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Hi everybody,

 

In a recent donation we received a ROMOX ECPC cartridge with Astro Chase burned on to it. Pretty neat!

 

Does anybody have an idea as to how many variants of these cartridges existed? I've seen stickers that have "REUSABLE CARTRIDGE" instead of "ECPC CARTRIDGE". Does anybody know which came first?

 

I've also seen different cartridge molds which came in black or white.

 

Any info would be great. Thanks.

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Is the E at the start for Ebola or some other catching disease?

 

Only say that as you seem to need surgical gloves to hold that cart ;)

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Our Collections Management Policy requires the usage of nitrile powder-free gloves when handling artifacts. The water, oil, salt, and other contaminants on your hands all ruin things faster over time.

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They were both for sale in the same packaging with the same date of 1983 on the package.

 

Does your site actually allow us to see items in the museum? I don't see a link on the home page.

Edited by Defender II

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I'd love to see the inside, to see what they used.

 

-Thom

 

These carts just snap together, so can be coaxed open. Even with the wrap-over label they can be (carefully) opened such that the label acts like a hinge. I figured this out when I had to fix a loose board in one of mine.

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For some strange reason Tim McGinnus's website is gone. He had a lot of info on these.

But this should help give you the idea of what they were. I have never seen the programming station, and I have no idea if anyone else has.

 

http://www.mainbyte.com/ti99/software/carts/romox.html

 

An ad for them:

http://books.google.com/books?id=xy8EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA5&lpg=PA5&dq=romox+ecpc+cartridges&source=bl&ots=0-uzrZaObT&sig=l3_BOpse9FVkhU0ydDZHiFqaU6g&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2fKFUJXODpOY9QTV_ICQDg&ved=0CFQQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=romox%20&f=false

 

I have one packaged. There have been a few on eBay with software on them. There are a few right now, with different programmable cases.

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Do they have to be opened to erase, or is there a gap where a UV light could squeeze through?

since these were consumer carts, I would assume that they were not meant to open and that maybe they were electronicly erased (EEPROM). Mine is packed and I'll try to get it out and check. The writing station was the focal point.

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I don't think EEProm existed back in 83. The TI article shows the guts and it's an Eprom, it's got the little window.

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They were, and did. I just thought since they had programming stations that I highly doubt that they had to crack them open, UV them, and reprogram. But it would be nice if someone has actual experience with the process and the programming station to chime in. Tim's website had all that detail and appears to be gone :(

 

To me the cart I have doesn't appear to have been designed to ever be opened.

 

Subsequent developments have addressed these shortcomings. PROM, invented in 1956, allowed users to program its contents exactly once by physically altering its structure with the application of high-voltage pulses. This addressed problems 1 and 2 above, since a company can simply order a large batch of fresh PROM chips and program them with the desired contents at its designers' convenience. The 1971 invention of EPROM essentially solved problem 3, since EPROM (unlike PROM) can be repeatedly reset to its unprogrammed state by exposure to strong ultraviolet light. EEPROM, invented in 1983, went a long way to solving problem 4, since an EEPROM can be programmed in-place if the containing device provides a means to receive the program contents from an external source

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Another found piece on EEPROM. Andrew Krieg and Bill Gaskill for the Romox ECPC information.

===============================================================================

= Romox EEPROM Cartridges =

= =

= In 1983, Romox released some games on EEPROM cartridges. Customers could =

= purchase a blank ECPC (Edge Connector Programmable Cartridge), and then =

= have a game of their choice burned into its EEPROM at a Romox Programming =

= Terminal. This is a list of titles exclusive the the ECPC system. =

===============================================================================

Manufacturer Catalog # Yr Title

--------------- --------- -- ------------------------------------

Romox 01283 83 Baja Buggies (by Gamestar)

Romox 01223 83 Bartender, The (by Liberty Software)

Romox 13023 83 Castles and Keys (by Romox)

Romox 04033 83 Crash Dive (by 20th Century Fox)

Romox 02234 83 Dancing Feats (by Softsync Inc.) [*]

Romox 11023 83 Flapper (by Romox)

Romox 01213 83 Hot Lips (by London Software)

Romox 01033 82 M*A*S*H (by 20th Century Fox)

Romox 03220 83 Mogul Maniac (by Amiga)

Romox 03213 83 Parallax (by London Software)

Romox 02033 82 Porky's (by 20th Century Fox)

Romox 03033 82 Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes (by 20th Century)

Romox 12023 83 Ripper (by Romox)

Romox 02213 83 Trion (by London Software)

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Well, this article answers a few questions (search it for Romox):

http://books.google....q=romox&f=false

 

As I read, their are two Romox cartridges; the ECPC and the Reusable Cartridge. The ECPC is write once it appears, a EPROM, but could be cracked opened and erased.

I have a Reprogrammable cartridge (EEPROM) (Blue), and have seen the black ECPC cartridges on eBay. I have yet to see anyone with the ROMOX Programming terminal?

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After searching, Romox had approx. 500 titles available for their ECPC cartridges. Most were existing titles (i.e. Missile command, etc), but a handful were specific titles just for the ROMOX ECPC program.

i.e. Porky's by Fox, and then some by Romox to promote the program; Ripper, Castle and Keys, etc.

 

Apparently you could almost anything on one of these carts :) Of course, as long as it was developed for a cart.

 

I have yet to find the actual programming stations.

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He is on Facebook, Twitter, Linekdin, Google+ etc

I tried him via linked in, no return response. I had provided a few of the titles I had, some listed on his former website. One that he had listed was his title, copyrighted and designed, yet it had someone else's credits on it. (Castle and Keys)

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