In this article I give continuity in the series about the installation of the 2600RGB Kit in a Atari 2600 the Polivoks with American Board Rev. 17.
For those who haven't read, I recommend reading the previous articles to better understand this contract:
- Atari 2600 the Polivoks with American Board Rev. 17
- Transcoding-Atari 2600 Rev. 17 for NTSC (Polivoks with American Board) – Part 1
- Transcoding-Atari 2600 Rev. 17 for NTSC (Polivoks with American Board) – Part 2
- Repairs on the Atari 2600: Silicone feet, EVA dust protection, Rust removal and other
- 2600RGB – Video upgrade kit for Atari 2600
- Atari 2600: Installing the Mod 2600RGB-Part 1
- Atari 2600: Installing the Mod 2600RGB-Part 2
In this part of the series I'm going to take care of the installation of the S-Video output on the Atari 2600. On previous article I had already done the drilling and pasted the S-Video jack on the console.
I waited the glue cure well and on a Monday for my vacation I woke up early to make the welds, because a little later the Sun strong battery on my “Countertop” improvised.
I chose Brown and purple wires to the luminance and chrominance components, respectively, to differentiate them easily from other wires of the outputs. The black wire is the Earth. I did so the solder on the label of the 2600RGB Kit.
Then, welded wires on the label that will be welded in jack S-Video.
Now it's time to weld the plate in jack S-Video.
Jack S-Video installed, I decided to test the console on TV, via Framemeister XRGB Mini, do you have a TV with S-Video input.
With the aid of Harmony Cartridge, It's time to test some games.
The result surprised me. Even the image of the S-Video output of the Atari 2600 to 2600RGB is quite higher than the image of my Atari 2600 with the mod of the Longhorn Engineer, that even before the release of the 2600RGB It was considered the best against Atari 2600. The superiority of 2600RGB It's not even so much the sharpening, that is very similar, but the colors. The colors of the 2600RGB are fantastic.
Unfortunately the camera cannot display the images that I saw on the screen, you are even more beautiful, But anyway I will show some pictures.
A single detail bothered me in the images obtained with the S-Video output. There was some noise in the image, manifesting as vertical lines (jailbars), It also does not appear in the photos. I thought you had done something stupid with the welds or should have used a thicker wire. But in the end I found out that the culprit was the power supply that I was using.
This Atari 2600 came with a generic source with 12V output, but the original source of the Atari offers only 9V on output. I know that the original voltage regulator tolerates higher voltages, so I've been using the 12V source normally. But, from the moment I installed the new voltage regulator, that comes with the 2600RGB Kit, I left immediately the 12V source and use a Retrobit source I acquired on eStarland, specific to the Atari, with 9V output. And this source of Retrobit was the culprit by noise in the end. From the moment I started using a original source of Atari, noise problems are over.
It is clear that at this point I was already eager to install the door RGB and see how this image, that was beautiful, It could get even better. But the Sun was pounding on my makeshift bench, then I covered everything and had to wait until the evening to continue the work.
Want to see how the images of the Atari 2600 in RGB? Want to see how was the console after all modifications? Then wait for the next and last part of this series. It also will bring several videos captured gameplay with RGB output. Share with your friends if you liked. And sign the Skooter Blog to receive new articles by email.