Classic Console Modification Services

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Odyssey2Odyssey2For those of us that love playing old classic consoles, but have moved on to newer monitors and TV's with video inputs, this site is for you: http://www.vikingvideogames.com. They offer modification services for most older consoles (in addition to other services). A few people on a ColecoVision forum I frequent have upgraded their CV consoles and say the work and results are very good. I am saving my nickels so I can upgrade my CV console in the near future. Check them out and if you use their services, let us know the results.

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Bill Loguidice
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Congrats on being the first

Congrats on being the first user blog post updated to the front page. I only made a few edits for consistency with our standard format and added an image.

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Atari 2600 Video Upgrade Issues

I remember a while back reading about some of the S-VIDEO upgrades for Atari 2600 systems, how some didn't get the colors quite right and what have you. I'd be curious what type of modifications many of these are for the various systems and if you get a pure output or not. In any case, this is a great idea!

I obviously have tons of systems, but save for the ones with the hard-wired switchboxes, I just use these in place of the typical RF switchbox output. In most cases it has super low interference and obviously requires no modification. With that said, there's certainly something tantalizing about a more permanent solution, particularly on a second machine.

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dragon57
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Contact them and see..

Bill,
Maybe you should contact them to see if they would perform an upgrade for you at reduced cost or for free in return for an official review and mention on AA! Or, perhaps you could try talking to them to see if they would tell you what they actually do and how good the results are.

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I'd love to, but I don't

I'd love to, but I don't have the time, unfortunately. I already have review commitments that I have to get out of the way. If only there were more time...

Are you thinking of having some work done by them? If so, perhaps you'd be interested in covering it on behalf of AA?

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Yes, I am thinking of

Yes, I am thinking of sending them one of my Coleco units. If you have a list of common things you normally try to cover for review, feel free to email the specifics to me.

Bill Loguidice
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No specifics, but certainly

No specifics, but certainly various before and after comparisons would be great, particularly of running games and what-not. Whatever you think. If you do it, great, if not, no big deal. It would be nice though.

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Hmmm... Doesn't the crappy

Hmmm... Doesn't the crappy video go along with that authentic classic gaming experience? If you upgrade the video quality to near spotless svideo of RGB, you could as well be playing an emulator ;)

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Indeed you are correct.

Indeed you are correct. However that is why I will only get one of my two ColecoVision consoles modified. When I want the crappy video (and that is the one big problem the Coleco always had), I will pull out my unmodified console! I so look forward to playing Lady Bug on a clear screen.

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The ColecoVision was bad

The ColecoVision was bad with the RF interference, but the Adam was even worse. Putting a single loop in the RF cable helps, as does that adapter instead of a switchbox. I'll be very curious to hear how things go with an actual mod.

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Mark Vergeer
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it's a good way to be able to connect more consoles to a telly

I reckon it's a good way to be able to connect more consoles to a telly using a standard switch box or AV receiver.

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