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March 25th, 2007, 03:50 PM
Does anyone know where i can get chips for the 2600? I have two and both dont quite come up. Thanks Geo.

March 27th, 2007, 10:47 AM
they most likeley don't sell them anymore. hey, it was 1978.

just buy a 2600, and desolder the processors.

It is quite hard to do so actually. it is soldered on top of the board, and the back.

good luck.

March 27th, 2007, 12:22 PM
Does anyone know where i can get chips for the 2600? I have two and both dont quite come up.

Not sure what you're looking for.
"Don't quite come up" isn't a very descriptive symptom.

If you figure out which chips are bad, we might be able to suggest places to buy replacements.
But this site concentrates on vintage computers, so you might want to repost your question on AtariAge (http://atariage.com/forums/) where they do a lot more with Atari consoles.


March 27th, 2007, 03:12 PM
You'll be looking for a TIA, a 6532, & a 6507. I doubt you can find any of them by themselves easily.

March 27th, 2007, 10:48 PM
6532 are not so hard to find (I could supply a handful). 6507 probably is a bit more tricky. TIA is a custom Atari chip, so probably the fewest possible sources. In any case, a broken computer or video game often can be some smaller logic chip or discrete component, not necessarily one of the biggest IC's on the board. I'd assume someone has compiled a list of symptoms and reasons for the 2600, just like similar resources exist for other systems. But Andy is correct, AtariAge has a much greater Atari 2600 specific readership.

March 28th, 2007, 11:44 AM
bestelectronics has pretty much everything atari related you can get if it exists. HINT: get the catalog.

March 28th, 2007, 03:13 PM
Well I have a couple of 6507s and a Atari GTIA (CO14895) which, as far as i recall, were unused stock parts.

March 28th, 2007, 03:56 PM
Unicorn Electronics (http://www.unicornelectronics.com/IC/6500.html) still sells the 6507 and 6532 (although the 6507 is in short supply...)



March 28th, 2007, 04:19 PM
Eh, I guess the 6507 & 6532 are more readily available than I originallythought...but you won't be able to find a TIA easily.

(oh, & the GTIA /= TIA. Trust me, it's ALOT easier to program for the GTIA than it is the TIA! Hell, you have to know NTSC (or PAL, whatever floats your boat) UP & DOWN before you can do nearly ANYTHING on the TIA!)

March 28th, 2007, 06:32 PM
BTW, I have a 6532 as well :-)

March 29th, 2007, 12:24 AM
More importantly, TIA is the chip you'll find in a 2600. CTIA and GTIA are chips you'll find in Atari 8-bit computers. When it comes to CPU, isn't it possible to castrate a 6502 to work as a 6507?

Anyway, an alternative to locating spare parts for broken 2600's, you could locate a Flashback2 and hack it to take 2600 cartridges. Or just buy another 2600 if you wish.