them.

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Back to my comment, you need a RCA to 1/8" mono adapter, not stereo. :-) Radio Shack should have them.

 

Even RadioShack overlooks "mono" in reference to the left channel. For example this device (the one TheNixer is using) just connects the nonexistent right channel (ring) to the center of the RCA plug instead of the left mono channel (tip) which is why it works when hanging out of the "audio in" jack - http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102690

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

 

I went on eBay and ordered a different plug. I used a GameCube playing a game because I knew it would have constant sound for me to test with. I noticed as I plugged it in this time if I keep the plug pushed in about 1/3 of the way I have sound. Plugged in all the way and I get nothing. RodLightning - is this maybe what you mean by not grounded properly?

 

Hi TheNixer,

 

It's not exactly what I suggested but indeed, as fibrewire has posted in #8, it's the connector you were using. When you push the connector you have in 1/3 of the way, the outer most segments are touching the two contact points inside the jack. When you push it all the way in, one of the necessary contacts moves past where it needs to be. As mentioned, you need a similar adapter with only two segments. It's good to know the your Amdek is fine and just needs an easy fix! :)

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That is an easy fix, wow, thanks for all the help! My local Radio Shack only had the one stereo jack so I eBayed the correct one. I appreciate the info.

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I just picked up the same monitor and I'm having the same issue with audio.  Since Radio Shack is no longer and the links above don't work anymore, can someone point me in the right direction for the cable that I need?

 

Thank you

 

 

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I don’t recall the ad - but there was one back in the day that showed an Amdek Color with an Atari 8 (and now that I think about it - it might have been that ad for the Amdek 3.0” disk for the atari!) and I lusted over that monitor (and that drive) endlessly but in all of my years have not seen a single one of those Amdek monitors... Great score! Looks nice!

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