All right, I finally went and did it. Damn them at pcbpool.com, it was every bit as easy as I remember to place the order, which is easy enough that I'm kicking myself for not having gone ahead and done it long ago. I really needed a mid-quantity run before switching over to China anyhow.
You wanna throw down a list of sizes of chips it supports as well as a list of what games it WONT run please. Also is there a ballpark price per unit I can get ready to pay if I become intrested in buying?
The games it won't run are 1) the ones that need RAM, 2) the ones that need a POKEY, and 3) the ones with weird bank switching like Activision. 144K games are supported by overburning into a 256K chip. It supports up to 512K bytes (27040), but for that you need a properly programmed 22V10 GAL, rather than a 20V8. If you're not doing bank switching, you can use a plain old 7402. A ballpark price is about $5.00.
No international shipping for you!
That was uncalled for. I'm doing this in spare time, with a real job and living alone. It was because of my experience in the early '90s doing shareware when few people had internet, or even AOL, and there was no such thing as PayPal. I was not happy having to deal with shipping out disks all the time.
But thinking back, I now realize that my REAL problem wasn't with international shipping, it was with international _payment_. I remember now how those #@%@#$! Canadian bank cheques would cost me more to clear them than they were written for. I learned way more than I needed to about how to identify a check that would clear the US banking system. Postal money orders weren't too bad, but still a pain. Hoo-frickin'-ray for PayPal. That and kagi.com would have been so much better for my sanity back then.
So I'll grow up a bit here, and just say I'd prefer not to have to ship international, but I'll be flexible if it's not too much of a problem.
EDIT: looks like CPUWIZ has a good solution for those who need a POKEY. If someone needs one with RAM, RAM + POKEY or BS + POKEY, then I'll dust off my full board, which was a pain to route, but it did eventually fit.
Edited by Bruce Tomlin, Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:20 PM.