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    Default Need help buying an Intellivision

    I'm looking at an Intellivision Model 1 for $25.00 but it does not have the RF out/antenna out/whatever that thing is...

    How easy will it be to find a replacement? Also, do they sell connectors that turn the antenna connector (two Y-shaped nodes) into a coax or AV out? I'm just curious how much money I will have to pour into the system to get it working after purchase.

    I don't have a TV that will support the old antenna-style of connection, nor do I have any knowledge of consoles from that era, so I am pleading stupidity here. Any help would be appreciated. The console comes with controllers and otherwise seems to be in great shape, so I am very tempted. I have a complete copy of Snafu that has been untested for all too long.

    At the same store, that also have a Goldstar 3DO for $60.00, but I would have no way of testing it as I don't have any 3DO games. They also have a 32X with all the cords for $30.00, but again, some problem with no way to test it.

    All these obscure systems are so tempting......Good deals? Should I splurge?
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    A 32X isn't worth $30 IMO, Not even close.

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    I sold my Intellivision 1 awhile back, but IIRC the RF cord is hard-wired into the system, ie a long RCA cable comes out of it which you then plug into either a manual RF switch or an RCA to coax adapter (preferred and shown below):



    Radioshack should have it cheap. As for the 3DO, $60 sounds a bit steep, especially for a Goldstar model. $30 for a 32X is reasonable IF it has ALL of the cables etc, I bought (and later sold) mine, CIB, for about that price.

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    you can get it to play on coax...easily done...like my neighbor said...hit radioshack up.

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    Places like Radio Shack might still have manual switchboxes for sale. Or you might check out the occasional 99 store and see if they have them. A store near me had a wall full of them years back. That store's sadly gone now.

    Really, for the best picture quality you should try for one of those RCA-to-Coaxial adapters. I use them with my old consoles and they work great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mario2butts View Post
    I sold my Intellivision 1 awhile back, but IIRC the RF cord is hard-wired into the system, ie a long RCA cable comes out of it which you then plug into either a manual RF switch or an RCA to coax adapter (preferred and shown below):



    Radioshack should have it cheap.
    Yup...the same thing I suggested in the 2600 thread earlier today. Radio Shack will sell is as an "F" adapter, or something along those lines.
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    The console I am looking at does not have the RF wired in, and is basically what is shown here:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Mattel-Intellivi...item20b0aef609

    (No video out of any kind included, but the power is hard-wired in)

    But I suppose it will be easy enough to find an RF out and get that adapter as well, maybe spending less than 10 bucks.
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    OK yeah sorry, it's been a awhile since I had my Intellivision... in any case there should be a female RCA jack on the back of the unit, so you would just need a male to male RCA cable and the F adapter. Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure I just rarely unplugged the RCA cable from the system, leading me to think it was hard wired. Sorry for my crappy memory

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