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Atari 2600 Jr. left on overnight, next day no color

I left my Atari 2600 Jr.on overnight by accident and the next day there is no color on the screen, the Black & White/Color switch is set to color but screen is mostly grey with some black

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Flip reset switch, then retry b/w/color selector (or switch from ch. 3 to 4).

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Atari 2600, only get black and white, no color


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Superdrafan:
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
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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.

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