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Just an fyi (and maybe this has already been discovered), but I picked up one of these Super Video To VGA Converter With External Cable TV Tuner 1920x1200 Pixels  in an attempt to connect my 2600 to the VGA port on my projector (also tried an LCD tv).  No good.  The Composite out worked better but still not good.  :thumbsdown:   I really don't want to mod my 2600 in order to get it to work with my projector but maybe that's the only way.   :?

 

http://www.ambery.com/suvitosxcosw.html

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Just an fyi (and maybe this has already been discovered), but I picked up one of these Super Video To VGA Converter With External Cable TV Tuner 1920x1200 Pixels  in an attempt to connect my 2600 to the VGA port on my projector (also tried an LCD tv).  No good.  The Composite out worked better but still not good.  :thumbsdown:   I really don't want to mod my 2600 in order to get it to work with my projector but maybe that's the only way.   :?
 
http://www.ambery.com/suvitosxcosw.html


Don't projectors have all kinds of inputs?
Mine has composite, svideo, Y PB PR, VGA, and HDMI, and it's an affordable ACER with a 16:9 DLP chip that was around $500 lots of years ago.
Any device with a tuner and composite out should work, and is how I currently have my Intellivision hooked to it.
Just DON'T use a switch box. Use an RCA to coax adapter. I have a tuner that is set to channel 3 and it has RCA audio out and RCA composite out. I can also use a VCR set to channel 3 to turn the RF into composite.

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Do a basic composite mod at least - you'll never regret it. Unless you're even worse soldering than I am, in which case.. well in that case, VCR throughput it is. I'd recommend that over a VGA converter anyway. You're not going to "gain" anything from using VGA, and the VCR will probably deal with the 2600 signal better.

 

Don't be surprised if you can't get a "good" looking image regardless. The pixels will be several inches high.

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I agree. Unless it is a Heavy Sixer 1977-78 Atari VCS, a composite mod is great.
The two Atari 7800's I have we're so bad with RF, I did both a simple and complicated AV mod.
The simple one was free because I found the transistor and a few resistors and an RCA "female end" cable in scrap that I had!

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Hell I did my first mod as the most basic mod on a Jr - no parts required, just literally soldering to the board. No resistors or transistors needed at all. And it outputs a signal that most CRTs have no problems with.

 

Transistor mods with pots work best though; it's remarkable how good the picture quality is. And even a solderer as bad as me can do it :)

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I have no problem with soldering.. I just didn't want to hack my childhood 2600. Maybe I'll pick up a second unit to hack... Or mount the plugs in a seperate box (with slim cable running between it and 2600) so that everything would be reversible.

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