How to atari 2600 jr repair recap fuzzy screen fix troubleshoot restoration refurbished. Discussion in modding and hacking consoles and electronics started by. Low resolution version 107k high resolution version 318k. Low resolution version 93 high resolution version 287k atari. Email twitter facebook linkedin instagram github collection of atari 2600 schematics. It is based on pacman and its derivatives, but is not officially part of the pacman seriesalong with baby pacman, this game was created without the authorization of namco. I think this explains why the simpler mods look good on 2600 jr s. Half the work is done for you so it is easy to install and you dont even have to modify the case. Atari field change order 1a notes factoryinstalled underrated caps in these locations causing video quality issues. Another example is this 4 switch 2600, the board is positioned with nice short cables, and so that the supplied av lead can run out the case through the same hole the original rf lead did. The most common joystick type in home computers have been atari style digital joysticks. If your board does not match any of those, you should be able to work out the appropriate parts by matching them up the the schematic above. Welcome to day three of our week of game console teardowns. The list of atari 2600 games totals 526 games, divided into the following sections.
The following are examples of three common atari 2600 pal boards. The end result is an astonishingly clear picture on a lcd tv. The 5200 was created to compete with the intellivision, but wound up more directly competing with the. Field service manual is organized in nine theory of operation overview of how the vcs works and what the basic assemblies look like. If your tv does not have a twinlead antenna connection, you will need to purchase a coaxial cable adaptor. Ive sent an email to email protected and i hope they can help me. Vcs domestic min field service manual, f01ddl33 rev. Now, this little beauty needs no introduction, a classic console if ever there was one. The post goes through looking at the ca3086 driver chip and looking at the schematic to see what the designers were doing at the time. Like many of its time, rf output was your only option and the very long cable came preconnected. Looking at the schematic of the 2600 junior, these are drawn as discrete transistors inside a box. A video of me building the composite mod for my atari 2600, this. The heart of the atari 2600 wasnt the 6502 or the 6507 for the pedants, it was the tia chip.
Circuitry for reference, see an atari 2600 jr schematic or circuitry of a typical 4 kb cartridge, in this case midnight magic. The atari 2600 is a video game console released in september 1977 by atari, inc. If out on the last image is the signal that runs to the modulator. The story of atari s 1983 nintendo console featuring guru larry duration. Atari 2600 schematics collection of atari 2600 schematics. View online or download atari 2600 a field service manual.
Its available at nominal cost from your local tvstereo stores. Low resolution version 104k high resolution version 332k atari cx2600a. Pacman is an arcade game released in 1983 by bally midway. This site has a small collection of useful 2600 related documents. Categories guides tags atari 2600, schematic post navigation. Thanks to jerzy sobola for creating these schematics and thomas jentzsch for providing them to us. It is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessorbased hardware and rom cartridges containing game code, a format first used with the fairchild channel f, instead of having nonmicroprocessor dedicated hardware with all games built in. Low resolution version 83k high resolution version 246k atari 2600 accessories. The atari 2600 was first released in north america on september 11, 1977 and featured nine launch games. Low resolution version 104k high resolution version 332k. Released on september 11, 1977, it is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessorbased hardware and games stored on rom cartridges a format first used with the fairchild channel f in 1976 instead of dedicated hardware. I picked up an atari 2600 4switch off craigslist locally pretty cheap and im wanting to add composite video out. Atari 2600 junior motherboard have you played atari today.
I tried to find a co22032 flex pcb for the jr 2600 at best electronics but i couldnt. Atari 2600 console unit 1 joystick controller ac power adaptor tvgame switch box with flat twin leadin wires video cable note. Txt the file for 2600 cartridge technical information. When removing the top piece, carefully pull out the ribbon cable that connects it to the main board. His page is going to have a lot of tech info on the 2600 as well as other systems. Probably around 1988 or 1989, i must have been eight years old, a magical box appeared in our living room. By mid1984, software development for the 2600 had essentially stopped except for that of atari and activision. View and download atari 2600 field service manual online. Informations about other hardware or very old atari computers. Those joysticks are named after atari, because this joystick type was first introduced in atari 2600 videogame and then adopted to the home computers introduced on ever since vic 20, commodore 64, amiga, msxcomputers and even sinclair spectrum joystick adapters used this joystick type. It was intended as a replacement for the existing 2600, but never saw release. Atari believes that the information described in this manual is accurate and re liable, and much. Video game rf cable atari, intellivision, colecovision, etc. It is baseband video with the sound carrier riding on top.
See my previous post on atari 2600 composite video mods for more examples, including the metal can modulator version of the 2600 junior. This is by far the best composite mod on the market. Consoles and electronics this forum to close in 30 days. Note that the rf modulator is not shown i doubt it would ever be needed anyways. Atari 2600 32in1 cartridge gameselection circuitry. Tynemouth software llp old computers, new computers, bespoke web design and software development, computer repairs, it and media services uk sunday, 22 february 2015 atari 2600 jr composite video modification. Atari 2600 woody 6 switch pal the first one is the woody style 6 switch atari 2600 vcs. This project attempts to redesign an atari 2600 using functional descriptions of the parts coupled with original atari schematics of the system. Covered again in service bulletin febuary 17, 1982. The atari 2600, originally branded as the atari video computer system or atari vcs for short. The technical specifications are no different from the atari 2600, except for combination joystickpaddle controllers installed in the system itself though normal controllers were usable. Airsea battle, basic math, blackjack, combat, indy 500, star ship, street.
The compumate sv010 was a home computer peripheral manufactured by spectravideo international for the atari 2600 home video game console. This is the chip responsible for drawing graphics on the display, racing the beam, and extremely. I have added composite video outputs to many atari 2600 vcs consoles, and covered those in previous blog posts about the 2600 woody and 2600 jr. For reference, see an atari 2600 jr schematic or circuitry of a typical 4 kb cartridge, in this case. As can be seen, there are 3 ics on the pcb and a few smaller parts. The atari 2600, originally branded as the atari video computer system or atari vcs for short until november 1982, is a home video game console from atari, inc.
Be sure your console is unplugged, and remove the five screws on the underside of the case. Is there another retailer of parts as best electronics. Atari schematics, services manuals, technical notes. They were used when i designed and built bankzilla, so im fairly certain they are good. Buoyed on by my successful project to add a composite video output to a 1976 pong game, i decided to move to my next target, the atari 2600. Just use the regular 2600 schematic and assume the 4050 buffer is not present as it was removed in later versions of 2600 including the jrs. Composite atari 2600 assembler home of the obscure. It was released on 6 january 1983 at the winter consumer electronics show in las vegas, nevada. I read somewhere that due to bugs in software essentially reading back old values on. If you want svideo ill have to add another hole and svid socket, not easy to do on a jr, but it can be done.
Atari released several minor stylistic variations of the 2600 jr. The first ones of these i did, i built the buffer circuit on stripboard. The atari 5200 supersystem, commonly known as the atari 5200, is a video game console that was introduced in 1982 by atari inc. Pretty much a 2600 with a full 6502, using the extra address space and interrupts, along with a atmega 8515 for bank switching and memory bank management, an atmega 644 or 8515 as an extra coprocessor which will work similar to an antic chip, hopefully compatible with most stock 2600 carts, more or less a 2600 if actually designed around a home computer from the era, note this is a. Low resolution version 107k high resolution version 318k atari 2600 rf sections. Released on september 11, 1977, it is credited with popularizing the use of microprocessorbased hardware and games stored on rom cartridges a format first used with the fairchild channel f in 1976 instead of dedicated hardware with. Kevin is a classic video game tech guru, especially for the 2600. Seriously, the best picture ive seen with a composite mod. Atari 26002600a vcs domestic field service manual have you. Here are the 2600 schematics for the 6 switch and 4 switch systems. Manuals for the games released on the atari 2600 addeddate 20181201 11. This is an archive of all the messages from the stella.
We partnered with pc world for this teardown to bring you a peek into another staple of game console history originally labeled as the video computer system vcs, the atari 2600 was released in 1977. Programs for small computers of the time were generally stored on cassette tapes, floppy disks, or paper tape. Atari 2600 a manuals manuals and user guides for atari 2600 a. So far weve taken apart the magnavox odyssey 100 and the rca studio ii.1247 105 863 1008 1408 1290 946 942 356 79 240 631 962 1489 1459 878 131 1087 940 1421 1486 543 574 272 1140 927 763 758 299 1197 440 881 739 1360