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    Does anyone know if RadioShack carries replacement 9-pin controller ports?

    I need a new one for an Atari 2600 I am trying to bring back to life. It wouldn't normally bother me, but unfortunately it is the player one port.
    I collect for: Odyssey2, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, ColecoVision, NES, SNES, N64, SMS, Genesis, Dreamcast, PSX, and TI-99/4A

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    http://best-electronics-ca.com/ carries the replacement part you need at a good price. Don't be scared off by their terrible website, they provide good service.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HurricaneAndrew View Post
    Does anyone know if RadioShack carries replacement 9-pin controller ports?

    I need a new one for an Atari 2600 I am trying to bring back to life. It wouldn't normally bother me, but unfortunately it is the player one port.
    My first inclination would be to buy a cheap, broken unit and switch the parts. Also, it should be noted that at the time there was no standard for which port had Player 1's controller; somes games used the left port for the first player, and some used the right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orion Pimpdaddy View Post
    My first inclination would be to buy a cheap, broken unit and switch the parts. Also, it should be noted that at the time there was no standard for which port had Player 1's controller; somes games used the left port for the first player, and some used the right.
    You do make a good point about the ports being inverted on some games, but I don't like the idea of buying a cheap broken unit just to rob parts off of. For the most part I try to fix the broken units, unless they are fried completely.

    I have four 2600s, but only one doesnt work. The only thing wrong with it is the controller port from what I can tell.

    I have learned that you need to be very careful when soldering the controller ports, because the pins on the port will melt. That's how I got into this mess to begin with.
    I collect for: Odyssey2, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, ColecoVision, NES, SNES, N64, SMS, Genesis, Dreamcast, PSX, and TI-99/4A

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    Radio Shak is a lot more limited these days than it used to be. You may be able to find bare components and have to build a port yourself with Radio Shak's current stock.

    A cheap broken unit is probably the best way to go.

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    As I recall, the 2600, like the Coleco and Genesis, uses a standard DB-9 connector. You can pick that up from just about any electronics supply store or website. Mouser, Digikey, All Electronics.... probably even Amazon.com if you like.

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