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Internal dust sleeve in Atari carts really needed?

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So, I was thinking of using my leftover commons for a new game.  But, I'm especially challenged and keep losing the springs or other parts.

 

Is the internal dust sleeve/shield really needed?  After the springs are gone it kinda slides and makes broken sounding noises.  Can those be left out?

 

 

Don't hurt me :)  I've never tried salvaging carts myself before.  Any input would be appreciated.

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I doubt it's really needed. Many third party 2600 cartridges didn't have flapper doors, and subsequent consoles didn't use them either. Sometimes the connectors get a little more oxidized, but I doubt there's overwhelming evidence that Atari cartridges are way cleaner because they're protected.

Counterpoint: you don't want your games to end up like NES cartridges, do you? :lolblue:

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As Flojo stated the cart protector doors were an extra expense that the 3rd party companies realized wasn't really needed. The main idea behind them is to keep dust out of the carts and cart port on the console. On the console side I can see a use for them as they prevent dust and other debris from getting inside the system. But even later on starting with the 5200 Atari abandoned this and just stuck with cart dust doors on the games. Until the 7800 at which point they eventually stopped doing that altogether in later releases. 

 

So as long as you have the pegs on the cart in place to open the dust door on the cart port in the console you should be fine.

 

Keep in mind that while the dust doors keep stuff from getting inside the console and games, they did nothing for oxidation since they aren't airtight. If anything they just make the games more difficult to clean when needed.

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So, I was thinking of using my leftover commons for a new game.  But, I'm especially challenged and keep losing the springs or other parts.

 

Is the internal dust sleeve/shield really needed?  After the springs are gone it kinda slides and makes broken sounding noises.  Can those be left out?

 

 

Don't hurt me :)  I've never tried salvaging carts myself before.  Any input would be appreciated.

 

Keep them as they are intended. Take better care not to loose anything. If you do loose things you should write off those shells. Nobody wants to buy something that is already damaged.

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Well, it turns out I thought I was golden as I've only been testing sleevless carts on my 7800.  My light sixer refused to accept anything as the cart didn't have those pokey bits.

 

Live and learn.  Only new shells for me!  Thank you for the advice.

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Well, it turns out I thought I was golden as I've only been testing sleevless carts on my 7800.  My light sixer refused to accept anything as the cart didn't have those pokey bits.

 

Live and learn.  Only new shells for me!  Thank you for the advice.

 

You don't need to only use new shells just take care of what you are working with.

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You don't need to only use new shells just take care of what you are working with.

 

Plus, I believe they are 5 bucks each. :ponder:

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You don't need to only use new shells just take care of what you are working with.

 

You should make a quick video, showing how to open a cart, could be very useful for future generations. LOL

 

You know I am busy, otherwise I would do it.

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You should make a quick video, showing how to open a cart, could be very useful for future generations. LOL

 

You know I am busy, otherwise I would do it.

 

The existing videos I've found on YouTube are pretty bad.  One guy was violating a cart with a flat head screwdriver so bad I had to take a shower after watching.

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My wife has an incredibly hard time, opening carts (she refuses now), to me it's nature.  I can open them so fast, I get blank stares. :lol:

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My wife has an incredibly hard time, opening carts (she refuses now), to me it's nature.  I can open them so fast, I get blank stares. :lol:

 

 

You should make a quick video, showing how to open a cart, could be very useful for future generations. LOL

 

You know I am busy, otherwise I would do it.

 

Maybe I'll make a video opening one with one hand :P

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A little pressure on the label side of the cart and pull away on the back side of the cart. Pop goes the weasel. It's really this simple.

 

[attachment=637943:two hands.mp4]

 

 

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A little pressure on the label side of the cart and pull away on the back side of the cart. Pop goes the weasel. It's really this simple.

 

attachicon.giftwo hands.mp4

 

 

 

Have you tried it with your feet?  I can't do it.

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