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Atari Super Pong - Black Screen

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I've mentioned it before.  I have an Atari Super Pong, but it only displays a black screen.  I was able to open up the case (yes, I had the correct security screw-bit in my Harbor Freight kit), but everything inside looks nice and clean.  I'm guessing one of the IC's has gone bad. 

 

Well, before I just give up and call this one a nice piece of shelf-fodder (it will look good on a shelf), I thought I'd just ask if anyone here knows what would cause a blank black screen. 

 

 

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I wished I was more technically proficient. but will try & share my experiances

 

is there sound from the internal speaker ? although I have had two different working consoles with a bad speaker a first sign of life

 

there is a the channel switch ... it cold be gummed up , switching back & forth mey un-gum it enough for a picture

 

there also may be a TV tuner potetiometer in there ... about a minute into this video

 

for a newer TV I dunno if there is a channel tuning thing that might help dial in a picture .... I had a console that only worked on my oldest TV

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No sound at all.  I've flipped the switch, tried bypassing the power switch, turning the little pots.  I just don't think it's getting a proper start up...maybe the timing crystally thing is off...or the IC itself is bad.  Voltage looks ok throughout.  I think it's just plain dead, Jim. 

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I will say that the black screen is beautifully black.  No interference or static.  :emoji-E420: So I've got that going for me. 

 

It's also quite interesting how much this thing looks like the 2600 inside.  The pots are identical.  Layout very similar. 

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yeah with no sound or picture I would check power as you did 

 

got it through the switch, diodes & the transistor & all that ?

 

I have a hard time just tossing stuff ... I'm not sure if there is a boneyard thread going ....

 

if you make an offer on this thing ...

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vtg-Sears-Tele-Games-Electronic-Game-Sports-Center-IV-Motocross-WORKS-FOR-PARTS/331919928775?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D35375%26meid%3Dd733405b53a740af9db874804f2d240e%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D232010758829

 

I have an extra handlebar for the top he said it worked (powered up) but prolly didn't go all through it 

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OMG -- a boneyard is a GREAT idea!

 

I'd be all over that stunt cycle...but shipping is $20! 

oh it's $11.26 to East Coast ... :(

 

I have 2 differnt models already or I would have snagged it ( + a parts unit with a bad chip , missing speaker & power port )

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