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I just bought an atari 2600, and I tried hooking it up to my 13" magnavox sdtv with a dvd player in it. I plugged in the power source, and plugged the atari into the rca port in the back of the tv. Bu

I have a small 13" Magnavox Sdtv with a built in Dvd player. It has the Rca port in the back. So I hooked up the Atari cable to that and plugged in the power. I've tried everything, but I cannot get the game to show up on the screen. I tried it on channel 3, and I tried the "Select" button which switches it from Dvd mode to other modes. Nothing !! Is it because this tv has a built in dvd player? Do I need a small tv with no dvd in it?

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It's your rf switch it's bad or not meant for that tv

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that could be the transformer where the AC adapter ties into the board or even as simple as the power switch is dead.

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Which plug? The power cord or cable cord?

If it's the one for the video output, you can get one at RadioShack...it's just an adapter with a female RCA jack and a male F connector. Should be about $5. You then attach that to your TV's antenna/cable input and turn to channel 2 or 3, depending on what the switch on the Atari is set to. If that input is already in use, get an A/B switch.

If it's the power cord, it takes 9V through a 3.5" mono connector. If you don't have a working power supply, you can get one at RadioShack. Then buy a 3.5" mono audio connector and solder it onto the wall wart [power supply]...tip is center.

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SOURCE: Atari 2600 games-has a picture but character wont move Help!

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.

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hi, this round pin with the little pin in the middle this needs to be plugged into the back of your telly it goes into the ariel socket you need to unplug your tv's arial then plug this into where the arial was, now what you need to do is put your telly onto a channel you dont use such as 7 or 0 witch ever one you dont use to watch telly, once you have done this you need to enter the setup mode on your telly to scan for channels so make sure the game is switched on and then start scanning for channels as if you were tuning in the tv channels so do this then you will come across the game so you then save this frequency to this channel.

You can then play the games just remember when you want to play it that you put the telly back onto the channel you tuned in for that game.

Let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

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SOURCE: Atari CX-2600 won't work on my HDtv

The Atari will not work on a HDtv, it was not designed to.

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