Pal Installation Guide

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any damage done to your Atari. This mod is designed to permanently remove the RF output. The mod will work if performed correctly to a fully functioning Atari. Perform at your own risk.

PAL Installations

This mod is designed to work on PAL systems as well. The installation will vary slightly because the board layouts are different for PAL systems. But 98% of it is done exactly the same. Here I will post pictures of different PAL models and the variations from the NTSC guide. The thing to remember is that while the boards may look different, the components are often labeled the same. For example, you pick up the audio on a 6 switch system from C210. Now C210 might be in a different spot on the PAL board but it is still where you get the audio from. so your best bet is to follow the instructions and just recognize that the picture might look different. Anything that is different will be listed below.

Atari 7800

  • Remove the 3 resistors circled. The yellow wire should go to the right side of the R32 hole, that is the audio spot. If you want pokey sound you need to add your own wire and connect it to the right side of R33 (You can skip the audio section of the NTSC guide).


  • Then the blue, red, and black input wires go to the same exact spot that is on the guide on my website. The NTSC and PAL instructions are identical for everything else. Cut the 4 pins and remove the small board coming out of the RF modulator, that is where the remaining input wires go. Then just put in the RCA jacks and connect the 3 output wires to them like in the guide.


Atari 2600 Jr.

  • This is the same from what people have told me. There are a few really unique and rare PAL versions out there though. If you think you have one of those let me know using the contact form and I’ll see if I can help. Otherwise just follow the guide and look for the same labeled components as the NTSC version.


Atari 2600 4 Switch

  • Same thing here, just follow the instructions to remove the transistor. Again, it might be labeled Q201 or Q202 depending on your version. Audio is taken from bottom of R208 or C206 and pins 1,3,4 are the same. The picture on the right says to take out R22 and R209/C209. This person said it improved the brightness and picture quality so give it a try if you like.


Atari 2600 6 Switch

  • The 6 switch should be exactly the same. Just follow the NTSC guide. Below are pictures of where you pick up the audio. The board layout is different but the components are numbered the same. The hole next to C210 is where you get the audio from. Remove Q202, and the pins going into the RF modulator are exactly the same so follow the NTSC guide for everything else. Removing R213 also helps improve the picture for some people too so remove that as well if you have it.

Atari 2600 Switch Repair (Power and Reset/Select)

One of the things that can often go wrong with an Atari are the switches. This is often the case on the 4 and 6 switch models. There are two types of switches, the Toggle Slide Switch (Power, Color/BW, and A/B Difficulty) and the Momentary Switch (Reset and Select Switches). The difference between the two is that the toggle switches are more narrow and can work in either direction while the momentary is wider and is spring loaded. You have a number of different options for repairing/cleaning these. They will be listed below in the order that you should try them.

Here are some of the tools you tools you will need, it will vary depending on the method used:

  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Small Flathead Screwdriver
  • Soldering Iron and Solder
  • De-soldering tool (De-soldering Iron, Vacuum, Bulb, Braid)
  • Electronics Cleaner (Such as Radioshack Part #64-4345)
  • Q-tip
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Multimeter(Or any meter to test for continuity)

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Atari Paddle Repair (Cleaning Jittery Paddles)

Many paddle controllers are plagued by jittery movement. This guide will help you clean your existing paddles so they will work like new in most cases. For particularly stubborn paddles you might want to replace the internal potentiometer altogether, here is the guide for Atari Paddle Repair (Pot Replacement).

The tools needed are:

  • Screwdriver (philips)
  • Small flat screwdriver (Or something to pry up small tabs with)
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Old Toothbrush or Q-tips

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Atari Paddle Repair (Pot Replacement)

Tired of Atari Paddles that jitter? No problem, there a couple of easy ways you can go about fixing them yourself. The first is to clean the internal potentiometer. Here is the guide for Atari Paddle Repair (Cleaning Jittery Paddles). This will work for most paddles, but sometimes for particularly stubborn paddles you may want to replace the pot. There is a way to completely replace the internal pot with a brand new one from Radio Shack that costs $3. Here is the part you need. Of course it needs some modification to fit properly into the paddle casing. This guide will show you how to do that.

The tools needed are:

  • 1 Meg Linear Taper Pot – Radio Shack Part # 271-211
  • Screwdriver
  • Wire Cutters/Strippers
  • Rotary Tool with Various Bits for Cutting/Grinding
  • Soldering Iron and Solder
  • Tape Measure/Ruler
  • Glue

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