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

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

Front Intake of ITX Case

Front Intake of ITX Case

The BitFenix Colossus is a great case but wished the front had a removable filter or grill. Behind this grill is a 230mm fan to suck in cool air. A simple burst of air from a can will not be able to remove the dust inside the grill. I will need to try to find other means of removing the dust.

With the door closed on this case the air is sucked in from the top but with the door open, obviously it takes in more air directly from the front. The dust in the hollow door is very hard to get to but with a good shot of air it cleaned it right up. There were some stubborn dust particles that needed an old fashioned Q-tip to move it along.

Posted by E_milTakesPics on 2015-03-15 00:17:13

Tagged: , Spring , Cleaning , ITX , Case , Intel , HTPC , SFF , BitFenix , 600W , Dust , Dirt , Grime , Air , Computer , Colossus , Q-Tip