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Introduction

These cartridges often will freeze due to a poor connection to the mainboard. Opening it and removing excess dust will improve the connection, reducing the amount of freezing.

  1. Flip the cartridge over. Unscrew the single screw on the back. Carefully pry apart the casing.  There are six (6) tabs that need to be released, three (3) each side.  If you're not careful they will break. (experience has taught me)
    • Flip the cartridge over.

    • Unscrew the single screw on the back.

    • Carefully pry apart the casing. There are six (6) tabs that need to be released, three (3) each side. If you're not careful they will break. (experience has taught me)

    • Set aside any case parts after dissassembly.

  2. Unscrew the board casing, and remove it.
    • Unscrew the board casing, and remove it.

    • Use a compressed air can to blow off any excess dust off the board.

    • Use an alcohol-dabbed cloth to wipe down the gold-plated contacts of the board.

  3. Place the two contact protectors together. Place the spring on the knob in the cartridge. Place the spring on the knob in the cartridge.
    • Place the two contact protectors together.

    • Place the spring on the knob in the cartridge.

  4. Thread the spring into the connected plates. Push the plates into the cartridge against the pressure of the spring. Push the plates into the cartridge against the pressure of the spring.
    • Thread the spring into the connected plates.

    • Push the plates into the cartridge against the pressure of the spring.

  5. Place the chip in the case. It should "pop" into place. Screw the other side of the case on.
    • Place the chip in the case.

    • It should "pop" into place.

    • Screw the other side of the case on.

Conclusion

Be sure to test the game, and if freezing still occurs, check the contacts once again.

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I’m curious to see the Atari 2600 cartridge inside but I can’t get my hands on one.

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