From: Ethan Dicks (ethan_dicks_at_yahoo.com)
Date: 2002-04-16 21:40:49
--- Nicolas Welte <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > email@example.com wrote: > > FYI, I face the same problem. But I have the advantage of a second working > > PET :) > > The same here :-) > > I'm going to make a replacement RAM/ROM card that plugs into the 6502 socket > of the original PET, and then all the ROMs and RAMs can be put in a safe > place. As a nice side effect, it will offer the full 32kB RAM, maybe > switchable to 4k, 8k and 16k configurations, as well as switchable ROM > versions. Cool. I look forward to it. > Is there any use for an option ROM socket for a combined 16 or 32kB option > EPROM? It depends. Personally, when I was using a PET every day, I depended on three option ROMs - PET Rabbit (tape accelerator), one of the many enhanced Machine Language Monitors (for line-at-a-time assembly/disassembly) and the Palo-Alto ICs (PAICS) BASIC Toolkit. I really did go out and *buy* firmware for my BASIC 2.0 PET. Still got the chips and the manuals and all. For a modern replacement RAM/ROM board, since I can burn my own EPROMs, I would be satisfied with being able to glom together the various firmware bits into a custom 32KB image for my own uses. So... it might be nice for convenience sake, but probably not worth the extra expense for a second ROM socket. A software tool to build 32KB images might be nice. Unix 'cat' works, providing you don't have to relocate any of the optional software (Remember doing that? What a pain). In short: if you added it, I would use it. I can also find work-arounds. -ethan ===== Visit "The Seventh Continent" http://penguincentral.com/penguincentral.html __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! Tax Center - online filing with TurboTax http://taxes.yahoo.com/ Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
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