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Hi, Can you give me some overseas advice? I just found a 2600, all black console, at the trash dump. It had no accessories and the tv cable has been cut. Otherwise, it's in really good shape. I just have no idea if it works.... I live in Italy and I'd like to find out where I could get the right plug for it and some accessories. Actually, I'm sure finding the accessories is the easy part. I'm more concerned about finding the right plug. Who knows if I'd find anyone who could fix the cable? Thanks for any suggestions you could give me. It would be a shame to throw it away.

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Wow! That's a heck of a find! This place here has any part you need for that Atari. If that coax is ripped off you can cut the coax to a clean level and splice it and add any 75 Ohm coax adapter on it. Then to make it reach to the TV simply use a double female 75 Ohm coax adapter and screw it onto the tip you just spliced on and then you can use what ever length coax you need to reach the TV.

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    Glad I could help. If you have any other questions feel free to ask.


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Hey, I know how you feel--I just bought a '7800' at the local consignment shop, and haven't even tested it yet! But I love to find stuff, and so I thought I'd throw this @ you, because it'll make things a LOT easier for you...I don't know where you are, so I can't guess your local TV types, but almost everybody has coaxial connections on the back of theirs, so I think this would be your best choice! I got lucky and found this eBay ad, which has some information as part of its sales pitch: >>CLICK HERE If I wasn't so sure I have some of these laying around somewhere, I'd buy one--or 4--today! hope this helps BTW, you do know you can also find tons of these cartridges everywhere, right? But it was funny, towards the end of the life of each Atari, the internal connection for the cart gets so dusty you have to actually start blowing on the carts to make sure the connection is good...ha! You'll look pretty funny, but rest assured, it's an inside joke!

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    Mike Denney Mar 21, 2011

    I agree with both the other guys here--nice find! Honestly, I'd never thought about how hard these would be to find, but it's true!
    Also, in searching online to help you out, I found yet another page I'd never heard of---which I'm going to use tonight to try out my '7800'...exact same connector, though, so take a 'gander' at this link!


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Best advice is if you are not a die hard Atari fan is to put it on e-bay. You should be able to get around $50 USD.

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