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ERROR FIXEDA set of paddles can be connected to the 2600 for games like pong etc
it is a rotary pot like a volume control. 2 paddles are on every connector.
each one has a single button as well, connected to 2 of the joystick direction lines.
Many faqs on the 2600 are incorrect because they dont have the following pins:

5. B Potentiometer Input
7. +5V
9. A Potentiometer Input

The paddles are the Atari CX30 paddle controller
Atari 400, 800, 1200XL, 600XL, 800XL, 65XE, 130XE and 800XE have the same connector and can use both single button joystick and the paddles.
Light pens use pin 6.

2009-05-14 10:01:05rev. 2CORRECTAPPROVED
2010-08-08 13:12:05rev. 2CORRECTAPPROVED
2011-01-09 13:29:43rev. 2CORRECTAPPROVED
2012-06-21 21:26:41rev. 2CORRECTThis pinout is complete.APPROVED
2013-03-25 01:40:14rev. 2CORRECTAPPROVED
2013-10-11 18:12:52rev. 2CORRECTAPPROVED
2015-01-11 21:30:42rev. 2CORRECTAPPROVED
2019-03-12 15:24:35rev. 2CORRECTPerfect APPROVED
2019-03-28 22:31:15rev. 2CORRECTAPPROVED
2021-12-16 22:22:09rev. 2CORRECTno errorsAPPROVED

History of users contributions

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2008-10-20 10:33:01rev. 2

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