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Re: How to use xf551 disk drive.
Here's how these old suckers work. You have to have an old (latest - late 1980s) DOS-based PC with the proper attachment cable for such a drive. Preferably an ATARI computer. You have to leave the disk drive flip switch OPEN until DOS loads, or it will give you an error message. After the old clunk DOS-based computer is finished loading, THEN you can close the flip switch (with a floppy disk in, of course). I can't give you exact instructions b/c I don't know exactly what kind of ancient PC you have. Here is a link to an YouTube video showing you about what to expect :(1986 Tandy): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_sRrHs5dXY
Have fun! These are real pains in the neck compared to what we have now.
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Well put it this way yes it a power system failure to fix this problem you basiclly will have to install a new mother board for the console from another atari 2600 console like from ebay. If you find a crappy atari 2600 console with a working motherboard you might just be able to switch it and I fix NES SNES N64 sega gamecube and atari 2600 consoles too. This has a high probility of not working if you don't know what to do or on how to fix it. 8 out of 10 it might not work after this.
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
Sounds like the power supply\power converter has finally given up the ghost. It will likely cost you more than it's worth to fix it. You'll have to fix it yourself most likely. I would look for burned-out or popped capacitors to start off with. They are likely culprits in even computer systems when the power goes out. With something as old as an Atari 2600 it could be just about anything.
You have a video splitter connected? It is set to "game" or "computer," rather than TV. Is there snow on the screen? As if there is no video signal? Or, is there a blank screen (as if the power is on but no video).
There is a channel setting switch (channel 3 and 4, if I remember correctly). Make sure you have it on the same channel.
If you don't think the system is even coming on and if you know how to use a multimeter, see if you are getting voltage at the powerjack on the 2600. It should be 9 volts dc.
Wow. I miss my old Atari. Those old Atari joysticks were not too complicated. What it sounds like is the little metal disc for your up has worn out. You just need to take it apart and replace that disk. Its basically just a flexible square so when you press down it completes the circuit. You can probably get one from another joystick (even some of the newer ones).
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.