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Replace all of the caps anyway, and the power jack if it's included in the kit. Then you're eliminating those as possibilities.

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On 1/7/2020 at 5:07 PM, Nathan Strum said:

Replace all of the caps anyway, and the power jack if it's included in the kit. Then you're eliminating those as possibilities.

Thanks for the suggestion Nathan, that will definitely be happening.

 

I might do that on my own now as unfortunately Darcy is not able to make it over this weekend due to poor weather conditions.

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What, no Darcy show tonight? What a shame. :(

 

And now?

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Just make sure that the stream is there tomorrow morning. :) 

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The nomination process has finished for the

2nd Annual Atari Homebrew Awards!

 

We will be announcing the finalists in each of the categories LIVE THIS FRIDAY on the ZeroPage Homebrew Twitch stream at 6PM PT | 9PM ET | 2AM GMT! Then, the top games of the year for Atari 2600, Atari 8bit/5200 and Atari 7800 will be voted on by YOU starting this Saturday January 18th!

 

Atari Homebrew Awards Categories:

  • Best Atari 2600 Homebrew
  • Best Atari 7800 Homebrew (New!)
  • Best Atari 8-Bit/5200 Homebrew (New!)
  • Best ≤ 4K Homebrew (2600) (New!)
  • Best Graphics (2600)
  • Best Music + Sound (2600)
  • Best Packaging (2600)
  • Best WIP (2600)
  • Atari Lifetime Achievement Award (2600) (New!)

 

This year is extremely exciting as we expanded beyond the Atari 2600 homebrew into the realm of Atari 7800 and Atari 8bit/5200 to cover even more of the incredible talent putting together these amazing games for our favourite consoles! I want to thank AtariAge, Project Argon and The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion for their help in making this year's Atari Homebrew Awards happen!

 

Looking forward to the awards show on Feb 1, 2020!!

 

- James

 

 

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Re: Repair

Reheat the solder connection of the power jack to the board. This often cracks between the pins and the trace, either visibly or internally, due to the force of plugging it in.

Tip: Because it is quite a large pad of solder, make sure the heat is applied FOR A WHILE so BOTH the pin on the jack and the solder pad are hot. Allow it to cool slowly, without bumping it, so the joint is  strong.

 

The outer pin is ground, and the 2 other inner pins are positive (and connected together) and should measure 9V to 15V DC. 

 

Power then goes through the connecting wires to the power switch on the switch board. Looking top down at the power switch, the bottom right should be 0.0V when off. When switched on, all pins should be at (or close) to the input jack voltage.

TIP: Test for voltage with red probe, and put black probe on a ground board trace — not just shielding or the outer jack connector. Ground traces can usually be identified as large areas of circuit board copper (usually around the outside), also capacitors usually have one side on ground (and are marked with negative so the other side is ground). 

 

The power goes by the green rectangle capacitor right below the switch (above the 5 volt regulator). I have needed to replace that capacitor on 2 machines because it went bad. It causes a very “snowy” RF output picture. It is a recommended change on any refurbishment. 

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VOTING HAS STARTED!!

The voting is now underway for the 2019 Atari Homebrew Awards! Thank you for your patience while the technical issues were being worked on and huge thank you to @Albert for getting it all sorted out!! Make sure you vote in all the categories for your favourite games of 2019 in the links below!

 

Atari Homebrew Awards Categories (VOTE IN ALL!!):

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