I thought I'd check to see if anyone on the TI side has a ROMOX Charging station (Software Center).
I've been unable to find one.
And considering that there were a few in the markets, California and Canada, and that the charging station was used for several platforms, that someone kept a unit or two
They were used to move games to blank ECPC cartridges.
Please PM me if you have a charging station or know where one is.
The Software Center was an off-white
colored plastic cabinet and monitor
that looked alot like a computer. It
was approximately 18" wide by 6" high
with a color monitor approximately 12"
wide by 8" high. There were ten slots
on the front panel of the cabinet for
different types of computer cartridge
connectors and a membrane covered key
pad for typing in the catalog number
of the program to burn in to ECPC's
The user pressed any key to start the
Software Center, selected a program
from the screen or the Romox Catalog,
paid for the new program and a clerk
would activate the Software Center.
The machine would notify the user when
the new game was ready to go. That was
all there was to it.
Only 5 of the 10 slots in the Service
Center front panel were used, probably
because Romox already had the major
players in cartridge software business
covered, but they built the machine
for the possibility of new machines in
the future. I know the Spectravideo
SV-318 and the Coleco Adam both came
with a cartridge port and there might
have been a couple of others, but the
"big guns" were already on the panel.
Going from left to right while facing
the Service Center, the slots were
- Slot 1: TI-99/4A
- Slot 2: Commodore Vic 20
- Slot 3: Commodore 64
- Slot 4: Atari 2600 VCS
- Slot 5: Atari 400/800
TI-99/4A games housed in the Service
--------------------- --------- -----
DataBase Sort Utility^-Navarone^02155
Princess and the Frog^-Romox^^^^01025
Although the TI-99/4A was first in the
front panel slot position it occupied,
it was dead last in the number of
programs available to the ECPC owner.
As you can see a total of sixteen
programs were offered for the 99/4A
owner. Compare that to:
- Atari 2600 VCS : 49
- Atari (all others): 39
- Commodore Vic 20 : 51
- Commodore 64 : 26
- TI-99/4A : 16
As far as I can determine, the IUG was
the first to announce a product using
the Romox ECPC when they announced the
immediate availability of D-Station in
November 1983. The John Phillips game
was offered for $24.95 with promises
of an extensive library of other
programs to come, all available at a
reasonable $9.95. No other programs
were ever added to that "library"
Edited by Atari8bitCarts, Fri Feb 3, 2017 5:46 PM.