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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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

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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

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Control Room and Memory Bank

Control Room and Memory Bank

"It’s time to go global! Once our construction worker minion, Dominic, dusts off the old control panel and installs a timeclock, our evil organization will be able to do missions anywhere in the world!"

When fully manned, the control room will serve as the mission headquarters for all of our operations off the island, and will even be able to slow the Forces of Justice from approaching our secret hideout lair! The control panel gathers information from geo regions, and the memory bank stores the information for a useful duration.

*The floor is just not quite up to par: the spacing is off and aesthetically doesn’t fit within the 6×6 stud modular grid. It might look better without the red "grout" lines, and would then certainly fit the grid! We’ll see.

Furniture to build: control panel, time clock, control station, communications array, stock market watchdog, schematics station, and a "big screen." That’s a lot, but we’ll need it to insure complete world domination!

Posted by Kyla Overbay on 2017-12-28 01:28:31

Tagged: , Evil Genius , Evil , Genius , Evil Genius 2 , Evil Genius Two , Evil Genius Sequel , Lego , Render , Lego Render , Lego Evil Genius , Computer Game , Video Game , Sequel , Game Sequel , Rebellion Studios , Sierra Studios , Control , Room , Control Room , Mission Headquarters , HQ , Memory Bank

Video Computer System

Video Computer System

Photo of an Atari 2600 Video Computer System. This particular unit was from their second run of manufacture. According to the serial number, it was made in Taiwan circa 1979. This unit spent a lot of time with its original dust cover over it (also emblazoned with the Atari logo), so it’s in nearly perfect condition.

Posted by Kalaab M. Pickering on 2013-11-10 04:32:14

Tagged: , Atari , 2600 , video game