I've been working on an updated design of Karri's programmer board, the first batch is ready to be sent out to a select few people. I've discussed making more of these with Karri and he's given me the go-ahead. So I want to gauge the level of interest before I place my order for parts and PCBs.
This version is a "Pi Hat" design. It slots in on top of a Raspberry Pi 2 GPIO connector and has standoffs to secure it in place. The board uses a proper Lynx cartridge connector, not pogo pins. In addition there are a couple of indicator LEDs to show read/write status (software hasn't been updated to make use of these, but that's the next step).
The board is compatible with Karri's blank carts (read/write) and it can read other carts (
except for Luchs Soft carts but that is a software issue most likely this has been fixed now - 12/Mar/2018). You can purchase a set of 10x blank cart boards from Karri here - http://www.whitelynx...=0&sort=normal.Note that you will need cart shells to make use of these, Karri has a limited supply of those but we are working on a more permanent solution.
Cost will be the same as Karri's board - 50EUR + shipping.
The board will come pre-assembled with 2x 11mm standoffs and 4x 2.5M screws to secure it to the Raspberry Pi.
Software to read/write carts is from here (I'll be updating it in the next few weeks to make use of LEDs and hopefully fixing it to read all cart types): https://bitbucket.or...art/programmer/
If you're interested in getting one, leave a comment in this thread and if enough people express interest I will make the next batch. There will be some changes - black PCB and cart connector will be recessed back a little to align to the PCB better.
Requirements (updated 17/Mar/2019): You need a Raspberry Pi 2 (or later with a 40 pin GPIO header). This board plugs into the Raspberry Pi, you can't use it stand-alone. It is also expected that you know your way around Linux and can change and compile code if necessary (mostly C, but some shell scripts too). There is no point-and-click interface. All software is in the form of Linux commands. Please make sure you will be able to make use of this board before purchase, hand-holding for basic Linux commands or coding should not be be expected!
Pre-final boards (as pictured, blue PCB, total of 7 made):
- necrocia (with pogo pin connector)
- karri - sent 18/Mar/2018
- enthusi - sent 14/Mar/2018
- edu - sent 19/Mar/2018
- vince - sent 18/Mar/2018
Pre-order (production) boards:
- Juan José Torres
- Marc Oberhäuser
Edited by necrocia, Today, 2:06 AM.