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Visual Problems ¶ 

Black Screen ¶ 

  • Check the power to the console. The red LED should be lit.
  • Check the visual connection from the console to the RF adapter, and from the RF adapter to the television. Coaxial cables can be finicky, try reseating them. If this fails, continue, and failing that, replace the RF adapter.
  • Check the cartridge. Try reseating it in the console. If this fails, check the cartridge guide.
  • Try replacing the power supply. These can go bad, providing insufficient power.
  • If all else fails, a motherboard replacement might be necessary.

Orange Screen ¶ 

Refer to black screen issues, but skip the Power step.

Controller Problems ¶ 

Doesn't Respond. Period. ¶ 

  • Check the connection to the console. If this fails, check this guide for information.

Start/Pause/Reset Buttons Don't Respond ¶ 

  • This can be due to a dirty/dislodged number pad. Check this guide for information.

Number Pad Doesn't Respond ¶ 

  • This can be due to a dirty/dislodged number pad. Check this guide for information.

Joystick Doesn't Respond ¶ 

  • This can be due to a detached joystick from the sensor. Check this guide for information.

Side Buttons Don't Respond ¶ 

  • This can be due to dirty/dislodged side buttons. Check this guide for information.

The Above Steps Don't Resolve My Controller Problem ¶ 

  • If the problem is not solved by fixing the buttons, the problem may be caused by the controller's flex board. Check this guide for information.

Power Problems ¶ 

The Atari 5200 Console Doesn't Turn On. ¶ 

  • This may be due to the power button. Check this guide for information.
  • It may also be due to the motherboard. Check this guide for information.

The Atari 5200 Light Is On, But The Game Doesn't Play ¶ 

  • This may be due to the game cartridge being dirty. Check this guide for information.
  • This may also be caused by no connection with the television you are using. Check to see if the console is hooked up to the television.

One Comment

Power supply is good board is good everything is cleaned some games show a black screen others a green one....... Nothing else, please help

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