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Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day....
12/19/16 06:58 AM


> Wasn't sure where to post this...
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> I remember when I got a 2600 my parents would never allow me to connect it to the
> living room TV. They heard it would eventually damage the screen, causing permanent
> white horizontal lines to appear. Was that true and what caused it? I do remember
> seeing a few TVs back then that exhibited those lines and they did have 2600s
> connected. Supposedly, the problem was fixed in later revisions.

I wasn't alive during the VCS days but from what I know of the system, burn-in is likely. A lot of games had lots of static backgrounds, even with scrolling, and who knows how many hours kids (and their parents) would spend on these things.

It's nothing specific to the VCS though. Any static image on a CRT or plasma display for long periods of time will cause burn-in. I can also see how parents would use this as an excuse to get back the TV for sports and other things. I think most people only had one TV back then.

I'd love to see how families reacted to this thing. I'm sure it must've been an amazement, esp. for those that didn't have computers.







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* Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... vram74 12/18/16 08:50 PM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... R. Belmont  12/19/16 06:21 PM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... vram74  12/19/16 10:55 PM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... redk9258Moderator  12/20/16 05:26 AM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... vram74  12/21/16 07:20 AM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... redk9258Moderator  12/21/16 01:25 PM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... Traso  12/24/16 12:45 AM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... Traso  12/20/16 01:54 AM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... Envisaged0ne  12/19/16 11:21 AM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... anikom15  12/19/16 06:58 AM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... MooglyGuy  12/19/16 11:37 AM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... DMala  12/21/16 06:11 AM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... anikom15  12/19/16 07:22 PM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... redk9258Moderator  12/19/16 01:00 PM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... Kitsune Sniper  12/20/16 06:03 AM
. * it was our parents who damaged us.. grog  12/19/16 03:40 AM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... CiroConsentino  12/19/16 12:42 AM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... BIOS-D  12/18/16 09:18 PM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... vram74  12/18/16 11:43 PM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... BIOS-D  12/19/16 01:31 PM
. * I figured it was BS vram74  12/19/16 04:43 PM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... Vas Crabb  12/19/16 08:40 AM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... Nightvoice  12/18/16 09:03 PM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... Gatinho  12/18/16 09:43 PM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... Nightvoice  12/19/16 04:02 AM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... DMala  12/21/16 06:17 AM
. * Re: Atari 2600's damaging TV's back in the day.... anikom15  12/19/16 07:30 AM

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