Atari 2600 Composite Mod

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  1. badmofo

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    I’m not a fan of modding the classics if it can be avoided, but the RF only output of my Atari 2600 was rendering it pretty much useless - life’s too short for RF.

    So I put my morals aside and bought myself a composite mod kit from http://www.vintagegamingandmore.com/, and got soldering. Excellent instructions are available on the website, and the provided components were OK(ish), but it was still a reasonably challenging mod because of the compactness of the ‘Junior’ model. It was worth the effort though, I would say - the image quality is very good.

    I can’t ever seem to take a decent photo of my CRT, but there are ‘before and after’ examples provided on the website which accurately show the sort of improvement you can expect. Something you can’t expect, of course, is that the 2600 will be anything other than a very crude piece of hardware. I’ve spent a lot of time recently on my C64 which made the limitations of the 2600 all the more pronounced. The sound capabilities in particular can be grating – it must have driven parents nuts back in the day.

    It’s still a lot of fun to play though – Space Invaders, Pac Man, Adventure, etc still suck me in.

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  2. Cannula

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    Nice mod!
    I wont do it to my Vader that I've had since a kid but I have been looking for a Jr for this exact mod and getting a Harmony cart and just packing my Vader away. Do you have a Harmony or just use original carts?
     
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    Good plan, I don't think I could bring myself to drill holes in a Vader either :sick:. The Jr model seems pretty common and reasonably priced still. Let us know how you go!

    Yeah I just have a few original carts, but those Harmony carts look very cool.
     
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    Damn I just drove past there ten minutes ago on my run finishing way out west. :upset:
     
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    Does the RF still remain operational after the mod is installed?

    Callan
     
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    No sir it does not - wouldn't be hard to undo it all though.
     
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    One switch would solve that looking at the circuit
     
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    badmofo; you thinking of doing the pause mod too?
     
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    XONOX were the shiz ;)
     
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    No plans at this stage but I never say never :p
     
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    Hi, i'm looking at doing this to my 2600. Is there a Australian supplier of these kits now?
     
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    lol had 2 Xonox dubble enders... (not sure youd get away with calling stuff dubble enders these days with the porn industry et al.) Robin hood/pikes peak and ghost manor/ something else I cant remember now..

    as koopz said, They WERE the shitz :D

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    Nice mod btw badmofo :D
    wish I still had my original Vader, and I would have if some prick hadent knocked it off at my GF's house in Dundass. :(
     
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    I've got both of those too, but also have the artillery duel / chick Norris one as well. :)
     
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    this thread reminds me not long ago i dug out my old joysticks to play some stuff on my XEGS not a single og 2600 stick worked properly but my TAC2 was still faultless.
     

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