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I hooked up my atari, it comes on but all the games are playing in the wrong color.

For instance, the pacman game board is dark purple and the ghosts are transparent as they float around. I've checked all my cables and they look fine. I am hooking it up to a 75in Sony projection t.v. Not sure if that makes a difference.

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Well you could try cleaning the gamepacks out with qutips and rubbing alcohal
It could just be a glitch then.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012

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SOURCE: Some parts of the games are invisible

These days we need to clean everything very good and get a brillo pad to make sure everything is getting a good conection

Posted on Feb 13, 2010

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That or download the ROMs somewhere on the internet and play them on a PC. There's not much restoration you can do to a bad cartridge.

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