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Rolling, Shaky picture

I bought an atari 2600A console. I finally got a picture, but the picture is kind of rolling and a bit shaky . My Guess is maybe it needs to be taken apart and cleaned. I bought it on Ebay and the seller says its been in his closet for 15 years. I'm Guessing it's a bit dusty or maybe the switches need some help. The Unit itself looks really Good and clean on the outside. Is there some other reason the picture may do that? I tried several games and it seems to happen on all of them so far. I currently have it at my local radio shack for them to look at. But I was wondering if others have this problem and what they do about it??? I know that's the chance you take when buying an used unit on Ebay. I wish they sold new units. I really miss playing Atari

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My best guess would be the video adapter switch you have to use to hook up the game console to the TV. If I remember correctly you have to slide a switch to either TV or game depending on whether you are watching TV or playing a game. Over time switches like that need the internal contacts cleaned. You can probably get a can of contact cleaning spray at Radio Shack. Just follow the directions on the can of contact clearer and you will probably fix your problem.

Posted on Feb 15, 2014

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    Julie Edwards Feb 15, 2014

    My Atari isn't hooked up with a switch unit. I have a 13" Magnavox and it's hooked up through the antenna unit

  • Joe Sugg Feb 15, 2014

    You may want to try the contact cleaner on the contacts where you insert the game cartridge. Always unplug the unit before using the spray and allow to air dry after using the contact cleaner spray. It evaporates pretty quickly.

  • Joe Sugg Feb 15, 2014

    When I say unplug, I mean the power supply.

  • Julie Edwards
    Julie Edwards Feb 15, 2014

    I'm Guessing that is one thing they will try at Radio shack. I hope they can figure out what's up with the picture. I know these units are pretty indestructible , so hopefully a good cleaning will fix the problem

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I SPECIALIZE IN ATARI AND CAN NOT FIGURE WHAT COULD BE WRONG. I WOULD ONLY GUESS IT TO BE THE T.V OR ON THE WRONG CHANNEL. THERE IS A CHANNEL SWITCH ON THE BACK OF THE ATARI DECK.
IT COULD BE SOMETHING ELECTRONIC INSIDE THE DECK, AND I AM NO ELECTRICIAN. MY BEST GUESS WOULD BE TO FIND ANOTHER DECK. THE A/C ON 9 VOLT SHOULD WORK. THE FACT THAT YOU GET A PICTURE IS WHAT CONCERNS ME. AUDIO/VIDEO ARE ON THE SAME WIRE. IT MUST BE INTERNAL. IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER SYSTEM TO TEST WITH THOSE ADAPTERS, WOULD PROVE THEY ARE GOOD. OLD NES?

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try checking the connections...
mess with the nobs...
and if i were you i'd take it to a place that can check it for you...


also DVM RULES!!!
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The Atari 2600 was finicky even at the time (early 1980s). Just unplug it completely. Plug back in and power back on. Use the reset switch if need be. Good luck and have fun!

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

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