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Hi everyone

 

New to the site and this is my first post. I dug my 2600 out of the attic for the first time in 25 years and this is what I see on the screen. Accompanied by a nasty sound or loud beep. I checked the voltage in and after the regulator chip and that is correct at 5volts after reg. I tried a new RF cable and no difference. Any ideas?

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had that happen on cartridges(more frequently with non atari carts without the little trap door) that were badly worn or needed a cleaning. Cleaning the contacts on the cartridge or adjusting the way it's seated in the systems cartridge slot might clear that up for you. Worth a try atleast.

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That worked guys thanks! At first I tried it with an Activision cart but nothing changed. Tried another one and after a few attempts the concord was up. The first cart still won't play but I'll try to get a better look at the contacts in it. This console was stored in no Texas attic so it's nasty inside. Any advice for general clean up inside. Is it oK to spray some contact cleaner through the switches? I was thinking a light q-tip swabbing OD the rest of the circuitry to remove some of the dirt etc

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That worked guys thanks! At first I tried it with an Activision cart but nothing changed. Tried another one and after a few attempts the concord was up. The first cart still won't play but I'll try to get a better look at the contacts in it. This console was stored in no Texas attic so it's nasty inside. Any advice for general clean up inside. Is it oK to spray some contact cleaner through the switches? I was thinking a light q-tip swabbing OD the rest of the circuitry to remove some of the dirt etc

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/184296-slowcoders-guide-to-cleaning-up-your-2600/

 

Activision carts are more difficult to clean at times ... wrights copper clean should be at your local grocery store the games are always great though so well worth tinkering with :)

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