Experience with cartridge archival?

Tothwolf tothwolf at concentric.net
Wed Oct 18 19:05:46 CDT 2006


On Wed, 18 Oct 2006, Bryan Pope wrote:
> And thusly were the wise words spake by Jim Leonard
>
> > If anyone has any help or leads for him, or any experience archiving
> > ROMs/cartridges that may degrade over time and how to properly
> > preserve them, please drop him a line at "andrew.pacilli at simmons.edu".
> > Your input can shape an archivist's future :-)
>
> For Atari 2600, can you not just take a .bin downloaded from AtariAge
> and burn it to a suitable EPROM that is then installed on a suitable
> cartridge PCB?

You can in many cases, though sometimes an inverter like a 7404 is needed
in addition to the EPROM. I reprogrammed my own 2600 Q-Bert cartridge that
had its EPROM become unreliable from a .bin file and it still works fine.

-Toth



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