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two units, both 4 port

 

a1 1001254 135

a1 1006931 105

 

both look like other stickers are beneath the ones on there.

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Got this one at a thrift store here in NJ for 25 bucks with no RF box and broken its a 2 month in Sunnyvale unit a long order from **** Electronics i got it working but no more 4 port 5200s for me!

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Ebay Find:

USA

SV 043

0903104

Advertised as 4 port.

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Q) What's the story with the "asterisk" (*) 5200s?

A) When Atari switched from making 4-port to 2-port models, one of the other changes made was a board revision that allowed use of the CX55 VCS Cartridge Adapter. The Taiwan factory, however, produced some 4-port units with this new board, and they have an asterisk stamped between the factory code and date code. These 5200s end up being the most capable; they utilize the 4-port BIOS (allowing play of the entire 5200 catalog, unlike units with the 2-port BIOS) and can also make use of the VCS adapter to play Atari 2600 games.

 

Great information! Bookmarked as well as copy pasted your OP to a Word Doc file.

 

I own an Atari 5200 4 port, bought brand new when the console came out. Mine is a four port and has the asterisk (*) in the serial number. I had it serviced at an Atari Service Center for a free factory notice revision which allowed the VCS adapter which I purchased at a later date. perhaps it was not even needed, meh all games including the 2600 adapter work just fine.

 

I had modified my 7800 console to composite, but have not done the same for my beloved 5200. Even though the upgrade will improve the picture, that single wire power/RF auto switch so unique from a lost era. The fuzz is hardly noticeable on my 32" HD Wega CRT, neat hearing the relay kick when powering up a game cart.

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Pretty cool. Neat that mine was made in El Paso. 2 port model.

 

EP-223 008403

 

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So I have A1 <blank space> 2105454 <stamped after space> 485. Looks like the unit as been re-labelled? Theres definitely a label underneath. What gives?

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So I have A1 <blank space> 2105454 <stamped after space> 485. Looks like the unit as been re-labelled? Theres definitely a label underneath. What gives?

its probably A-T (Atari Taiwan) and May have been reconstituted from other parts from another facility shipped overseas.

 

 

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more clues...

 

"...Interesting that your 5200 system is an Atari Corp. system...and they clearly weren't too careful about putting their sticker over the old Atari Inc. one. :P

 

Also interesting that it's a 4-port system, as it had been replaced by the 2-port system by the time Tramiel took over. It speaks to how much backstock and inventory there must have been and how much mixing-and-matching must have been done with parts, consoles, controllers, and components..."

 

its probably A-T (Atari Taiwan) and May have been reconstituted from other parts from another facility shipped overseas.


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YEP! From an earlier post:

 

"...Interesting that your 5200 system is an Atari Corp. system...and they clearly weren't too careful about putting their sticker over the old Atari Inc. one. :P

Also interesting that it's a 4-port system, as it had been replaced by the 2-port system by the time Tramiel took over. It speaks to how much backstock and inventory there must have been and how much mixing-and-matching must have been done with parts, consoles, controllers, and components..."

See the double sticker:

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more clues...

"...Interesting that your 5200 system is an Atari Corp. system...and they clearly weren't too careful about putting their sticker over the old Atari Inc. one.

Also interesting that it's a 4-port system, as it had been replaced by the 2-port system by the time Tramiel took over. It speaks to how much backstock and inventory there must have been and how much mixing-and-matching must have been done with parts, consoles, controllers, and components..."

 

YEP! From an earlier post:

 

"...Interesting that your 5200 system is an Atari Corp. system...and they clearly weren't too careful about putting their sticker over the old Atari Inc. one.

Also interesting that it's a 4-port system, as it had been replaced by the 2-port system by the time Tramiel took over. It speaks to how much backstock and inventory there must have been and how much mixing-and-matching must have been done with parts, consoles, controllers, and components..."

See the double sticker:

Definitely an A-1. The other poster is correct, Atari Corp was wrangling parts and existing inventory in a hodge podge mess. That explains the lack of continuity in the label (and the double label). I’d bet it’s covering up an Atari Inc. label from another supplier. Slap-dash.

 

 

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I've got 2 to add to the registry:

 

Atari 5200 2-port console. Made in El Paso (working console)

 

133019 EP-273

 

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Atari 5200 4-port console. Made in El Paso (currently non-working)

 

029002 EP-073

 

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I plan on getting her up and running. After all the help on this forum, I'm pretty sure I know how to get the old girl working again.

 

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