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I purchased my first Colecovision on eBay a few days ago and got to pick it up yesterday. Seller was local to me, so bonus.

 

Anyway, after getting it home and cleaning a cartridge and the slot, it presents a fuzzy black and white image. Cleaned and tried other games with the same result. So out came the screwdriver so I could inspect the motherboard. The board went to the workshop and the plastic shell into warm and soapy water.

 

Well one issue jumped out pretty quick. The ceramic disc capacitor at location C70 had a broken leg and the area by the leg had a nice sooty coating. I dont know what caused it to die, but I suspect that its proximity to the cartrdge connector means it got crushed by an improperly inserted cartridge. If you open the cartridge door, C70 is at the right edge of where the cartridge sits.

 

So I remove the broken cap and check my Radio Shack capacitor assortment to no avail...worthless purchase so far. However I did have a piece of 2600 RF modulator left over from a mod that I hadnt thrown out yet. Glad I didnt because it had the exact capacitor I needed. A little bit of soldering later, my Colecovision is now working perfectly.

 

The moral of the story is to save capacitors, transistors, and other working bits from scrapped electronics. You never know when you'll need them.

 

Also, I tend to ramble, so please excuse me.

 

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I purchased my first Colecovision on eBay a few days ago and got to pick it up yesterday. Seller was local to me, so bonus.

 

Anyway, after getting it home and cleaning a cartridge and the slot, it presents a fuzzy black and white image. Cleaned and tried other games with the same result. So out came the screwdriver so I could inspect the motherboard. The board went to the workshop and the plastic shell into warm and soapy water.

 

Well one issue jumped out pretty quick. The ceramic disc capacitor at location C70 had a broken leg and the area by the leg had a nice sooty coating. I dont know what caused it to die, but I suspect that its proximity to the cartrdge connector means it got crushed by an improperly inserted cartridge. If you open the cartridge door, C70 is at the right edge of where the cartridge sits.

 

So I remove the broken cap and check my Radio Shack capacitor assortment to no avail...worthless purchase so far. However I did have a piece of 2600 RF modulator left over from a mod that I hadnt thrown out yet. Glad I didnt because it had the exact capacitor I needed. A little bit of soldering later, my Colecovision is now working perfectly.

 

The moral of the story is to save capacitors, transistors, and other working bits from scrapped electronics. You never know when you'll need them.

 

Also, I tend to ramble, so please excuse me.

 

d2b19e4e223174038b6d609eee541f9c.jpg

 

b6e8f9e2491bc0e7cc50035c4b5c2c02.jpg

 

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Second that ADAM; you never know "when or if" you will use those parts, but it may save a trip to find one or order one. Plus they don't take up much space!

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It doesn't hurt to stock up on common parts if you fix or mod a lot. I have around 10,000 resistors from 1 ohms to 100M, sorted neatly. I have around 1,000 LEDs in just about every color. If I could light em all up, it'd look like some unicorn threw up. I have about 5,000 ceramic caps from 1pF to 0.1uF plus a few tantalum from 1uF to 10. I don't keep many electrolytic, cheap one generally don't last long even when stored :( Good ones don't come cheap and they do take up lots of space if you kept a few common sizes. Probably less than $50 total for all the stuff I have and most generally will last for decades.

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The moral of the story is to save capacitors, transistors, and other working bits from scrapped electronics. You never know when you'll need them.

 

Also, I tend to ramble, so please excuse me.

 

You're excused! I love stories like this!

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It doesn't hurt to stock up on common parts if you fix or mod a lot. I have around 10,000 resistors from 1 ohms to 100M, sorted neatly. I have around 1,000 LEDs in just about every color. If I could light em all up, it'd look like some unicorn threw up. I have about 5,000 ceramic caps from 1pF to 0.1uF plus a few tantalum from 1uF to 10. I don't keep many electrolytic, cheap one generally don't last long even when stored :( Good ones don't come cheap and they do take up lots of space if you kept a few common sizes. Probably less than $50 total for all the stuff I have and most generally will last for decades.

I'm new to the repair scene, but I do intend on getting a wide assortment of caps so that I'm prepared.

 

It was a fluke that I still had that cap from the Atari.

 

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