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Atari Flashback 2 Hack "Rev B" (0 Ohm Resistor?)

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I have an Atari Flashback 2, for the past couple of years I have been meaning to do the cartridge modification. Which I am sure most of you well aware, this modification will allow you to play the original Atari 2600 cartridges on the Atari Flashback 2.


Recently I have gathered all of the necessary tools, parts, information (not to mention the courage) to do the modification. However, the other day when I examined the circuit board of my Atari Flashback 2, I noticed that there appears to be a surface mount 0 Ohm resistor right where "J9" is located.


The specific Atari Flashback 2 unit that I am using, I believe is a revision "B", because of the voice in the built in game "Quadrun". It also has a much smaller circuit board than that of the revision "A".


Basically, for this modification I want to install a SPDT switch that will allow me to switch between the Atari Flashback 2s built in ROM, and the cartridges. This is so that I have the option of either playing the built-in games, or playing the original cartridges. I already have a cartridge connector, with a ribbon cable attached to it; and it is pretty much ready to be installed.


My main questions in regards to the 0 Ohm resistor…


A.) Do I have to remove it?

B.) (And if so) How exactly do I remove it? (Preferably without ruining the circuit board)


I have to admit that I have never actually hacked a video game system before, so I find this somewhat confusing. Has anyone here done this hack with the Atari Flashback "Rev B", and if so, do you have any tips and/or suggestions for me?

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I didn't think this was significant enough to start a new topic about, so please forgive my jumping in with a question that I can't find the answer to...is Adventure II available in any medium besides on the Flashback console itself? Shit, I'd even pay the manufacturer for a .BIN file. I only play VCS games on the Stella emulator; hence my question.

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Yes, you do have to remove the resistor. If you search, you will find more detailed mod instructions for all revisions of FB2, including pictures.


As for Adventure 2, this game was developed specifically for the FB2, and as such, the binary is not (legally) available.

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