Re: [stella] Cartridge dumper

Subject: Re: [stella] Cartridge dumper
From: "Jim and Laura Croniger" <croni@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 07:04:11 -0500
Hi Adam,
I'd love to get a dumper.  Do you have any definite plans on making them


----- Original Message -----
From: "Adam Wozniak" <adam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <stella@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2003 2:44 AM
Subject: [stella] Cartridge dumper

> So I'm working on a 2600 cartridge dumper.  It's a little Scenix 8
> bit micro with a cart slot, a serial port, and a little reset button.
> Pop in a cart, hit reset, the data gets dumped out to the serial port.
> I've got lots of time on my hands (see .sig, I'm available for consulting
> work) so I decide I'm going to autodetect the bank switching scheme.
> No big deal, except now I need test carts for each of the bank switching
> schemes.
> So far I have a 2K (Freeway), a 4K (Reactor), and F8 (Raiders of the
> Lost Ark) and a DPC (Pitfall II).  Digging through my bag of goodies,
> I cannot find any carts of other bank switching schemes.  My collection
> is fairly small.  Can anyone name common carts of other schemes?  I hate
> to go down to the local cart seller with a long printout.
> Also, I think I've found some errors/ omissions in Kevin Horton's
> "sizes.txt" bank switching document.  For example, $1FF8 and $1FF9 do
> not seem to be the only hot spots on F8 carts; $1FF7 also seems to be
> active (and many others).  I don't think the hardware looks at the whole
> address bus to switch banks.  Where is the CommaVid documentation?
> Ditto for the DPC, although I think there's enough info in the patent
> if I dig through all the patentese.
> Also, would anyone be interested in buying a dumper like this?
> My biggest cost is the PC board fab, which could be brought down if I
> made a large order.
> --
> Will code for food.
> adam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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