[vcf-midatlantic] Atari XE game system

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Wed Aug 19 14:09:05 EDT 2020

Well, I haven’t had many problems with Atari - yet. 
I have had a lot of problems with Sega Genesis cartridges and  Nintendo cartridges.

Cleaning is always a must with these cartridges anyway and I have used (last resort) CLR on a Q-tip to clean off any corrosion that may be on the Contacts.
 Be very careful Not to overuse it, it will take off the plating if left on too long.

The hardest part about using the pencil eraser is that there may not be enough room to get at the proper angle on the contacts.
 Then you need to take apart the cartridge.
My 3 cents

By the way, CRC makes a very good cleaner. (QD electric contact cleaner)
It is for electrical connections and is usually found in the automotive section of Lowe’s, Home Depot or even Harbor freight.
Ranging from six dollars to nine dollars a can it is a very good cleaner does not harm plastic and it takes all kinds of crud off of electrical circuit boards, contacts and wiring, it works very very well.
And is much cheaper than Chemtronics Electrosolve.

Add 1 more cent.
Mike R.

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> On Aug 19, 2020, at 1:09 PM, Ethan O'Toole via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> Oh man Atari 8bit stuff is cool AM I RIGHT friends!??!
>> Can anyone help me get this to boot correctly and play other games?
> On the carts... try using something like deoxit on a qtip to wipe the contacts on a cart. While it's wet with deoxit, insert and remove it from the cart slot. It might just be that it's not making good contact so the games aren't executing properly.
> A pencil eraser might clean the cart side. Rubbing alcohol on a qtip is another thing but dunno if that would leave a coating. Deoxit is my go-to. It's a tid bit expensive and use it around open air or a fan.
> I have never owned an XE game system, but maybe it doesn't have a ROM BASIC for when there is no game. If one game works that is a pretty good sign.
> I had a huge pile of carts from a thrift store haul maaany years ago and pretty much none of them worked until I cleaned all of the contacts.
> Note, original atari carts require the insertion of two screwdrivers or similar to open the door and access the circuit board. I would try not to open the carts since that harms the label.
>            - Ethan

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