Re: [stella] Official Atari St 2600/7800 Dev Kit.

Subject: Re: [stella] Official Atari St 2600/7800 Dev Kit.
From: bwmott@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 22:40:02 -0500 (EST)
> The real question is does the dev kit contain the encryption algorithm for
> the 7800?  If it doesn't, then how does one go about actually testing
> their code on the 7800 in 7800 mode?  Is one forced to replace the
> internal rom in the 7800 or perhaps use a 7800 from europe?

The ROM in the 7800 development kit has a valid encryption signature in 
it. Therefore when the 7800 boots it sees a valid encryption signature and 
starts running the code on the development board.  This code allows 
you to download game code into the on board RAM and then execute and
debug the code.  So with this version of the development kit you can
use just about any 7800 system.  It seems that there was an earlier 
version of the development kit which required you to modify the 7800 
system before using it.


Bradford W. Mott (bwmott@xxxxxxx)          Computer Science Department           North Carolina State University

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