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Hi, ive just purchased an atari 2600 off ebay as a present for someone. the only problem is we've come to test it and we can get any picture on the screen. according to the seller it works great. we've connected the ariel wire to the tv and the power light on the console is working but we can find the computer picyure on any of the channels. please help. thanks, michelle

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You may need an older tv to be able to use this old console, have you tried the manual tuning option if you have it.
I had an old zx spectrum computer, and had to buy an old portable tv to be able to get the picture

Posted on Sep 30, 2010

  • michelle_216 Sep 30, 2010

    thanks. i have tried manually tuning and we're also trying it on an older style portable tv set. no luck so far though unfortunately but thanks for your help. michelle

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