Whats the point ?
Anyway, I felt I could do better, so I worked to build a fairly modern system out of an Atari, while keeping its, erm.. Atariness..
The above photos are the result :
So, if you want to try your hand at this - follow along !
Step 1: What you need, and some advice -
A ) An Atari 2600 has very little room inside.
B ) Patience is required.
So, once you collect your hardware, make certain to plan every step, measure every cut, and dry-fit every component before committing. Otherwise, it is likely your result may be less than satisfactory.
What is needed.
One or two donor Atari 2600 units, (Not a 2600jr -too small) preferably of the same vintage and design.
Assorted hand cutting tools, as well as rotary (Dremel) tools.
ITX form factor mainboard, preferably with a good integrated graphics solution, and HDMI output.
'Slim' optical drive
3.5in hard disk
External power supply
*1U compliant fans, heatsinks etc.
Internal USB bracket
Assorted momentary contact switches ( i'll go into more detail later)
Atari joysticks, paddles, USB cabling
Retrolink Sega Genesis cable
Source of donor plastic ( I used a cheap plastic three-ring binder I got at Walmart )
A donor PC keyboard
electronics breadboard. I used scraps I had in a drawer.
Wiring, solder, hot glue, rubber cement, super glue.
A pair of cheap donor USB optical mouses ( $8 each at Walmart )
Decocolor Orange paint pen
Small silicone rubber pads to use as standoffs (also from Walmart)
*1U compliance is very important, without it, this project will not work.
Lets begin !