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I just purchased a new in box Atari 5200 4 controller system. I have hooked the cable to the switchbox and then connected the coax coming out of the switchbox to the ant. in on the tv - but all I get is a black screen - something is happening as it goes from snow to black, it just doesn't have any sound or video. Do the new tv's have something in them that won't play the video or sound?

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Best way is to hook it to vcr the vcr will help with the video and sound to work

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THERE ARE 2 TYPES OF 5200 SYSTEMS, THE FIRST HAS A COMBINATION A/C R/F BOX. OTHERWISE YOU MAY JUST NEED AN ADAPTER TO CONVERT THE RCA END TO CABLE TYPE SCREW ON TO YOUR TV CABLE IN. SEE MY STORE ON EBAY dixneatoldthings for that piece

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Try using another TV. If you don't get the same problem then it's the TV and not the PS3. You might also want to try changing the display settings so that you're using the correct outputs.

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I also have the same problem. Just bought my PS3 today and have found that it flashes to static for a few milliseconds at any given time. I know it isn't my TV and I also know that there is nothing wrong with the console. I put it down to the HDMI cable - I chose an exceedingly long one that spans 5 meters. Personally, I think that the output voltages from the PS3's HDMI jack are lower than those found on other devices - so I presume that long cables with high resistances (in other words, cables that are fairly long and very cheap) are the cause of signal loss. Try a shorter, higher quality cable. I am going to return the one that I bought and buy a shorter one tommorow.

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The Intec Gamecube screen requires both a 12 volt DC input and the AV input. The larger connection is the AV cable which plugs into the back of the Gamecube console. The smaller round cable is the 12 volt DC input cable that goes to the power source for your screen. The solution is to either get the original splitter cable that splits the DC power to the screen and the Gamecube, or use separate 12 v DC inputs for each device. These original Intec splitter cables are rare and are not cheap, and the only place I have found them for sale is at the NES Repair Shop:

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The only other solution is having separate 12 v input cables for the screen and the Gamecube. And finding the right size (very small) is also a task.


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Does the Atari 5200 have the same controller as the Atari 2600?


It does use a slightly different controller. The joystick that comes with the Atari 5200 has 360 degrees of control while the Atari 2600 controler only give you 8 ways of motion. Teh 5200 also has a number pad and buttons for start, pause and reset.

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How to hook up my atari


It hooks up to the coaxial jack on the back of the tv ( antenna jack )
you will also have to get a Manual TV/Game Switch Box with Coaxial Output or a 300 to 75 OHM matching transformer or a coaxial (f-type) to female rca adapter. You can also just splice a coax cable to the Atari. There are also a converter box that will convert a coaxial input to RCA output ( Yellow,red,white) cabels

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I have recently purchased an atari 2600 that came with no rf cable. I understand that using the female phono to male f adapter will work to hook it up, but this leaves me needing to buy the phono cord...


Yes, I know this works because I have done it. I believe both types of cable are the same impedence but different ends so any combination should work. Cheers.

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What do i need to buy to get it to work on my new tv


How to Connect Your Old Videogame System rca_cable.jpgIf you've just dug your old videogame system out of the attic, you might not remember exactly how to connect it. They're not quite like modern game systems, and may require something extra to connect it to that brand new TV you have. To the left is the cable you should see attached to your videogame system. It is typically called RCA, and you will have to use some sort of adapter before you connect it to your TV. While it looks like it should fit into one of the composite jacks (and it will actually fit), that will not work because the audio and video signals are being carried in the same cable. In order to use the composite jacks on your TV, you will have to separate the audio and video signals somehow (described below). The following instructions are relevant to most vintage videogame and computer systems that connect to a television. Specifically, the Atari 2600, 5200, and 7800. However, if you have the 4-port (four joystick ports) version of the 5200, you need a special switchbox. Try eBay or Best Electronics (catalog item) for this proprietary switchbox. If you have the 2-port version of the 5200, you can use the methods described below. coax_jack.jpg composite_jack.jpg Coaxial CompositeThe first thing you need to do is figure out what type of connection you're going to make. Look at the back of your TV and compare to the pictures to the left. It's much easier to connect to a coaxial jack, and this is what most people will do. Composite will give you better audio and video quality, but you must perform a hardware modification.
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Coaxial is by far the easiest way to connect your old game system, and the method most people will use. This is the 'cable ready' input that is found on every TV made today (and for some time now). If you don't at least have this connection, you have our sympathy. There are several methods you can use for this connection.
The best way is to get a Coaxial to RCA adapter (left). It is cheaper, smaller, and provides a better signal than the traditional TV/Game switchbox. This is a small plug that will cost you about $3 at Radio Shack. It is called a "Gold-Plated Phono-to-F Adapter" and the Radio Shack part number is 278-276. Just connect it to the RCA cable of the game system, then plug the other end into the coaxial ("cable") jack on the TV. Set the TV to the channel that the game system is set to (usually 2-4), and your're ready.
If you still have an old TV/Game switchbox and you don't want to buy something new, you can use that. You can also purchase these at Radio Shack for about $5, but if you're going to go buy something we recommend the adapter described above. Some TV switchboxes have built-in coaxial output, some do not. If yours does not, you will need to buy a 300 to 75 Ohm matching transformer (again, about $2 at Radio Shack). If you you do have coaxial output on your switchbox, just plug the game system's RCA cable into the switchbox, connect the switchbox to your TV's coaxial ("Cable In") jack, and push the switch to "Game" or "Computer". Note - you cannot use the 'automatic switching' boxes that newer game systems like the NES use - the signal in most old systems is not strong enough to trigger the automatic switching, so be sure you buy a manual switchbox.
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The specs I am reading online are saying that it has digital coax connection. If your hooking up hd cable or hd satellite box some of those have a digital coax output on them. If your hd cable/satellite box only has optical out the system you have says it comes with a optical to coax converter which is pretty cool. So you should definately be able to hook up that sound system to your cable/sat box digitally for best sound. The only other way would be to run stereo red,white cables from your cable/sat box to your stereo as a last resort.

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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.

Good luck on that.

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Darth,
There are 2 ways you can accomplish this.First is the least quality which is via coax.What you want to do is connect the cable service coming from the wall to the input on your cable box.Then the TV output on the cable box goes to the input on your surround sound then the coax goes from the surround sound to the coax input on the TV.The second is to Connect using the RCA AV1 input.what you want to do is look at the back of the digital cable box and locate the OUTPUTS for the RCA jacks(or AV output)connect RCA cables (yellow red white) to the 1st INPUT on your surround sound.depending on models you should have a couple of different INPUTS for a signal.Choose one and plug it in.After that take a second pair of RCA cables and connect them to video OUTPUT on the surround sound and connect them to your AV1 OUTPUT on your TV.With the original remote for your TV,NOT the cable universal one,Look for an INPUT button on the remote.Some are called input some are called SOURCE,TV/VIDEO basically it tells the TV what signal source to look at on the back of the TV.If you dont have the remote put the TV on channel 3 then press the channel down button and when the TV gets to channel 1 press it again and it should start cycling through the AV inputs,choose AV1.


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How to hook up an atari 5200


THERE ARE 2 TYPES OF 5200 SYSTEMS, THE FIRST HAS A COMBINATION A/C R/F BOX. OTHERWISE YOU MAY JUST NEED AN ADAPTER TO CONVERT THE RCA END TO CABLE TYPE SCREW ON TO YOUR TV CABLE IN. SEE MY STORE ON EBAY dixneatoldthings for that piece

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