2013-07-16 09:46 - General
I found a video mod board for the Atari 2600 for sale online recently. I brought the Atari home from my Mom's last year around when I was assembling my video game console collection. But I never hooked it up; I can't do much with an RF modulator these days. Maybe the tuner part of the TV could handle it, but (very) brief attempts (with the probably-broken modulator boxes I have) proved fruitless. So when I found this, I thought I could hook it up easily!
I spent a few hours opening the thing up and soldering a bunch of connections. And a lot of work hacking the connectors into the back of the existing plastic console. I plugged it in and it ran the first time, both composite and S-Video worked great! But then I closed it up and it didn't work anymore. I just hot glued a few pieces into place to keep them from rattling, put the top on and screwed it in. I don't know what I could have broken. It was quite depressing to go so quickly from a worked-the-first-time modification to complete brokenness.