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A > ATARI  > Video Pinball (Model C-380)


This mini forum is intended to provide a simple means of discussion about the Atari  Video Pinball (Model C-380) videogame system. If you want to share your own experience or memories, or add relevant information about this system: post a message!

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Monday 24th January 2022

Haha... Key piece of info missing in the comments - after connecting it to the TV, you still need to set the TV to channel 3! Of course, you would also need an analog to digital converter for an HD TV - since those usually have .1, .2 etc. channel extensions, In not sure it would work, but I''d him it up, turn it on, and scan for signal. $cross fingers$

Sunday 31st December 2017
Tim Nevo

Search Amazon for a RCA to F-Type adapter. You can get either male or female. Also get a good coax cable if you don''t have one.

Sunday 31st December 2017
Margaret St. John (United States)

My Dad gave me our c-380 can anyone tell me the exact name of the adapter I need to plug it into my tv’s coax port?

Wednesday 12th September 2012

Thank you Bryan and John for your responses. I got the part. It converted the wire from the atari and to coaxial. It was a box. It was similar to a nintendo rf adapter except it has a switch. It still didnt work so I would have to troubleshoot it. Are there any common problem on the one with the plastic (not wood) shell to look out for?

Friday 13rd July 2012
John (US)

Yes Brian is right. Very counter intuitive. It is putting out an antenna signal on an RCA jack. Need RCA to "cable" adapter. No change in inductance or whatever. I believe I got one at Radio Shack.

Sunday 1st July 2012
Bryan  (US)

1. No, you can not use a yellow composite video to play this system. You must get an adapter that goes from your Atari (what looks like an RCA but is not) to your coax hook up on your TV. You coax is just your standard cable hook up. This is because both audio and video come through that come so it wont work hooked up to your RCA inputs.
2. $40-$70

Thursday 15th December 2011

does anyone know if you can use a yellow composite video on this system or what else do you use for video? I am trying to fix one as a school project.

Sunday 28th November 2010
Vincent Wiseman (nashville/usa)

I have a beige atari video pinball game model c-380 does anyone have an esitimated value for it. And it is working

Wednesday 6th October 2010
jesse (north carolina)

i got a video pinball game system that works and is like great condition

Tuesday 21st September 2010
Adam (dexter ny)

Not sure why the power plug ins never survived but I also have no plug..hmmm

Friday 12th March 2010
Adam V. (Westford, MA)
Adam''s Home Page of Old Stuff!

I recently picked up an Atari Video Pinball (beige version), and it''s an interesting piece of history$ basically, a bridge between the dedicated Pong-type consoles which had come before, and the cartridge-based systems which were soon to come. An added note: the Video Pinball console actually predates not just the Atari 2600 cartridge of the same name, but also the arcade game, which followed in 1978. Of course, the arcade version is far better graphically, but the console version is still fun.

Thursday 20th March 2008
Ellexis (Corpus Christi, TX)
Ellexis Lindsay

Hi! I purchased an Atari Video Pinball Model C-380 off of eBay to add to my Atari collection and need a power adapter for it. It still works great, even with the six C cell batteries!

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