April 08, 2013

Read Super Nintendo cartridge ROMs with Arduino

 If you find yourself in the position where you need to dump the contents of a Super Nintendo game cartridge ROM for some reason or another, the project by Arduino forum member "MichlK" may solve the problem. Using information freely available on the Internet, and some custom electronics - the resulting device can read the ROM and output this to the serial monitor for capture by a PC. The external circuitry is quite simple and could be constructed in a short period of time. 

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When making your own ROM reader as shown above, or experimenting in general - instead of using DIP-format 74HC595s, consider our Freetronics EXPAND: Expansion/Shift register modules. They contain the 74HC595 shift register on a small board with standard 0.1" spacing holes that are perfect for soldering header pins into for breadboard use, and a small "power on" LED. By doing this you have a robust vehicle to insert and remove easily without tools or the risk of bending the IC pins. This is only one of our large range of prototyping modules - check the full range today!

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