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I have an atari 2600 that seems to be working fine exept for its video signal. The video/audio cable ends with a coaxial f-type. I use a cheap f-type to female RCA to plug into my tv. I get a blury picture with no sound. Is there something wrong with it internaly or should i use the original tv switch box.

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Try using original tv switch box maybe the plug is broken.

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How to hook up my atari


It hooks up to the coaxial jack on the back of the tv ( antenna jack )
you will also have to get a Manual TV/Game Switch Box with Coaxial Output or a 300 to 75 OHM matching transformer or a coaxial (f-type) to female rca adapter. You can also just splice a coax cable to the Atari. There are also a converter box that will convert a coaxial input to RCA output ( Yellow,red,white) cabels

Dec 27, 2012 | Atari 2600 Console

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I have recently purchased an atari 2600 that came with no rf cable. I understand that using the female phono to male f adapter will work to hook it up, but this leaves me needing to buy the phono cord...


Yes, I know this works because I have done it. I believe both types of cable are the same impedence but different ends so any combination should work. Cheers.

May 14, 2011 | Atari 2600 Console

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I have an Atari 2600-A What type of power cord do I need to connect game and TV?


an rf tv cable with phono at one end and TV aerial socket at the other. any old console one should fit and work such as the Sega systems

Apr 02, 2011 | Atari 2600 Console

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What do i need to buy to get it to work on my new tv


How to Connect Your Old Videogame System rca_cable.jpgIf you've just dug your old videogame system out of the attic, you might not remember exactly how to connect it. They're not quite like modern game systems, and may require something extra to connect it to that brand new TV you have. To the left is the cable you should see attached to your videogame system. It is typically called RCA, and you will have to use some sort of adapter before you connect it to your TV. While it looks like it should fit into one of the composite jacks (and it will actually fit), that will not work because the audio and video signals are being carried in the same cable. In order to use the composite jacks on your TV, you will have to separate the audio and video signals somehow (described below). The following instructions are relevant to most vintage videogame and computer systems that connect to a television. Specifically, the Atari 2600, 5200, and 7800. However, if you have the 4-port (four joystick ports) version of the 5200, you need a special switchbox. Try eBay or Best Electronics (catalog item) for this proprietary switchbox. If you have the 2-port version of the 5200, you can use the methods described below. coax_jack.jpg composite_jack.jpg Coaxial CompositeThe first thing you need to do is figure out what type of connection you're going to make. Look at the back of your TV and compare to the pictures to the left. It's much easier to connect to a coaxial jack, and this is what most people will do. Composite will give you better audio and video quality, but you must perform a hardware modification.
Coaxial

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Coaxial (F-type) to Female RCA Adapter
Radio Shack part #278-276

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Manual TV/Game Switchbox with Coaxial Output
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300 to 75 Ohm Matching Transformer
Coaxial is by far the easiest way to connect your old game system, and the method most people will use. This is the 'cable ready' input that is found on every TV made today (and for some time now). If you don't at least have this connection, you have our sympathy. There are several methods you can use for this connection.
The best way is to get a Coaxial to RCA adapter (left). It is cheaper, smaller, and provides a better signal than the traditional TV/Game switchbox. This is a small plug that will cost you about $3 at Radio Shack. It is called a "Gold-Plated Phono-to-F Adapter" and the Radio Shack part number is 278-276. Just connect it to the RCA cable of the game system, then plug the other end into the coaxial ("cable") jack on the TV. Set the TV to the channel that the game system is set to (usually 2-4), and your're ready.
If you still have an old TV/Game switchbox and you don't want to buy something new, you can use that. You can also purchase these at Radio Shack for about $5, but if you're going to go buy something we recommend the adapter described above. Some TV switchboxes have built-in coaxial output, some do not. If yours does not, you will need to buy a 300 to 75 Ohm matching transformer (again, about $2 at Radio Shack). If you you do have coaxial output on your switchbox, just plug the game system's RCA cable into the switchbox, connect the switchbox to your TV's coaxial ("Cable In") jack, and push the switch to "Game" or "Computer". Note - you cannot use the 'automatic switching' boxes that newer game systems like the NES use - the signal in most old systems is not strong enough to trigger the automatic switching, so be sure you buy a manual switchbox.
Most new TV/Game switchboxes will allow you to connect your Cable TV and Videogame system at the same time, but the picture is often less than ideal. We recomend a coaxial selector - this will allow you to choose between inputs (game, cable, whataver) at the touch of a button. We found this one at Parts Express for about $6.
av_switchbox.jpg AV Switchbox
Composite composite_jack.jpgAny way you slice it, generating composite output takes more work. How much more depends upon exactly what you want to do. To get true composite signals, you will need to be handy with a soldering iron and modify your Atari 2600 internally. If you've never soldered anything before, it might be a little tricky, but it's worth it for the clean signals! You may also notice that modern equipment has left and right audio jacks - this is for stereo sound, but you can't get stereo sound from your 2600 unless you make further hardware modifications. So if you make the mod, you'll just have one audio cable in use. vcr_composite.jpgNow if you don't want to do that, but you're using a monitor or tv without a coaxial input (for example, a Commodore monitor), there are other options. You will still have to convert the signal to coaxial first (see Coaxial section). Then, if you have a VCR handy, you can run the coaxial connection into the VCR, and then use the composite outputs from the VCR. This will not give you the true signal clarity of composite audio/video, but it will allow you make that composite connection. If you don't have an extra VCR for this, you can probably go buy a junker at the local thrift store - the tape mechanism doesn't need to work, just the demodulator. Demodulator's rarely go bad on VCR's, they're usually thrown out because of the tape mechanism. Speaking of demodulators, you can simply use one of these instead of taking up all that space with a VCR. Unfortunately, these are much more expensive ($100+) and you're not likely to find one in a thrift. Unless you're going to make a hardware modication, we really recommend using a straight coaxial connection, because going through a VCR/demodulator defeats the purpose of a composite connection.

Feb 15, 2011 | Atari Video Game Consoles & Games

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On the output cord which is rca type, isn't there a part to convert to coaxial cable. Mine just has the rca plug. thanks


Yes, there is a converter that is required for the Atari to connect to the tv. These are not readily easy to find at a local store. check with your local video game store, Radio Shack or look online for one. Ebay is a great place to find one.
Below is a link to Ebay, to show you what you are going to need.
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-ATARI-UNIVERSAL-TV-VIDEO-GAME-SWITCH-BOX-ADAPTER-/370373487317?pt=Video_Games_Accessories&hash=item563bfaead5

Jan 03, 2011 | Atari 2600 Console

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Tried connecting direct to both an LCD and older set using the coaxial lead straight from the console.Cannot get anything at all.Do I need an rf modulator or no.


Quite the opposite - The Atari 2600 sends a modulated RF signal over the cable, it needs to go to the ANTENNA port of the TV, and you need an adapter. On eBay, look for
ATARI 2600 RF TV SHIELDED CABLE + ADAPTER
http://www.atariage.com/howto/connect.html is a really good guide.

Nov 26, 2010 | Atari 2600 Console

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My 2600 works fine but after 5 mins or so there is a static noise which starts through the tv speakers and the longer I play the louder it gets until I can't hear the game any more. Why?


Try a different channel on your TV. If your using 3 then go to 4 or vice versa.

If that doesn't work then try a different RF Tuner cause those are known to go bad over time. You can also try those Coaxial adapters that allow you to play your Atari on your Cable-Ready TV using the cable connection on the back of the TV.

Finally if either of those don't solve the issue, try playing different games and see if the problem happens after playing 1 games or all games. If its all games then that means there is a problem with the mainboard inside of your Atari.

Apr 29, 2010 | Atari 2600 Console

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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.

Jun 17, 2008 | Atari 2600 Console

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To connect your Atari to your TV, you'll need to get a "phono to f" adapter. These are available at RadioShack (part no. 278-255) for about $5.00 This adapter takes the phono plug from the Atari and changes it to a standard coaxial adapter. If your HD TV doesn't have an input for standard cable wires, you'll need to get yourself an RF modulator to switch the coax to RCA. If you have an old VCR with an unused cable input, that will work as well.

Mar 28, 2008 | Atari 2600 Console

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Own Atari 2600. Atari not responding to television. (FUZZY SCREEN) One of three problems: 1. I AM NOT CONNECTING SYSTEM CORRECTLY TO TV. please instruct me how. parts i have are: Radio...


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When powering the stuff there should be light indicated that there is a power on it. how ever if these not been observed, power adapter maybe busted. try to fix it or replace it. Please refer to the atari manual for the correct operation of your stuff.

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Mar 14, 2008 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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