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#51
Re: VB Cart Programmer interest
Posted on: 7/2 8:15
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From my understanding, this is a way to Flash one of his boards with a ROM. His boards do not use batteries, so in a sense, this is an upgrade to the FB? The cable in the side most likely plugs into a computer's USB.
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#52
Re: VB Cart Programmer interest
Posted on: 7/2 12:35
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Yes, itís a slightly better design then Flashboy+ but still only one game at a time. The upside is you can dump games using it (but who honestly will ever need to use that feature) and also it will allow for larger games (if they get made in the future).

Heís hoping to eventually make a multicart but that would be later down the road. At this point itís just a really cool novelty item for the VB collector that wants everything (everyone else should just stick with a Flashboy+).

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#53
Re: VB Cart Programmer interest
Posted on: 7/2 17:09
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Quote:

Dreammary wrote:
Yes, itís a slightly better design then Flashboy+ but still only one game at a time. The upside is you can dump games using it (but who honestly will ever need to use that feature) and also it will allow for larger games (if they get made in the future).

Heís hoping to eventually make a multicart but that would be later down the road. At this point itís just a really cool novelty item for the VB collector that wants everything (everyone else should just stick with a Flashboy+).


Correct. At this point its a programmer for my 16Mbit and 128Mbit reprogrammable carts. A two part flashboy with an option of a larger cart. It can also dump and save RAM contents (save data) for those who have expressed interest. Yes, can dump the RAM as well. Works with any size RAM/ROM by setting a couple parameters. It recognizes my boards and chips sizes automatically and sets them up appropriately.

The USB cable is for connection back to the PC where a user menu is displayed on screen via a terminal program like RealTerm. ASCII menu that can do quite a few things that mimic a normal EEPROM/Flash programmer like ChipMax2.

More info here: http://www.mellottsvrpage.com/index.p ... boy-cartridge-programmer/

This is meant as a developer tool. Most VB users shouldn't need anything like this. I just got a bit carried away with the case to make it more interesting. Turns out I'll be using a form of the case in a new project so it was worth the time. :-)

Also correct that my boards don't need a battery for SRAM backup. They use an nvSRAM which has a unique approach to saving SRAM data upon power down as to not require a battery. Should outlast most of us.
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#54
Re: VB Cart Programmer interest
Posted on: 7/11 4:03
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First couple free developer units going out. :-)

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#55
Re: VB Cart Programmer interest
Posted on: 7/20 16:13
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Some labels for the reprogrammable carts going out with the programmers.

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#56
Re: VB Cart Programmer interest
Posted on: 7/20 22:31
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It looks good.
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#57
Re: VB Cart Programmer interest
Posted on: 7/21 21:18
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Thanks. The carts have NFC tags in them too that hold serial number and link to my programmer webpage. Fun stuff. Just playing around to see what can be done.
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#58
Re: VB Cart Programmer interest
Posted on: 7/23 18:05
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What a super awesome project!
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#59
Re: VB Cart Programmer interest
Posted on: 7/26 1:03
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I love how you used the little animated VB guy as the label on the carts, Kevin. He needs a cute mascot name now.
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#60
Re: VB Cart Programmer interest
Posted on: 8/3 5:48
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A few devs are getting some early test 256Mbit carts.

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