… or a short story about how I’ve made a small batch of EF3s 😉
Some time ago, I’ve received new tools that will help with soldering high-quality products.
… to start some seeriuz workz!
Armed with the proper tools, I was able to start the new project.
It was quite a while ago (a year probably) but I am writing about it now – yeah I know, post lagging sucks.
It started when Bart030 sent me a link to an awesome cartridge project for C64 – EasyFlash by Skoe. I assure you, that is an excellent cartridge and I would like to thank the author for his work. I hope to meet him someday and thank him in person.
Here is a short description of what this cart does and how it can be used.
I’ve decided I’ll give it a go so I’ve ordered some PCBs and all the needed parts.
Below is a short photo story of an assembly process.
Here is a video that shows the process of CPLD programming.
It is simply done via a simple USB cable, however, the cart needs power and that is why it is connected to a C64 mainboard.
All TDO outputs matched … means that everything went fine … so far 😉
However, another part is a bit tricky and shows if it was ok.
Easyprog has to be loaded to C64 while a cart is plugged.
I usually use SD2IEC to get it loaded and once it loads, it performs a simple diag which sometimes outputs stuff like the below 😉
I usually sort it out by resoldering FLASH and RAM chips. Sometimes, some pins on a CPLD have a poor connection or are simply bridged. That rarely happens but after several drinks, it is very easy to miss such mistakes 😀
That is a time when a “System area” image can be loaded onto a cart.
Here is how this procedure looks.
Most likely I will do another round of these awesome carts.
PS. It is also an excellent tool to diagnose broken C64 boards if combined with a proper cart image 😉
PS2. Big thanks to Willy/Lamers for solving my problem with resistor networks 😉
PS3. You can get this cartridge here
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