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i just found an atari 2600 at a thrift shop, but i have a problem with the video. the color will flicker for a few minutes, go to black and white, and eventually display vertical bars. is there a way to fix this, or should i dump it?


thanks for any information!


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  • 4 weeks later...

This might be as simple as just a dirtly cartridge connector. First try cleaning you caridges (alchohol and q-tips are good for this). Next try cleaning the cartridge contacts in the unit, this can be a little tricky but can be done. If that doesn't work, try taking the system apart and pushing the IC chips firmly down into there sockets. I have found that these steps will fix a majority of problems with the 2600.



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