Atari 2600: Installing the Mod 2600RGB – Part 3

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:

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.

All ready to start the work.

All ready to start the work.

The jacks were already well glued, even with a bit of excess glue.

The jacks were already well glued, even with a bit of excess glue.

Positioning the platelets of the kit in jacks.

Positioning the platelets of the kit in jacks.

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.

Soldering the wires of the S-Video out on the label of the Kit 2600RGB.

Soldering the wires of the S-Video out on the label of the Kit 2600RGB.

Then, welded wires on the label that will be welded in jack S-Video.

Soldering the wires on the label that will be welded in jack S-Video.

Soldering the wires on the label that will be welded in jack S-Video.

Now it's time to weld the plate in jack S-Video.

Positioning plate in jack S-Video for welding.

Positioning plate in jack S-Video for welding.

Plate welded on jack S-Video.

Plate welded on 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.

Connecting the Atari 2600 the Framemeister Mini XRGB, through the S-Video output.

Connecting the Atari 2600 the Framemeister Mini XRGB, through the S-Video output.

With the aid of Harmony Cartridge, It's time to test some games.

Tela do Harmony Cartridge, through the S-Video output of the 2600RGB Kit.

Tela do Harmony Cartridge, through the S-Video output of the 2600RGB Kit.

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.

Bobby is Going Home, using the S-Video output of the 2600RGB.

Bobby is Going Home, using the S-Video output of the 2600RGB.

Enduro using the S-Video output of the 2600RGB.

Enduro using the S-Video output of the 2600RGB.

Color test, using the S-Video output of the 2600RGB.

Color test, using the S-Video output of the 2600RGB.

The color palette, using the S-Video output of the 2600RGB.

The color palette, using the S-Video output of the 2600RGB.

Pitfall, using the S-Video output of the 2600RGB.

Pitfall, using the S-Video output of the 2600RGB.

River Raid, using the S-Video output of the 2600RGB.

River Raid, using the S-Video output of the 2600RGB.

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.

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Vinicius

Skooter voce se lembra se o seu deu as jail bars verticais tambem na saida RGB, o meu deu e minha fonte original polyvox sai 14v e tenho uma modular generica que sai 9.8v nas duas as barras aparecem.

Vinicius

Skooter se não for pedir muito, poderia verificar quanto sai da fonte original que você comprou, se sai 9v certinho? Se for o caso terei que comprar uma fonte daquela. Thank you.

Vinicius

No artigo está fonte é a que veio no atari. E aquelas novas que você comprou, deu diferença em v?

Vinicius

Quando comprei o atari, o capacitor grandão estava estourado, aí aproveitei e troquei tudo e fiz transcodificação para NTSC. Coloquei o mod 2600rgb, neste momento notei as jail bars verticais, estou usando o ossc. My, coloquei por fora uma caixinha com as conexões, notei que quando coloco um fio mais curto entre a caixinha e a placa as jailbars diminuem, mas não somem. O cabo usado é um de 16 vias 26awg blindado. Uma outra pergunta, a chavinha de mudança de cor B&W/Color ainda funciona no seu depois do mod rgb? O meu parou. Segue fotos do meu https://imgur.com/a/piJaBRq
No artigo vi que sua fonte original esta com 15.22v a minha esta dando 15.11v. Realmente eu acho que é a fonte dando problema, pois no mod 2600rgb o cara fala que precisa de 9v, e esta está passando, como você disse no artigo que depois da troca da fonte por uma nova original as jail bars sumiram.

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