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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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

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bijou_hamtaro

bijou_hamtaro

2008 April 18 – This is my 2nd repair attempt on a different pair of headphones, the Bijou (Hamtaro) headphone jack repair / mod. More pics later…maybe. It didn’t come out quite as I’d envisioned, so I may try to redo it later.

1) Melted one of the black rubber insulator bits on the plug (too much heat while I was struggling to solder the plug). Had to pull it off or the plug wouldn’t go into the jack. The right channel is a bit hit or miss depending on the system but works perfect on my laptop, work computer, handhelds and mp3 player. Just not my computer speakers. Go figure.

2) Interior soldering job is pretty crap, I couldn’t tin the original earphone wires for the life of me. I don’t think even rosin would have helped, there’s too much leftover gunk from burning off the insulation (?). The connection seems solid after squashing all the wires together, though, and I managed to keep the wires insulated from each other to boot. 😛

3) Soldering the original wires directly to the stripped plug proved impossible.

I figured attaching "helper wires" to the plug might help. But what kind of wire? Stripping 24 gauge stranded copper speaker wire (it’s what I have), taking two pliers and twisting the wire together tightly made the best kind. Take a couple inches of that, tin the ends, attach to one of the leftover blobs of solder on the plug.

Do this three times for the three areas (tip, ring, sleeve). Now you’ve got "handles" to twist the original wires onto.

If only I’d figured this out before trashing the plug’s black insulation with way too much heat. (The rubber squished out so I had to remove it or I couldn’t insert the plug into a jack.)

4) Bijou (Hamuko?) the hamster is sawn off the top of a Pez-like candy dispenser that I’d been hanging on to for years. Holes were made and cleaned with Dremel "high speed" cutters. She’s hollow, low-density and tough–the ideal decorative 3.5mm plug "handle"!

5) A respiratory mask is absolutely necessary during all stages of working on this. Gives some add’l protection from dust and fumes.

Posted by cchun0001 on 2008-04-18 22:12:46

Tagged: , 20080418 , headphones , earphones , repair , fix , plug , 3.5mm , 1/8 , TRS , connector , audio , hamtaro , hamuko , bijou

Headphone adapters

Headphone adapters

A parade of quarter-inch-to-3.5-mm adapters I got with various pairs of headphones.

The last three are, of course, all from the same model of headphones: Philips SHP2500. The one on the left is from a Sony pair, I think.

I use one of these (second from left) in my amplifier, which has a quarter-inch output jack, to adapt it to the 3.5-mm cable to my computer’s line-in jack.

Posted by Peter Hosey on 2010-11-22 00:04:12

Tagged: , headphone , audio , 3.5mm , quarter-inch , connector , miniplug , adapter , macro

SCSI 68 pin internal con

SCSI 68 pin internal con

The business end of a SCSI 68-pin internal connector, attached to its ribbon cable. Taken in Albany, CA by a Nikon N75 with a Micro-Nikkor 55mm ƒ3.5 lens on Fujicolor Superia Xtra 800. Negative scanned into computer by an HP G4010. Dust removal, color and gamma correction done in Paint Shop Pro Photo X2.

Taken at 1:1on the film plane, the connector is really 1 7/8 inches across the end closest to camera, this photo is about 3x life size as seen on my monitor screen (where it’s 5 3/8 inches…) (according to my math, that’s 2.8666…x life size…) My monitor is a 17’" CRT at 1280×1024…

Posted by THE Holy Hand Grenade! on 2011-06-26 19:21:12

Tagged: , SCSI , connector , Fujicolor , Superia Xtra 800 , BokehLicious , Micro-Nikkor 55mm ƒ3.5 AI , Albany, CA , Nikon N75

Termination Connector

Termination Connector

Heh, you said “single-ended” … I popped this startlingly heavy duty SCSI terminator off the backside of a Silicon Graphics Iris workstation that’s been gather dust (and unfortunately rust) in my garage for several years.

Posted by splorp on 2013-10-27 16:41:57

Tagged: , metal , silver , scsi , terminator , termination , connector , hardware , computer , amp , sgi , silicongraphics , iris , compunabula , obsolete , obsolescence , grey , gray , white , black , monochrome , interior , calgary , alberta , canada

Cut the Blue Wire!

Cut the Blue Wire!

MacroMonday Theme: How Does It Work?

Posted by Rudy Malmquist on 2009-07-13 13:28:33

Tagged: , Apple , Computer , MacBook , Mac , Book , Macintosh , Laptop , Blue , Cable , Dust , Guts , MacroMonday , MM , Macro , Monday , Gold , Metal , Connection , Connector , Bokeh