Atari 2600 questions

From: Sam Ismail <>
Date: Thu Jun 12 11:01:25 1997

On Thu, 12 Jun 1997, Nick Challoner wrote:

> Hi all...
> I just picked up an Atari 2600 with 3 catridges but there's no power
> supply or joysticks. I'm not complaining though, as it only cost 5
> Pounds from from a charity shop here in London!
> So, the predictable question is what are the specs
> for the power supply? (i.e. voltage, current and polarity of what
> appears to be a 3.5" jack).

9volts, 500ma, although anything from 250ma will do.

> Also can i use the joysticks from a ZX Spectrum or TI-99/4A with it?
> If not, can anyone give me details of the pin-out so i can wire up my
> own?

The joysticks are simply on/off contact switches. You should be able to
find at least one of those even in the most remote corners of the world.

> PS I've been having a little surf trying to find this info, and in my
> travels came across a site that has a 2600 emulator for download on
> various platforms! It's at
> <>

You should also be able to find a site whereby you can order a joystick
from. There are probably a couple places in Europe.

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Received on Thu Jun 12 1997 - 11:01:25 BST

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