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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!!!)
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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.

Hope that helps a bit.

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Get a refund for the item

then buy a new console

Sorry but thats the only way your gunna get this to work :(

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