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Atari 2600 Jr. Video Issue

I recently dug my old Atari 2600 Jr. out of the basement in order to relive my younger days and ran into an issue with the video display. When I put a game in such as E.T. The opening screen display T.E. On other games I will see three different images of a tank or whatever. Also when I try to move in some games I can see the image but it is jumping around from spot to spot. I currently have it hooked up to an older (10 year) old RCA television. I have it hooked into the coax and have the antenna menu set to air not cable. I hooked it through the coax using a phono to F type coax, through a 300 ohm to 75 ohm transformer and even tried to modify the atari for a composite video output to no avail. I have tried 20 games and none work properly. I have now removed the composite modification that I made in order to use the two more common installations. I'm pretty sure that it is the console but am not sure which chip etc. needs to be looked at. Any suggestions or has anyone seen this before. Thanks

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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.

Good luck on that.

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