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Romhacking => ROM Hacking Discussion => Topic started by: SaintJames on November 05, 2013, 05:01:41 pm

Title: Bay mount cartridge readers?
Post by: SaintJames on November 05, 2013, 05:01:41 pm
I'm building a PC at the moment, and I was curious if anyone knew of any bay mount devices that are able to read either NES or SNES cartridges? A Google search didn't turn up much, but I thought I would ask here in the off chance that such a device does actually exist. I just got my Case Labs STH10, and with all of the bay mount options I couldn't help but hold an NES cartridge up to the front panel and think, "This should go here." Maybe there's a chance that I could make one if one doesn't already exist?

Thanks,

James
Title: Re: Bay mount cartridge readers?
Post by: Gideon Zhi on November 05, 2013, 05:58:13 pm
I'm personally aware of a USB reader, but no bay mounts, no. Sorry. Anyone else?
Title: Re: Bay mount cartridge readers?
Post by: FAST6191 on November 06, 2013, 06:56:12 am
Dumpers are one thing, I can not say I have ever seen any PC based live readers for NES carts*. Do you truly envisage dumping enough NES carts for it to matter?

Personally I would probably look at making one using one of the existing bits of kit, there are quite a few generic bay mounts you could probably adapt.

*that said there have been some things using the arduino ( http://forums.nesdev.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=9347 ) and other programmable chips. I guess if you dumped the ROM to some RAM and presented it as a USB drive (presumably along with the save) and otherwise sorted it so the save got back I guess you could have a kind of cart reader, I am not even going to consider forking an emulator and redirecting reads about the place. If I cared that much I imagine I would opt for the easier way of just dumping the save to the RAM presented as a flash drive and have the emulator load and save to that (mirroring it on the game cart of course) and having the ROM just be a file on my machine. I am even lazier than that though so I would more likely just have a means to grab and restore saves.
Title: Re: Bay mount cartridge readers?
Post by: jonwvsu on December 17, 2013, 02:39:55 pm
Its not bay-mount, but this looks neat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEeXaFFUGrU
Title: Re: Bay mount cartridge readers?
Post by: Jorpho on December 19, 2013, 11:37:26 pm
Someone designed a fancy PC case once that had a whole bunch of consoles stuffed inside.  I can't seem to find any good pictures of what he did with the cartridge ports, though.
http://web.archive.org/web/20021012164445/http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/supergeek/story/0,24330,3381725,00.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8SvMXkF6kM