Re: ROM 901225-01 and CBM-II series

From: Anders Carlsson (
Date: 2006-07-27 01:17:07

On Wed, 26 Jul 2006, B. Degnan wrote:

> The Word Result manual offers no explanation about how the cart works,
> but I know from experience that you can't start the program without the
> cart in the cart bay.

Interesting. I suppose it wouldn't start with another random B-series
cartridge? I also found a box of CBM-II cartridges mostly labeled
Golden Link. Maybe this is the modem hack you refer to?

Most of the other Handic releases (VIC-20 games etc) I have seen use
4K EPROMs. Could ready-made character ROMs be cheaper to obtain than
programming your own EPROMs for "dongle" use, if that is all it does?

The B-series were released during 1982, which also was the year for
Lotus 1-2-3. It is said that Handic Software took a big hit on the
US market trying to compete with Calc Result, eventually ending in
shutting down most of their software development division. I'm not
sure if Word Result came before or after Calc, but if they had blown
the budget after a fatal marketing flop in the US, maybe it makes
sense to use the cheapest available components when manufacturing
the software.

Who knows, maybe the floppies were recycled ones too? ;-)

Anders Carlsson

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