ROM Archive

From: Richard A. Cini, Jr. <>
Date: Thu Jun 26 18:09:58 1997

Sam and William:

        Here's what I think so far (which isn't much <g>):

        1. Record format: open (depending on software for EPROM programmer);
S-records, Intel Hex, binary.

        2. Submission & storage: UUEncoded image file e-mailed to "repository";
ROM/EPROM chips sent by snail mail and returned. All submissions should have
as much info about the source computer as possible (board revisions, date of
mnaufacture, etc.)

        3. Requests & withdrawls: by e-mail to those with programmers; by mail for
those supplying their own chips; e-mail request with no chip sent.

        4. Cost: nominal (cost of postage and EPROM).

        How does this sound so far??

Rich Cini/WUGNET
   - ClubWin Charter Member (6)
   - MCPS Windows 95/Networking

What format would these images be? S-records?

William Donzelli


Date: Wed, 25 Jun 1997 10:40:52 -0700 (PDT)
From: Sam Ismail <>
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On Wed, 25 Jun 1997, Richard A. Cini, Jr. wrote:

> As far as ROMs are concerned, maybe we can start a "ROM Archive"
> database/repository. Members with EPROM programmers could make copies of
> known-good ROMS from various machines at the request of other members.

Good idea. I think someone's thrown this out before. Anyone want to
volunteer to coordinate?

> As far as Copyright concerns, I don't think that there are any. First, many

> of our target companies are out of business. Second, we are not selling
> chips (and the software contained therein) in a commercial sense. Third,
> they're being used as a one-for-one replacement for defective firmware. I
> it like a diskette: I own Norton Utilities with a bad disk 1. My friend also

> owns Norton Utilities, and he makes me a copy of his disk 1. Both of us have

> valid software licenses because we both bought the program. It's like
> preservation of matter.

Let's put it this way: if you don't tell anyone, I won't.

Computer Historian, Programmer, Musician, Philosopher, Athlete, Writer,
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