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

Tagged: , Atari , Atari-2600 , Console , Consoles , Game , Games , Gaming , Board , Motherboard , Switchboard , Clean , Cleaning , CX-2600 , Six-Switch , Light-Sixer , Six-Switcher , Rubbing-Alcohol , Screwdriver , Duster , Endust , Alcohol-Pads , Q-Tips , Compressed-Air , Video-Game , Video-Games , Video-Game-System , Game-System , Electronics , Fun , Memories , Cartridge , Cartridges , Joystick , Joysticks , VCS , Video-Computer-System , Time-Warner-Company , Foam , Washers , Foam-Washers , Ring , Rings , Foam-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

B L E A H ! ! !

B L E A H ! ! !

Posted by francesca.clemente on 2008-11-09 21:19:58

Tagged: , Mc Gyver , laptop , dust , IKEA , independent , Q-tips , fan , clean , Mc , Gyver , computer , repair , close , macro , cat , bed , Leuven , Francesca , clemente , Cagliari , Belgie , Belgium , Belgio , Sardegna , Sardinia , francesca clemente , clemente francesca , gatti , viaggi

reassembling…crossing fingers…and good bye spaceship!

reassembling...crossing fingers...and good bye spaceship!

Posted by francesca.clemente on 2008-11-09 21:23:30

Tagged: , Mc Gyver , laptop , dust , IKEA , independent , Q-tips , fan , clean , Mc , Gyver , computer , repair , close , macro , cat , bed , Leuven , Francesca , clemente , Cagliari , Belgie , Belgium , Belgio , Sardegna , Sardinia , francesca clemente , clemente francesca , gatti , viaggi

nice and clean

nice and clean

Posted by francesca.clemente on 2008-11-09 21:21:03

Tagged: , Mc Gyver , laptop , dust , IKEA , independent , Q-tips , fan , clean , Mc , Gyver , computer , repair , close , macro , cat , bed , Leuven , Francesca , clemente , Cagliari , Belgie , Belgium , Belgio , Sardegna , Sardinia , francesca clemente , clemente francesca , gatti , viaggi

Q-tips

Q-tips

Posted by francesca.clemente on 2008-11-09 21:22:11

Tagged: , Mc Gyver , laptop , dust , IKEA , independent , Q-tips , fan , clean , Mc , Gyver , computer , repair , close , macro , cat , bed , Leuven , Francesca , clemente , Cagliari , Belgie , Belgium , Belgio , Sardegna , Sardinia , francesca clemente , clemente francesca , gatti , viaggi

inside my laptop…something is rotten in the state of Laptop

inside my laptop...something is rotten in the state of Laptop

Posted by francesca.clemente on 2008-11-09 21:18:57

Tagged: , Mc Gyver , laptop , dust , IKEA , independent , Q-tips , fan , clean , Mc , Gyver , computer , repair , close , macro , cat , bed , Leuven , Francesca , clemente , Cagliari , Belgie , Belgium , Belgio , Sardegna , Sardinia , francesca clemente , clemente francesca , gatti , viaggi