I can power up the console and i get a blank screen, or black and white, or blue and black ect. I bought the console and it played great for one day.
I mean all 23 games played great i have no idea whats wrong.
I have all new hook ups and still have the same problem.
by the way this is the heavy sixer unit made in ca if that helps.
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Well i think that the rf switch might be causing the problem snowy tv scrren no colour or fuzzy tv screen then its the rf switch thats causing this type of a problem then. If using a digital tv you need to plug it into a VCR or a DVD player for it to work then.
Sounds like the power supply\power converter has finally given up the ghost. It will likely cost you more than it's worth to fix it. You'll have to fix it yourself most likely. I would look for burned-out or popped capacitors to start off with. They are likely culprits in even computer systems when the power goes out. With something as old as an Atari 2600 it could be just about anything.
You have a video splitter connected? It is set to "game" or "computer," rather than TV. Is there snow on the screen? As if there is no video signal? Or, is there a blank screen (as if the power is on but no video).
There is a channel setting switch (channel 3 and 4, if I remember correctly). Make sure you have it on the same channel.
If you don't think the system is even coming on and if you know how to use a multimeter, see if you are getting voltage at the powerjack on the 2600. It should be 9 volts dc.
Apparently there have been many reports of this. According to a few techs that I have talked to these games must be played at least once every two months or so or they will cease to function properly. I have been told that they are much like a rechargeable battery,and with use they will work...if not used...well...
I talked to another fella that claims to be a pro at Atari games...he says to roll up some paper and wedge it in between the game and console so it fits tightly.
Guess it wouldn't hurt to try huh?
I'll keep researching this in the meantime for you.
The signal is output at 56MHz or 60MHz depending on the channel you use. Normal tv is around 350MHz to 700MHz so you need to got to the bottom range to tune. Also check that the contacts of the game catridge are not black looking, if so clean with some alchol to remove the soot build up, this will make sure the screen is outputted in proper format.
I just got a Atari 2600 as well and can't get it to produce a picture. The transducer and the chips are getting warm when I turn it on, so I know it is getting power. I have tried to clean everything with rubbing alcohol but nothing has worked so far. I have also tried about 7 different games all do nothing.
Is there some part or component that commonly goes on these systems? I have a friend who also bought a 2600 and he is having the same problem.