Cleaning Inside Cartridge Connector

Cleaning Inside Cartridge Connector

Console: Atari 2600
Model: CX-2600
Switches: Six Switch
Made In Taiwan

Supplies: Cloth, 91% rubbing alcohol, craft foam sheet, and scissors (not pictured)

The previous photo shows what I use to dust the motherboard and cartridge connector. This photo shows how (and what I use) to clean the cartridge connector on the motherboard of the Atari 2600.

I soak 91% rubbing alcohol on the edge (your top) of the craft foam sheet, which you’ll have to cut down in order to fit it inside the cartridge connector.

I then place the craft foam sheet into the cartridge connector and go back and forth with a bit of pressure on the plated contacts.

If you’re afraid to take your Atari apart (like I have) you don’t have to in order to clean the cartridge connector. Just follow the same steps with your Atari intact.

Wait 5 minutes for the cartridge connector to dry and put your Atari 2600 back together.

NOTE: The cartridge connector is nailed/built onto the motherboard.

Posted by Hobbycorner on 2017-12-02 03:21:24

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Exposing Cartridge Contacts

Exposing Cartridge Contacts

Supplies: Cloth and Miniature Eyeglass Screwdriver

A lot of Atari 2600 games have a dust cover (see photo), which protects the contacts inside the game. To push the dust cover inward, take a small screwdriver (my case a miniature eyeglass screwdriver) and in the left (or right) corner push down on the open hole. The dust cover will pop down and expose the contacts.

Another method (which I don’t recommend unless your game doesn’t work after cleaning it) is taking the front cartridge sticker off via a hair dryer (melts the glue under the sticker), and gently peeling back the sticker (only half-way) and exposing the screw(s). You can unscrew the screw(s) and take apart the cartridge and clean the contacts this way.

To reapply the sticker, you’ll have to use multi-purpose adhesive spray.

Posted by Hobbycorner on 2017-12-01 01:22:17

Tagged: , Cartridge , Cartridges , Contacts , Dust-Cover , Atari , Atari2600 , VCS , Video-Computer-System , Q-tips , Cleaning , Missile-Command , Screwdriver , Cloth , Games , Gaming , Game , Q-tip , Cover , Protection , Clean , 1981

Board Cleaning Supplies

Board Cleaning Supplies

Console: Atari 2600
Model: CX-2600
Switches: Six Switch
Light Sixer
Made In Taiwan

Supplies: 71% alcohol pads, screwdriver, 91% rubbing alcohol (not pictured), Q-Tips (not pictured), and Duster (Endust)

This is what the switch board looks like with the foam ring dust covers off the switches.

I use compressed air (Endust) to remove any dust that’s on the switch board and motherboard.

I use 91% rubbing alcohol with q-tips to clean the inside of the switches. These were a little dirty, but they were the only things that were dirty on the switch board or motherboard.

I use 71% alcohol pads to clean the switch board itself (I let them dry a bit so they’re not so wet), which is safe, because there’s not anything on the board.

I again use the compressed air to get any dust or dirt that was left behind on the switch board or motherboard.

Note: Game cartridges are just for looks. They’ve already been cleaned (photos 16-18)

Posted by Hobbycorner on 2017-12-02 01:10:39

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Cleaning Cartridge Connector

Cleaning Cartridge Connector

Console: Atari 2600
Model: CX-2600
Switches: Six Switch
Light Sixer
Made In Taiwan

Supplies: Cloth, miniature eyeglass screwdriver (or small screwdriver), Craft Foam Sheet, Duster (Endust), and patience

Before cleaning the cartridge connector (where the game cartridge inserts into the Atari 2600) I use compressed air (Endust) to make sure there’s no dust on the motherboard, or the cartridge connector.

I use the miniature eyeglass screwdriver to gently press down on the left (or right) hole of the cartridge connector. You don’t have to do this. This (sometimes) opens up the dust cover much wider.

NOTE: Make sure to be very careful (have patience) when taking off the 36+ year old ribbon cable from the switch board.

Posted by Hobbycorner on 2017-12-02 03:21:24

Tagged: , Atari , Atari-2600 , Screwdriver , Endust , Compressed-Air , Craft-Foam-Sheet , Foam , Craft , Crafting , Board , Motherboard , ribbon-cable , cable , VCS , Video-Computer-System , Game , Gaming , Games , Console , Consoles , Video-Game , Video-Game-System , Game-System , Fun , Memories , Joystick , Joysticks , Clean , Cleaning , Cartridge-Connector , Connector , Time-Warner-Company , Cartridge , Cartridges , CX-2600 , Electronics

Switch Board & Motherboard

Switch Board & Motherboard

Console: Atari 2600
Model: CX-2600
Switches: Six Switch
Light Sixer
Made In Taiwan

With the black foam ring dust covers back on, this is a close look at the switch board and motherboard of the Atari 2600.

You can see the color tuner (bottom left of the motherboard, round white circle) and also where the Radio Frequency (RF) cable goes into the Atari.

Posted by Hobbycorner on 2017-12-02 01:10:40

Tagged: , Atari , Atari-2600 , Console , Consoles , Game , Gaming , Games , Video-Game-System , Video-Game , Game-System , RF-Cable , Radio-Frequency-Cable , Radio-Frequency , Motherboard , Switchboard , CX-2600 , Six-Switch , Six-Switcher , Light-Sixer , Foam , Washers , Foam-Washers , Fun , Memories , Tuner , VCS , Video-Computer-System , Time-Warner-Company , Electronics , Cartridge , Cartridges , Clean , Cleaning , Joystick , Joysticks , Rings , Ring-Dust-Cover

Work Station

Work Station

Supplies: Cloth, Miniature Eyeglass Screwdriver, 91% Rubbing Alcohol, Q-tips, and Brasso

This is my setup, and as I mentioned before, I only use Brasso one time to make sure I get all the dust/dirt off the contacts inside the game cartridge. Over using Brasso can (sometimes) rub off the plated gold on the contacts. You don’t have to use Brasso.

Charley’s games (Combat, Missile Command, and Defender) had a tiny bit of dirt on them, but played wonderful prior to cleaning the contacts.

I clean the contacts with Brasso using Q-tips, because you can’t fit your finger inside to clean the contacts with a microfiber cloth. You can scrub hard and you won’t hurt the gold plated contacts. I do this for the top and bottom contacts.

To get the excess Brasso off (sometimes it can leave a residue) I use 91% rubbing alcohol with q-tips to finish the cleaning.

I clean the cartridge itself (outside) with soap & water, though, with a very damp cloth so it doesn’t ruin the sticker or artwork on the cartridge.

I let everything dry for 5 minutes and test the game.

Posted by Hobbycorner on 2017-12-01 01:22:18

Tagged: , VCS , Video-Computer-System , Atari , Atari2600 , Cleaning , Cartridge , Cartridges , Contacts , Screwdriver , Q-tips , Q-tip , Brasso , Rubbing-Alcohol , 1977 , Combat , Microfiber , Microfiber-Cloth , Clean , Contact

Atari 7800 ProSystem

Atari 7800 ProSystem

History, from www.atariage.com/7800/history.html:
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The Atari 7800 is Atari’s most overlooked and under-appreciated console. The console was announced on May 21st, 1984, and was to carry a price tag of $140. The new custom CPU that would power the system was capable of moving 100 objects on-screen at the same and time and displaying a 256 color palette. The system would also be 100% compatible with the huge existing 2600 library. Twelve 7800 titles were announced for launch, as well as a special High-Score cartridge that would allow console gamers to save their high scores for the first time ever. The public was excited, and the 7800 was poised to take over the gaming world. But it didn’t quite happen that way.

In July of 1984, the home videogame division of Atari was purchased by Jack Tramiel. Although the Atari 7800 was ready to go, licensing negotiations had to begin again because the Tramiels did not agree with some of the existing arrangements negotiated by Ray Kassar. It was around this time that the videogame market crashed, and retailers cut orders for videogames across the board. By the end of 1984, the industry was left with only Atari, Coleco, and Mattel turning out new product for their old systems, with no new console on the horizon. Atari spent the next two years working out the details, and the 7800 was finally ready to go in 1986.

1986 is also the year Nintendo decided to bring their successful Famicom console over to the United States, even though the videogame market is shaky. It’s a smash hit. The NES sells like hotcakes wherever it is available, and Atari takes notice. Tramiel and Atari continue with the release of the 7800, but it was a very sloppy effort. Only three games were initially released with the console, and it received very poor distribution. Retailers were wary of Atari making announcements and not following through. True to form, Atari announced a number of additional titles that never made it to stores. The Atari 7800 was barely a blip on the videogame market.
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My 7800, the cartridges, and the TV showing the most awesome game produced, "BallBlazer" by Lucasfilms + Atari. Background removed because you really don’t want to see the mess behind it. Dust, uh, not removed, so it’s apparent that I have not played Atari lately… so I’ll do it now. 🙂

Posted by TheDamnMushroom on 2007-08-15 00:31:47

Tagged: , atari , 7800 , 2600 , ProSystem , cartridges