ROM Cartridges. Lifespan, and other tidbits
swiftgriggs at gmail.com
Tue Apr 19 09:53:47 CDT 2016
Well, after discussing all things that can go wrong with a floppy disk to
corrupt or destroy it, it makes me wonder about another vintage media
format: the cart.
How long will they last?
Why does blowing on them help? (mosture? cleaning action?)
Are some better than others in terms of longevity?
Can they be refurbished ?
Remember when folks would publish apps on carts to enhance the copy
Remember the ones like Starfox for the SNES that had coprocessors embedded
on them? Those were neat.
Seen the crazy prices for rare Neo Geo carts? $400 bucks for "Twinkle Star
Sprites" ? Sure!
I have some 90's consoles in my collection and I fondly remember a few
systems that took carts that family and friends owned back in the 80's and
90's. I thought the Colecovision Adam was awesome. My cousin had one and I
was so jealous. The C64, 80's 8bit Atari PCs, the IBM PC Jr, and others all
had cartridge ports, too.
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