The last time I had people over to the arcade, I found out that my Atari 2600, Commodore Vic 20, and Commodore 64 were all kaput due to various reasons. This was quite frustrating as it was the first time hooking them up since after we moved last June. It would’ve been nice to have that in addition to my upright arcade machines. I also have to find some time to hook up my multi Taito board into my Elevator Action cabinet, but it may be tough being that the baby could arrive at anytime.
I managed to find about an hour available this past Sunday to spend reviving my Atari 2600. The problem with it was no screen at all. I had gotten the little spark when connecting the power supply up but that was it. I figured it was just really dusty since I had it out before we moved for a couple years where it could gather dust constantly. I probably hadn’t fired it up in about a year. Now I’m wondering if I should create a cover for it. It was really poor design to let dust into the cartridge slot or was it genius because they could sell more from people being too lazy to fix problems themselves.
I must give credit to the following 2 sites as I used their suggestions for my thorough cleaning: http://www.leftylimbo.com/2010/04/cleaning-my-atari-2600/ and http://www.thetechrepo.com/main-articles/481-how-to-fix-an-atari-2600-from-top-to-bottom. Without the Internet and those two sites, who knows if I would’ve done a good enough job cleaning. First attempt my Atari 2600 powered up fine to the expected screen. My Atari also sparkles again.