Pleeeeease keep updating this thread dude!! I really miss mine!! My mum swapped mine for a 286 when I was little and I was heartbroken (obviously it passed when I unlocked the potential of the pc when I was older) but the nostalgia is STRONG!!
Hard to tell.
After scraping around a bit I think I can confidently say something deposited on the tracks and overloaded them.
Taking apart the rest of the hardware I found it dusty but in amazingly good order.
Next check, loading tapes and disks.
Plans for the farther future?
-Buy a nice hardware mod that interfaces the C64 with games loaded on SD cards.
It’s relatively cheap, connects on the parallel port and it’s seen by the 64 like a normal drive.
Loads like a fast disk or a cartridge according to the file type. Around 30€.
-Buy a converter that allows it to go to my HDMI monitor. Around 30€ but with no input lag.
I think i actually have some others around here with the same pins, I’ll take a look, ones that are a bit more traditional. iirc the 7800 was a paddle and a regular atari controller in one and may not actual work, because those damn paddles broke all the time. I’ll dig through the shed because i’m fairly certain I have others around that may be more useful for you.
So, I did find a 2600 controller that is missing the stick cover and has a severe lean to the right. There are repair kits, and while i’d happily send it along it’d probably costs more to ship than it would to buy a new one.
Luckily the Atari Flashback consoles use the same style controllers, hook ups and all, so that’s one option or something like this
a repair kit on amazon is $15 or that controller there is $15, so let me know, i’ll gladly just send what I have your way, but getting a new one might just be the way to go.