DC2N4-LC re-stocking

Due to additional demand, I’ve just submitted an order for the components to build 10 more DC2N4-LC devices.

DC2N4 Low Cost fully operational by Luigi Di Fraia
DC2N4 Low Cost fully operational

Stay tuned for the announcement once they are available to ship!

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An Ultimax cartridge dumped too

I finally found an Ultimax cartridge to test my C64 Cartridge Dumper with, so here’s a test I did with it:

Stay tuned for more!

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Chase H.Q. II dumped too

I prepared the material for dumping my cartridge version of “Chase H.Q. II” so here’s a video of the process:

Lua scripts are available on GitHub here.

Stay tuned for more!

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How to easily remove a cartridge from my C64 Cartridge Dumper with a pencil

Easier to do than to write 🙂

C64 Cartridge Dumper: removing a cartridge with a pencil by Luigi Di Fraia
C64 Cartridge Dumper: removing a cartridge with a pencil
C64 Cartridge Dumper: removing a cartridge with a pencil by Luigi Di Fraia
C64 Cartridge Dumper: removing a cartridge with a pencil
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Alternative build of my C64 Cartridge Dumper

I shall be testing mechanical properties of the right-angle connector too…

C64 Cartridge Dumper: build with right-angle connection by Luigi Di Fraia
C64 Cartridge Dumper: build with right-angle connection

Fully built devices are available at 16 GBP + shipping, which, once again, helps me with the cost of those cartridges I had to acquire for testing purposes.

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DIY kits available for my C=64 Cartridge Dumper

I decided to manufacture a new PCB for the C=64 Cartridge Dumper that is easier to hack further.
Those with soldering skills and interesting exotic cartridges would be ideal candidates to acquire a DIY kit and build their own.

Once assembled the device looks as per picture below.

C=64 Cartridge Dumper by Luigi Di Fraia
C=64 Cartridge Dumper

The price I suggest, which helps me with the cost of cartridges I already acquired and the ones I will be acquiring for research, is 12.00 GBP + shipping. It should be manageable as the British Pound is currently quite weak compared to e.g. the Euro.
Contact me if interested.

Everybody else: please wait until the rest of us gets a chance to test the hardware with a few more cartridge formats, making sure that it is either suitable or that it can be easily hacked to support such formats. At the moment Normal, Ultimax, AR VI, and Ocean are the only cartridges I’ve had access to and was able to test with.

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Dumping more research material

I received the cartridges I had bought for expanding the documentation of my C=64 Cartridge Dumper: “Navy Seals” and “Chase H.Q. II”.

New C=64 cartridges to be used for research by Luigi Di Fraia
New C=64 cartridges to be used for research

I then went for an end-to-end test, dumping Navy Seals:

Dumping my cartridge version of Navy Seals

Although it’s good to confirm that the dumping process is working as expected, I had ordered these two cartridges because I am mainly interested in the bank selection circuitry of both. In fact I have not been able to find schematics for either one.

Unfortunately I found out I need a security screwdriver in order to open Ocean cartridges, that I just ordered.

Stay tuned!

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