Atari 2600 jr. console + paddle controls = Don´t work !!!
My name is Fausto and I bought an Atari 2600 jr console at e-bay. I still have my paddle controls and they don't work with this kind of console. A friend of mine has an atari 2600 vcs and my paddles worked fine there. What do I have to do to??? (Please don't tell me I have to buy a new console, please!!!) Best regards,
If your controllers work on a friends, then it indicates your VCS is faulty. It's very rare though for a VCS to fail in that way, but the controller chip for the game controllers can go faulty at any time. It's more common to see a faulty one on the actual ATARI XE range of computers than on the consoles.
Have you tried both ports on the VCS maybe ? Only some games will use both though.
You mention it being 'paddles', but not joysticks or just controllers. Are you actually testing it with a game that uses the paddles type controller? like the breakout type game?
The controllers of all types for a VCS are the same, but if using a different type of controller, note that there are at least 3 different types available - but all look the same (all use a 9-pin plug).
The basic ones where introduced by ATARI in the 1970's, but later Commodore and Amstrad used their own different types of configuration which caused some confusion.
Some older joysticks had a slider switch underneath allowing you to select Amstrad, Commodore, or ATARI configuration. It's safe to try/use the wrong type for testing, so try different ones if possible.
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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.
Had the same problem with an atari 2600 jr I just purchased. The reset and select buttons are imprinted on a plastic film and it has probably deteriorated.. I repaired the traces in mine with aluminum tape, but It would not be dificult for someone with a soldering iron to replace them with real buttons purchased from radio shack. (It's only 3 wires)
Sounds like a pin has come loose from the main board inside your unit. If you are handy with a soldering iron, and not opposed to opening up your console then, you can take a look at the connection between the connector and the board... If you are not comfortable with this idea, then you can find a competent electronics repair shop on the internet. You could also replace that unit with a "new" one from a number of internet shops or eBay, then retire that one. Hope this helps.
Unless you are an electronics expert with a soldering iron, I would just get a replacement paddle from eBay or online seller. I occasionally experienced this problem in the early- to mid-1980s - getting new paddles always did the trick. If you are up for a challenge, look at the joystick pin and then look at the paddle pin - you will see at least a one-pin difference between the two. Check the paddle pin to see if one is physically damaged, then compare the pin on the console itself. Have fun!
you sound like you have a conection problem within you atari
open the Atari up and look to see if there are any dry solder joints from the joystick ports
just dabbing the point with a solder iron shold freshen up the connection
The Gameboy: you sound like you have dirt in your joystick
open it up and clean the connections with a cloth and spirts
You can't run a 2600 on composite. Even though the connector looks the same it isn't. You need a RF modulator to seperate the signals and you need an old school one that has a manual switch on it. Check at Radio Shack they carry things like that.
Modulators with AV jacks like I use for watching my DVD on when I only have a coax on my television won't work becuase the atari line doesn't separate the signal outside the box by audio and video. That wasn't something being done 30 years ago. In fact it wasn't being done until NES came out.
If Radio Shack doesn't carry it you can probably find one on E-Bay.
You can always find classic Atari 2600 games for your PC. I know I play the Activision Games that way from time to time.