Opening an Acornsoft View cartridge

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Opening an Acornsoft View cartridge

Post by Advance » Sun May 01, 2011 1:06 pm

Before I go blundering into this, has anyone got any tips for splitting one of these carts?
If it doesn't suit my purpose when "empty" I'd like to be able to restore it to original condition as far as possible.

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Post by MartinB » Sun May 01, 2011 1:24 pm

Had the same idea way back and I'm pretty sure that whilst I did get one open, inside there is just a black resin 'spider' blob (a la mass-produced electronic gadgets) and not a rom and socket :(

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Post by Advance » Sun May 01, 2011 1:33 pm

Thanks Martin, it's actually the case I wanted to re-use if it could be opened undamaged. Should have made that clear.

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Post by pstnotpd » Sun May 01, 2011 2:04 pm

I tried that years ago. I wanted to get out the rom to fit in a rombox om my electron.

In the one I opened the studs where molten together and indeed I got the "blob" as well. No screws so I couldn't get it back together properly.

What do you want to put in there? I got 2 of those switchable battey backed 8 SWR deals from the ebay. They work great, but won't fit into such a cartridge.

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Post by Advance » Sun May 01, 2011 2:34 pm

Great minds think alike.
I have one on order and it occurred to me that I could use a modified View cart to house it. I reckoned to make a cut-out on the front (roughly the label size) to allow access to the rom socket and the switches and thought I would also be able to use the board in my Electron RX.
Ah well, nothing lost other than a couple of quid on the cart off ebay.

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Post by pstnotpd » Sun May 01, 2011 5:49 pm

It is a bit bigger than a standard cartridge so you'd need special molding. That's probably the reason why it isn't done. I'm thinking about making some sort of casing from modelling plastic
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Post by Advance » Sun May 01, 2011 6:08 pm

See what you mean. Looks like it would be easier to start from scratch. Back to the drawing board then.

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Post by 1024MAK » Sun May 01, 2011 11:14 pm

Advance wrote:See what you mean. Looks like it would be easier to start from scratch. Back to the drawing board then.
Yep! You could cut up and use the drawing board (don't forget the glue) :!: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by Advance » Thu May 05, 2011 10:41 pm

@pstnotpd

My card arrived today and once I fitted it I realised there is really no room for a cartridge case to be fitted.

However, the spacer arrangement, which you can't see on the ebay listing, works really well and keeps the card very stable in the slot so I don't have any concerns now.

The card is a great bit of kit but I've just heard that no more will be made after this run has sold out.

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Post by pstnotpd » Fri May 06, 2011 9:52 am

I noticed. The only reason I'd like some sort of enclosure is to keep out the dust.

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Post by sirmorris » Fri May 06, 2011 10:06 am

Coming late to the party - but what's this cart??
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Re: Opening an Acornsoft View cartridge

Post by pstnotpd » Fri May 06, 2011 10:38 am

It's a battery backed sideways ram catridge which allows you to load 8 rom images. I've transferred the overview roms (as posted in another topic) to one of these.

I've seen a huge switchable rombox for the beeb on ebay a few times. You can compare it to that I suppose.

So in my config my 2 carts allow me to use the catridge rom slots as switchable sideways ram, giving me 20 potential locations.

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Re: Opening an Acornsoft View cartridge

Post by sirmorris » Fri May 06, 2011 10:55 am

Aaah - is this a new(ish) development or was it from BITD?

THanks!

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Re: Opening an Acornsoft View cartridge

Post by pstnotpd » Fri May 06, 2011 12:03 pm

The cartridge seems fairly recent, but apparently they will not produce them anymore.

The big rombox was from back in the day. Maybe Chris has a picture of it?

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Post by pstnotpd » Fri May 06, 2011 12:40 pm

It does look like it's an further development from this one.

http://acorn.chriswhy.co.uk/New4Old/ctorwy31_B128.html

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Post by Advance » Fri May 06, 2011 6:43 pm

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 0775603862
The above is an ended listing on ebay - they seem to sell quickly.

I bought my card directly from Steve Picton (ifelsales@tiscali.co.uk ) and am delighted with it. I have other bits of kit from him and I think they are terrific value.

Just to be clear, he probably still has a good supply of the ROM/RAM cards, but has no more components left to build new ones once the current stock has been bought up.

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Re: Opening an Acornsoft View cartridge

Post by station240 » Sat May 07, 2011 4:39 am

pstnotpd wrote:It does look like it's an further development from this one.

http://acorn.chriswhy.co.uk/New4Old/ctorwy31_B128.html
It is indeed, said if he could make a Master version of it I would buy one. Lets just say I had to keep my word. =D>

Anyone played with the rom filing system on it ?

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Post by jonb » Sun May 22, 2011 7:37 pm

Off topic (sorry) but I have to say I'm in awe of Steve Picton...

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Post by Advance » Sun May 22, 2011 7:47 pm

Yeah, I did ask him to join the forums as I think he would be a great asset to us but obviously I wasn't persuasive enough. I think his kits are top value for money and his support is superb.

Hugh

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