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Repair & Servicing
Atari 2600 Repairs
Atari 2600
The Atari 2600 is the console that brought video games into the home way back in 1977, sparking an entertainment revolution. The Atari 2600 remains just as much fun today as it did back in the 70's and 80's with a vast collection of games available and gameplay that is genuinely challenging and fun.
Repairs

We service and repair all models of the Atari 2600 including the 4 Switch, 6 Switch and Junior models in both PAL and NTSC formats. See below for more detail on each repair service.
Clean and Service
Power Circuit Repair
AV Upgrade (RCA Video & Mono Audio)
Power Light Upgrade
Front Switch Replacement
Rear Switch Replacement
Motherboard Replacement
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$30
$35
$10
$30
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$50
Service
We perform repairs for people Australia wide and as such work on a post-in post-out system. Return postage is not included in the repair fee and is payable along with your repair fee once the repairs are completed. Your console is shipped back through Australia Post with tracking and signature on delivery. When posting your console ensure that it is packed safely and securely - we will use the same packaging to return the console to you

Prices include GST and are cover general repairs as indicated. If your console has major damage which requires more lengthy repair we will contact you before commencing repairs - if you choose not to go ahead there's no charge for the evaluation.

All repairs are covered by our comprehensive 6 month parts and labor warranty.
Power Circuit Repair
If your Atari doesn't switch on, you've likely got an issue with your power circuit or power adapter. The 2600 doesn't have a power light which makes it difficult to determine if the power is coming on or not. In some cases a failing power supply can cause power circuit failure in the console. In others you may get no picture due to a failed RF circuit (produces the signal for your TV) and have a working power circuit.

The Atari 2600 comes standard with RF output which connects to the Antenna-In on your television. The first step for most is to double check that you're connected to the Antenna In on your TV, your game cartridge has clean contacts if they are exposed - and that you've run a channel tuning scan on your TV with the Atari switched on & game inserted to attempt to pick up the signal.

If you pick up a black screen the fault may not be power related and could be the game cartridge or on the mainboard of your Atari.
AV Upgrade (RCA Video and Mono Audio)
The AV Upgrade is an excellent way of modernising your Atari so that it connects to the standard composite inputs (AV Inputs) on your modern TV. The RF cable and RF signal generating circuit are removed from the Atari and a new circuit added generating the signal for AV output. Three new sockets are mounted on the rear of the case allowing you to use an RCA cable to connect directly to your TV (no more tuning!).

The AV Upgrade is also the recommended repair for consoles with failing RF modules (fuzzy or distorted picture).
Front Switch Replacement
The 6-Switch and 4-Switch Atari 2600's frequently have their front switches broken in storage due to the way they protrude from the front of the case. A switch replacement involves replacing your broken switch with a used, working replacement. If you have multiple broken switches, additional switches on the same console can be replaced for an additional $7.00 per switch
Rear Switch Replacement
The 4-Switch systems use slide switches on the back of the console for difficulty settings and channel select. The switches can be broken off, or stop working. Slide switches are replaced with used, working replacements - or new switches if available.
Motherboard Replacement
In some cases a replacemend motherboard is the best option for repair. In some storage conditions water can enter the Atari console and in coastal environments salt-laden humidity can condense on the motherboard causing rapid corrosion. Power surges originating either from your 9V power supply or from the power lines can surge through the console causing damage to critical components.