Composite modding another Atari

Sears Tele-Games Pinball Breakaway is a rebadged version of Atari’s Video Pinball (the home version), whose chip was also used in one of the variants of Epoch’s TV Block.

The RF modulator really needs an update for modern use, though.

As a refresher, the Pinball Breakaway is a woodgrain masterpiece powered by a single game-on-a-chip. As far as I know nobody has decapped it to confirm, but given its 1978 release it’s likely a microcontroller running an internal ROM of some sort. But that’s all locked in a chip, which is locked in a silver box.

We won’t bother with that because the RF modulator is out of the box. And the Pinball Breakaway is seemingly built for repairability; all the buttons not mounted to the PCB, the speaker, and the spinner all use detachable and color-coded connectors inside. Even the RF cable is internally detachable. The 1970’s really were a different world.

See what nicole.express traces to clean up the signal in the post here.


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