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Who all has a 2600 Jr. ?


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#21 kamakazi20012

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 02:24 AM

The 2600, 5200, and 7800 had class, man. Even Junior looks classy. Lynx and Jaguar were good consoles but seemed to be going for a different and original look. I guess you could call them sexy. Jaguar is a sexy looking console, for lack of better wording.
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Posted 17 April 2018 - 11:24 PM

Late to the convo, but I really dig the 2600 junior, although mine has a funny quirk, where it fuzzy on channel 4, but pretty clear when I switch and use channel 3  :o

Great, compact design.

And it gave us one of the greatest commercials in all retro gaming:


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 11:32 PM

That Space Invaders is upside down, kid!


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Posted 18 April 2018 - 08:51 AM

That Space Invaders is upside down, kid!

 

 Oh wow! It's the rare, upside down label variant!!!  :o  :rofl:


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#25 LeeJ07

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 08:29 PM

I have a Jr, a gift from RickR, I believe. I really love its compact shape, really a sleek design.
It's more attractive than the original, IMHO.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 07:48 PM

I acquired one a month or so ago from a work mate and I really like it. I find the RF to be funny in these units. It's either terrible or perfect. Luckily my latest one falls into the latter category.


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Posted 15 September 2018 - 11:52 PM

I am WICKED late to this one. (catching up on posts missed in my absence) I have a Jr, in fact 2. I have a normal North American unit and a weird clone one with the 32 in 1 cart built in. From the best I could find out it is from Australia but I honestly do not know. The pin that controls LEFT movement on port 1 is broken off so I can't use the clone anymore but it's cool.

 

Did you ever get to painting one?????  

 

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Posted 16 September 2018 - 06:47 AM

Now that I think back, the only games I remember seeing on the shelf were either red boxes or Froggo games. Wonder where that Space Invaders came from?
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Posted 16 September 2018 - 11:24 AM

I think I could fix that broken left port (remove it and replace).  But the de-soldering would be a challenge. 


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Posted 16 September 2018 - 07:04 PM

I have an A2600 Jr. "Short Rainbow" console that I bought at SPACE (Saint Paul Atari Computer Enthusiasts) in Saint Paul about twenty years ago. The case on the console got damaged from a fall off of a shelf, but it is only moderate cosmetic damage, can be repaired (and I tried with epoxy), and still works well. I need to make more cosmetic repairs on it, but now and then I still play it. Anybody know where I can get some black plastic putty filler? Like Bondo or epoxy, maybe. That would be all I needed to repair this thing. Here is a picture of the console.

 

Thanks.  :lol:

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Posted 16 September 2018 - 10:07 PM

Here are some better photos of the A2600 Jr. "Short Rainbow" that I own. You can see the damage and my attempt at mitigating it. It still needs work. But, I am confident it can be repaired cosmetically. Any suggestions? Thanks. 

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Posted 16 September 2018 - 10:10 PM

Black duct tape.  I'm not kidding.  It will make it look decent and not damage it any further.  If you're careful and cut the tape in just the right shapes, it can be very discreet. 


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Posted 16 September 2018 - 10:17 PM

Huh, never thought of that. It might work. Thanks. :)


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 09:44 AM

I think I could fix that broken left port (remove it and replace).  But the de-soldering would be a challenge. 

I am sure I could too. Would just need solder braid or a sucker. Just never got to it. 


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 11:51 AM

Here are some better photos of the A2600 Jr. "Short Rainbow" that I own. You can see the damage and my attempt at mitigating it. It still needs work. But, I am confident it can be repaired cosmetically. Any suggestions? Thanks. 

 

 

I always loved the "Short Rainbow" version the best. That was the design intended for 1984. It's a shame that the plastic they used was so brittle, I haven't come across a 2600 Jr. in a long time that didn't feel fragile and at risk of cracking if grabbed too firmly.


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 05:28 PM

I always loved the "Short Rainbow" version the best. That was the design intended for 1984. It's a shame that the plastic they used was so brittle, I haven't come across a 2600 Jr. in a long time that didn't feel fragile and at risk of cracking if grabbed too firmly.

I found mine under a pile of junk. That must have preserved it because it is solid. 


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Posted 17 September 2018 - 06:06 PM

Now that I think back, the only games I remember seeing on the shelf were either red boxes or Froggo games. Wonder where that Space Invaders came from?

 

Back in the late 80s, it was still easy to find silver boxed and original style boxed games. For instance, I recall getting Missile Command at Toys R Us and Star Raiders at Meijers around 88 or 89. 


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 02:01 AM

Back in the late 80s, it was still easy to find silver boxed and original style boxed games. For instance, I recall getting Missile Command at Toys R Us and Star Raiders at Meijers around 88 or 89. 

 

 

I bought brand new Missile Command and Air-Sea Battle at Kay-Bee toys in January, 1994. Still brand new on the shelf. I also bought brand new E.T. and Asteroids at Kay-Bee on Saturday, September 18, 1993. 25 years ago today incidentally. The moment I knowingly stepped into classic gaming, a hobby I thought I was alone in.


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 07:39 AM

I bought brand new Missile Command and Air-Sea Battle at Kay-Bee toys in January, 1994. Still brand new on the shelf. I also bought brand new E.T. and Asteroids at Kay-Bee on Saturday, September 18, 1993. 25 years ago today incidentally. The moment I knowingly stepped into classic gaming, a hobby I thought I was alone in.


You were never alone. I still had a 5200 and about 3 various wood grain 2600s in 1994. Mom kept asking me why I kept buying them when I seen them. My only answer was because it was an Atari. The Junior model I picked up in 1990, maybe 1991. It was the same large rainbow I have now. But the Alco store was the only place in town carrying anything 2600. My area was also void of TRU and any well known large toy stores. Our Wal-Mart still closed at nights and that was the only large store chain that carried anything of video game importance...except Atari stuff. They simply refused to sell those.

The Junior model I have now is like Creep's...built like a tank! I just wish I could find those exact slider switches so I can replace them. It is the only reason why I don't use Junior much. That's also why I'm glad to have the woodgrain model so I don't damage Junior any more until I can replace those. Whose idea was it to make plastic slider switches in the first place? And I refer to the switches mounted on the board, not the covers everyone sees.
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Posted 18 September 2018 - 07:45 AM

Late to the convo, but I really dig the 2600 junior, although mine has a funny quirk, where it fuzzy on channel 4, but pretty clear when I switch and use channel 3  :o
Great, compact design.
And it gave us one of the greatest commercials in all retro gaming:
https://www.youtube....h?v=m752qiGqSm4


That sounds like a possible bad cap. There is also an adjustable frequency component usually in red plastic with a ferrite screw-like part inside. I have found issues you mention where that ferrite part was cracked...making impossible to adjust the console for any channel or for one but not the other. Try channel 2. I think the original specs were for channels 2 and 3 to be used instead of channel 4.
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