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MonsterROMinator... a ROMinator for Levco Monster Macs

bdurbrow

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OK, so as I've mentioned before, I've got a 128K Mac that's been upgraded with a Levco Monster Mac card... which means that the standard ROMinator won't physically fit; as the ROM sockets are under the Monster Mac card.

So, what I've done is cook up a new board layout that moves the flash chips up a ways to a spot where there is clearance. I'm hoping to get these off to manufacturing in time to start production on them on Monday (8/29/2016); and I'm posting the Gerber/Excellon files here so you folks can have a look it at it (and give any feedback you desire), if you are so inclined.

Note that I don't think this board layout will work on a Mac Plus; as I was under the impression that the ROM sockets were spaced slightly differently (as I only have a 128K + Monster Mac and an SE; that's all I can test with... and the SE, of course, is totally different).

:)

MonsterROMinator.zip

 

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olePigeon

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Oooo.  I'm interested in this!  I have a HyperDrive that I want to install, but it won't fit inside a Mac with a memory upgrade.  I wanted to have a 128K upgraded to 1MB with a HyperDrive. :)  So far this wasn't possible, but with your adapter, it just might be.

 

bdurbrow

Well-known member
By memory upgrade, you do mean a ROMinator, right? This does not upgrade the RAM, just the ROM (and adds a ROM boot disk). It's basically just a physical re-work of this: http://www.bigmessowires.com/mac-rom-inator/

Do you have any photos of the Logic Board + expansion card stack-up? My PCB layout puts the flash chips up next to the connector that goes to the Analog Board; as long as that space is clear, I think it would work.

If you have an OS X machine handy, you can grab a copy of Cuprum from the App Store (there is a free "community edition" version) to have a look at the Gerber files for the PCB; otherwise any standard Gerber viewer for Windows (like ViewMate) or Linux (Umm... I think gEDA does that? Or perhaps KiCad?) should be able to open them.

 

Cory5412

Daring Pioneer of the Future
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There's any number of reasons someone may not have responded six years ago, so I'd say it's safer not to presume. I don't see it yet so tagging @bdurbrow - when you have a moment to take a look.
 
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