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Snowy image Hi, I got an old atari 2600, (1983). I tried it on my tv using a RF modulator i got from somewhere... which seems to automatically swith from antena to game when console is on. You know the one with two inputs. Results: I can see an image but there is no color, it is very snowy (70 %), but I can see that the cursor is moving and the action of the game. There is no sound. Is it the RF modulator which is no appropriate ? Do I need the manual RF switch you wrote about ? Or if there is a component busted in the console or a bad weld somewhere which need to be refresh. Please let me know what you think ? Thank you for the advice. Frank.

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Your going to need the manual RF modulator to get the sound out because it works off of a different output than the newer ones do. The 2600 runs a closed circuit TV signal to the modulator. In fact there is a small TV transmitter in the game unit.While most electronics today send a seperate audio and video signal. So a modulator that plugs into the electrical outlet won't do the trick.

I found this page on the internet. Look at the RF Option section and see what you think of those options:

http://www.cheeptech.com/2600mods/2600mods.shtml#rfoptions

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http://electronicsentimentalities.com/Assembled%20Mods.html

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