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Atari 2600 – Part 3

Remember in there first part when I said that my model was the Atari 2600 “pré-S”, but with built-in source. Well, now managed to get an Atari 2600 the Polyvox that is exactly the model of my childhood. This model I believe is a little rarer than the other, it is a transition model. It is more common to find the Atari 2600 with the external source, Model clone Americans call “Vader”, in reference to the all-black look (Darth Vader, Star Wars, recalled?) in contrast to the template with the front timber, which is the most common model there, but which was never released in Brazil. The other common model in Brazil is the Atari 2600s, the latest, wherein the key Polyvox limou “TV Type”, left the embedded controls (bad strategy) and changed the switches classics by other weird, probably to cut costs. This latest version is not too dear, and seems to have no equivalent outside Brazil. So, the model I got for Christmas 1987 is not necessarily rare, but is much less common than the other. And it's probably the last decent model (read: all switches and detachable controls) the Polyvox.

E this Thread 2600 I acquired is in the original box. She is not well conserved, unfortunately. Compare with my Mega Drive III box and the my Super Nintendo box to see that my standard of conservation is somewhat higher. But it's hard to find an Atari 2600 with box today, in good condition with box so it's harder walks. This model specifically did not find any with an even entire box. I even thought of getting a new box in Shop Moises, but it only takes the box of the two most common models I mentioned. To make a new project he needs at least 5 Buyers. Anyone out there is qualified?

Box of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Box of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Box of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Box of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Box of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Box of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Box of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Box of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Box of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Box of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Box of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Box of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Algo curioso que notei na caixa é que a lista do conteúdo da embalagem menciona umAdaptador para corrente alternada 117V”. Why quote an adapter if the font is embedded? Furthermore, the built-in power supply has a key in the bottom of the console to select 110V or 220V, and the box does not mention the possibility of running at 220V. I even thought that this box could actually belong to another console, those who were still using external source. In that case would be one I know nothing, because this smaller box model is used only in consoles with built-in source. Or was it a mistake on Polyvox? Applying Occam's Razor I was more inclined to believe in an error of Polyvox. Confirmation came comparing the number of box series with the console serial number. The numbers are identical, then definitely this box is this console. So the verdict is error of Polyvox. I had never noticed this detail in my childhood. Was that a mistake has been fixed some time after? In the 2600s Atari box is fixed, but do not know if the fix came only with the 2600s or may have left before. In the former case, would put this Atari 2600 I acquired among the first to come out with the built-in source?

Of contents in the package

Of contents in the package

The console itself is very well maintained. I did not find a single scratch, just a little powder. In part 2 showed an Atari 2600 after cleaning, but I am here showing the way received. The switches are all durinhos, as new. A clear sign that an Atari 2600 was widely used is that switches are becoming weaker. The “Power”, widely used, acaba ficando nitidamente mais frouxo que o “TV Type”, which is practically not used. In my childhood console it happened, although it has not affected the operation. This console both swithes has the same resistance, indicating that he was seldom used.

Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Detail of the keys Power and TV Type of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Detail of the keys Power and TV Type of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Detail of the keys Select Game and Game Reset Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Detail of the keys Select Game and Game Reset Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Rear of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

Rear of Atari 2600 the Polyvox

On the back you can see that the place would be the input source is covered with a rubber cap. As I had mentioned in part 1, it shows that the Polyvox took carcasses were ready, just plugging that gap and making a new opening down to the key that selects between 110V and 220V.

Rubber cap would be where the input power supply

Rubber cap would be where the input power supply

And in the bottom of the console found the label Polyvox with the serial number. Many islands no longer has that label, or has it all torn, but that island it is almost perfect. It's a shame that the Polyvox just put the serial number and not the year of manufacture.

Polyvox label with the number of Atari series 2600

Polyvox label with the number of Atari series 2600

Even at the bottom found the toggle switch 110V and 220V that had mentioned, and also found the two seals of Polyvox, indicating that this island was never open. Another positive point. Before I wanted to open it to photograph the inside, check the version of PCB and try to find more manufacturing year of the slopes. But after finding the seals of Polyvox gave up the idea. It is best that this island remains sealed. Sealed consoles tend to be worth more.

Selector switch 110V / 220V on the bottom of the console

Selector switch 110V / 220V on the bottom of the console

Lacre de fábrica da Polyvox nos parafusos do console

Sealing factory Polyvox the console screws

Sealing factory Polyvox the console screws

Sealing factory Polyvox the console screws

The plugs are clean, both the RF and the energy. Ambos originais como mostra a inscrição “POLYVOX” nos mesmos. The mains plug is even compatible with the new Brazilian standard. Does Polyvox predicted the future almost 30 years ago? 🙂

Plug de energia e plug de RF do Atari 2600

Plug de energia e plug de RF do Atari 2600

Atari Power Plug 2600

Atari Power Plug 2600

Plug de RF do Atari 2600

Plug de RF do Atari 2600

The key antenna switching is present and functioning. There are signs of rust as in all other of that time I've ever seen. On the back there is a stamp with manufacturing and expiry dates. Validity? What surprised me, plus find an expiration date which expired on 1994 in a product that has nothing to really spoil (except for the rusty metal box), was that the date of manufacture is 1991. That's a little odd, as far as I remember, in 1991 the only Atari 2600 available on the market was the Atari 2600s. Even appeared to some Ataris where the output was with antenna tape 300 ohms (Bizonho!) and the switch was different. I think it unlikely that the Polyvox have kept the 2600 2600s and production while.

So would the Polyvox still manufactured this traditional model for a while, with the 2600s? Or was this antenna switch box was replaced? I think the second scenario is more likely.

Changeover Switch Atari antenna 2600

Changeover Switch Atari antenna 2600

Changeover Switch Atari antenna 2600

Changeover Switch Atari antenna 2600

Changeover Switch Atari antenna 2600

Changeover Switch Atari antenna 2600

This brings me to the cartridge that came with this console, and who accompanied my childhood Island: Enduro. Also running perfectly. Just noticed something different here: the label cartridge that does not match the cartridge that came with the Atari 2600 of my childhood. Aquela tinha “Enduro” escrito na parte de cima do cartucho também. The inscription was in the middle with smaller letters. The game screen was in a position a little lower. Por fim havia a incrição “Atari Cartucho Original” que não há nesse cartucho que veio com o console que adquiri.

So again: would have been an exchange? This version with different label came before or after that with the label that I had in my childhood? I would say that came after, pois na minha infância só me recordo de cartuchos da Polyvox com a inscrição “Atari Cartucho Original”, which was a form of Polyvox say that was the only legal representative of Atari in Brazil. They even recommended in the manual that were only used cartridges Polyvox. Then the console would be really 1991? Or would also have the cartridge been changed? Activision has also this logo on the plastic part of the cartridge I do not recall whether or not there is in the other versions.

Enduro cartridge that came with Atari 2600

Enduro cartridge that came with Atari 2600

Enduro cartridge that came with Atari 2600

Enduro cartridge that came with Atari 2600

Enduro cartridge that came with Atari 2600

Enduro cartridge that came with Atari 2600

Enduro cartridge that came with Atari 2600

Enduro cartridge that came with Atari 2600

Enduro cartridge that came with Atari 2600

Enduro cartridge that came with Atari 2600

The joysticks are also up and running. Unfortunately one of the joysticks are all bitten. I do not understand what's wrong with these kids who decide to eat the joystick instead of playing with him. Both joysticks are to seal the Polyvox also. Plastic account bitten and seal the idea of ​​restoring them in the future as I did with one of the joysticks that showed the part 2 was aborted. Anyway, beyond joystick restaurei I also have the two new joysticks that got in the middle of last year.

Joysticks accompanying the Atari 2600

Joysticks accompanying the Atari 2600

Joysticks accompanying the Atari 2600

Joysticks accompanying the Atari 2600

Joysticks accompanying the Atari 2600

Joysticks accompanying the Atari 2600

Joysticks accompanying the Atari 2600

Joysticks accompanying the Atari 2600

And after analyzing each item, it's time to connect the Atari 2600 on TV and see how it behaves. Worked out of the. Almost 30 years later I'm playing Enduro again in all its glory, no hardware original, without emulators.

Atari 2600 operation, with the game Enduro Activision

Atari 2600 operation, with the game Enduro Activision

Atari 2600 operation, with the game Enduro Activision

Atari 2600 operation, with the game Enduro Activision

Atari 2600 operation, with the game Enduro Activision

Atari 2600 operation, with the game Enduro Activision

Atari 2600 operation, with the game Enduro Activision

Atari 2600 operation, with the game Enduro Activision

Atari 2600 operation, with the game Enduro Activision

Atari 2600 operation, with the game Enduro Activision

Update (10/09/2014): Went unnoticed by me at first, but then I noticed that the key antenna switching of Atari 2600 chama a entrada do console de “VIDEO GAME”, enquanto a entrada da chave comutadora do meu Atari de infância dizia “COMPUTER”.

E sobre o desgaste da chavePOWERque se vê na maioria dos Atari 2600 and I did not find that: this is a problem that also occurs in the US Atari, but in Brazil the problem is compounded by unlicensed cartridges with multiple games. Remember it was common to find Atari cartridges 4 games, and sometimes 16 e até 32 games, that had not switches and had to go off and on the Atari 2600 until you reach the desired game. If it was 32, tell there 62 switch position changes just to get the desired game. Even games with switches Sometimes a pair precivam-and-error attempts to find the desired game. And pior, I got to see some cartridges 4 games in which one of the games were selected randomly each time the Atari 2600 was connected. Moreover, I think that neither was so random, because some games were well selected more often than others. To play the rarest of being selected game had to turn on and turn off the console again and again.

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    Fósseis do Ofício

    The mai curious about the Polivoks is piracy from a company that supposedly defended tooth and nail the fact their cartridges are “original”. Let's see: the Polivoks earning Atari products in Brazil. Correct? Well. Where is that Enduro, Pitfall!, Freeway, Activision games (that for worse were bundles Polivoks classics) were also licensed? The contract provided for games only Atari and not from third parties like Actvision. Not to mention with Apple and Dolls and Mr. Chin (respectively: I Want My Mommy and Dishaster of the Polivoks Zimag erroneously recorded in the cartridges as Activision!). Curious, no minimum.

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    Alex Cross

    My 2600 It was manufactured in 16FEV84 as label on the Board, but does not have the serial number.

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    Alex Cross

    My 2600 It was manufactured in February 16, 84 as sticker on the inner plate, I don't know the serial number, on your Board should have its….

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      Skooter

      The problem is that to view the card I have to remove the seal on the Polivoks.

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