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Well i think that the rf switch might be causing the problem snowy tv scrren no colour or fuzzy tv screen then its the rf switch thats causing this type of a problem then. If using a digital tv you need to plug it into a VCR or a DVD player for it to work then.
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)
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.