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#201 Gandor OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:06 PM

PM sent

Public invitation about Ultimate Cartridge.

Hello to all. :)

If any member need a Ultimate Cartridge, please feel free to contact me within p.m. I have arrange a last batch from these, and I need to complete the order of electronic parts.

This invitation is open till this Sunday.

 

Greetings Panos



#202 orpheuswaking OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 18, 2016 7:41 AM

Public invitation about Ultimate Cartridge.

Hello to all. :)

If any member need a Ultimate Cartridge, please feel free to contact me within p.m. I have arrange a last batch from these, and I need to complete the order of electronic parts.

This invitation is open till this Sunday.

 

Greetings Panos

 

If anyone is on the fence, this will likely be the last run that Panos does. It's well worth the money and a wonderful little cart. For those of you who want one this might be the last chance to get in on a professional run. 



#203 Stephen OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:35 AM

Public invitation about Ultimate Cartridge.

Hello to all. :)

If any member need a Ultimate Cartridge, please feel free to contact me within p.m. I have arrange a last batch from these, and I need to complete the order of electronic parts.

This invitation is open till this Sunday.

 

Greetings Panos

PM sent.



#204 pjbramley OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:10 PM

Are they still available?



#205 ultrasteve OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:11 PM

PM sent.



#206 orpheuswaking OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:16 PM

Are they still available?

Pm Panos, his post says available  until Sunday



#207 pjbramley OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 18, 2016 3:51 PM

Please put me down for one

#208 cncfreak OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 20, 2016 3:21 PM

I'll take one as well.



#209 Lil Alien OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:13 PM

Paid via PayPal!



#210 santosp OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:36 PM

Public invitation about Ultimate Cartridge.

Hello to all. :)

If any member need a Ultimate Cartridge, please feel free to contact me within p.m. I have arrange a last batch from these, and I need to complete the order of electronic parts.

This invitation is open till this Sunday.

 

Greetings Panos

 

End time of public invitation. Thanks all members who participated in this. :thumbsup:

As the last time, I hope someone else  to make some more carts for any remaining interested members.

I from my side, must to complete those preorders as to proceed with the Freezers construction.

 

Panos.


Edited by santosp, Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:37 PM.


#211 weirdocollector OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:22 AM

Hi Panos,

is the Ultimate Card usable on a 130xe?

If yes, should the smily face sticker look upwards when the card is inserted?

Thanks a lot.

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#212 orpheuswaking OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:22 AM

Hi Panos,

is the Ultimate Card usable on a 130xe?

If yes, should the smily face sticker look upwards when the card is inserted?

Thanks a lot.

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It works perfectly on the 130XE and the sticker should absolutely be facing upward toward you. If you put it in backward you will bork your cart. 



#213 _The Doctor__ OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:49 AM

I thought the cartridge casing prevented accidental reverse insertion...it doesn't? the time honored cart format always had a couple slits in the front bottom or the front side had the bottom lip removed to prevent being inserted backwards! goes down in when faced proper and does not go in when faced backwards... when did this get forgotten?


Edited by _The Doctor__, Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:52 AM.


#214 electrotrains OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 21, 2016 12:09 PM

I thought the cartridge casing prevented accidental reverse insertion...it doesn't? the time honored cart format always had a couple slits in the front bottom or the front side had the bottom lip removed to prevent being inserted backwards! goes down in when faced proper and does not go in when faced backwards... when did this get forgotten?

 

It hasn't been forgotten.

The cartridge PCB is designed to fit in an old cartridge shell. It can, however, be used uncased too.

(see the first post in the thread, and the extensive discussion in the cartridge technical thread).



#215 flashjazzcat OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:03 PM

It can, however, be used uncased too.


Although not in a 600/800XL, whose cartridge doors spell instant short. :)

#216 electrotrains OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:36 PM

Although not in a 600/800XL, whose cartridge doors spell instant short. :)

True - Thanks for pointing that out.

There is a user guide, which includes this topic, available as a pdf on the github site. See:
https://github.com/r...ds/UltimateCart

Edited by electrotrains, Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:37 PM.


#217 orpheuswaking OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 21, 2016 3:02 PM

I think the key here is... Kill a XE cart to save your Ultimate ;-)



#218 santosp OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:26 PM

All the owners of mine constructions, have already receive an extensive report about this via p.m.'s. Also a funny smile sticker have placed on SD card socket, as a protection measure.

 

;)



#219 orpheuswaking OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:48 AM

All the owners of mine constructions, have already receive an extensive report about this via p.m.'s. Also a funny smile sticker have placed on SD card socket, as a protection measure.

 

;)

Although even with this the question still got asked which way up to have the sticker ;-)



#220 madhatter667 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:53 AM

I'm in. This is really cool. 

I've never done this before, so thank you for linking user resources. Looks like I have some homework to do. 



#221 walter_J64bit OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:46 AM

Has anyone asked Al if he can make an US run of this cart?


Edited by walter_J64bit, Wed Mar 23, 2016 4:47 AM.


#222 DrVenkman ONLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 23, 2016 7:08 AM

Has anyone asked Al if he can make an US run of this cart?

 

 

Or contacted Lotharek to mass produce them?  To his great credit, Electrotrains made this as an open hardware design after all.



#223 morelenmir OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:58 PM

Although not in a 600/800XL, whose cartridge doors spell instant short. :)

 

Yep...  Its been known for some people to stick insulating, decorative DuctTape neatly on the edges of their XL cartridge slot to prevent this happening...  So I understand.



#224 flashjazzcat OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:59 PM

 

Yep...  Its been known for some people to stick insulating, decorative DuctTape neatly on the edges of their XL cartridge slot to prevent this happening...  So I understand.

 

Ah... so that's what that was for. :)



#225 morelenmir OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 23, 2016 1:24 PM

 

Ah... so that's what that was for. :)

 

That and to accompany my endless (it felt like!) struggles with my 'TheCart!' flash upgrade.  I acquired a full box of that 'Galaxy' themed tape that was left over after my wife made a 'Duct-tape double' for her dressmaking.  Kate Bush once had a song called 'Suspended In Gaffa' which conveys much of the process.

 

 

 

Or contacted Lotharek to mass produce them?  To his great credit, Electrotrains made this as an open hardware design after all.

 

Or even make them yourself!  The PCB schematic CAD files are all available and I've learned its fairly trivial to have even small quantities made these days as off-cuts from larger production houses.  I fully intended to do this for my own uses, but was suffering a crisis of faith at the time and backed out.  I still have a handful of circuit boards though and have thought I might give this a bash again now I've got more experience in SMD soldering.

 

It is a very clear, clean design and I don't think any of the spares are smaller than 0805 with plenty of room around them for tack and reflow.  The big CPLD is the toughest part as it has a large ground pad completely hidden underneath, so you have to use solder paste and either a careful hot-air setup or an even carefull'er toaster oven for a few minutes to get a good joint.  The rest can be done via drag-soldering - even the legs on the CPLD are not all that bad once you are 100% sure you've got it properly registered against its pads, which you have to do before setting the groundpad anyway.

 

I have another assembly project on at the moment, but after that I think I will try and whip up my own UltimateCart.  What really makes or breaks the deal is if Farnell or better yet these days RS ever get the CPLD in to local stock.  Ordering from America is horrifically expensive in terms of pure delivery.  The spare unit itself is pretty cheap.







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