All through Atari's history, smaller 3rd party game publishers came up with alternative methods for packing their products. Did you know it was common at the time for many 3rd Party Atari developers to release game cartridges, floppies, and other accessories in simple "budget" packaging such as clear inexpensive clamshell cases and plastic baggies? Some publishers even just shrink-wrapped the floppy disk and documents! Unique, alternative packaging kept costs low for the buyer, while keeping the games profitable enough for the small developers to stay in business and continue publishing Atari games and software.
This was an Atari 7800 sent to me where the client wanted the literally 'Works' done to this system. This is what was done:
- UAV installed for composite and s-video output
- New capacitors
- New Alps branded high quality panel switches installed
- Original voltage regulator replaced with newer tech DC-DC switching regulator
- Cartridge sleeve modified to allow all 3rd party carts to fit and seat properly, including Tigervision games
- Original power port removed and replaced with common 2.1x5.5mm barrel jack
- PAL BIOS installed so that both NTSC and PAL games can be played. Asteroids comes up by default with out a game inserted when powering on the 7800
- Power LED replaced with diffused UV LED
- C64 removed from circuit to improve compatibility with 2600 supercharger games, home brews, and earlier Activision games
For those curious on how the barrel jack was installed. It actually isn't that elegant since the 7800 main board and the location for the power port doesn't allow for something like this to be done. I ended up having to epoxy the jack in place directly onto the main board and upside down so that I could then solder on wires from the power plug to corresponding locations on the main board where the original plug used to connect to. Because the barrel jack is such a common size and it would be very easy for the wrong type of supply to be installed, I also added a diode just after the ferrite bead before the main filter cap as a means for reverse polarity protection.
📺 Formally setting up my Sony Trinitron TV stand with my 8-Bit systems at the new house. Atari 2600/7800, Nintendo Entertainment System, and Sega Master System are all here with room for an additional system or two. Lighting is controlled remotely using an LED light strip kit from Five Below. Game Systems connect to a 4-Channel Audio/Video RCA Switch using premium industrial-grade gold RCA cables. These are my original systems from growing up, running on my original Sony Trinitron and Sony TV Stand from the 1990s. Everything here I bought new. These things mean a lot to me and I try to keep them nice and enjoy them often.
Systems from the 16-Bit, 64-Bit, and modern era systems are set up in my credenza under the TV in the living room. They are all running on a modern HD flatscreen Trinitron. Those systems include TurboGrafx-16 / PC Engine / TurboDuo, Atari Jaguar, Super Famicom/SNES, Sega Genesis, Neo-Geo and others are in the living room running on the modern flatscreen Trinitron. Those systems can hold their own on a modern TV, but older 8-Bit systems come to life on the classic tube TVs they were designed for. Those scan lines burning through the warm phosphorescent glow of the TV screen, it's an experience.
I hope you like my setup and enjoy the photos!