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ROM burners - anyone got recommendations?

By DrAzzy

7 years ago

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    #3 7 years ago

    I've read great things about this one, but it's kind of pricey ...



    #7 7 years ago

    How easy is something like the GQ-4x to use? For someone like me who has no experience with such devices, could I download the ROM files from IPDB and burn them fairly easily, or is there a steep learning curve?

    #9 7 years ago

    Thanks! Those are great step-by-step instructions. I think I may take the plunge and order a GQ-4x.

    6 months later
    #22 7 years ago
    Quoted from BillinIndiana:

    Where do you pick up the blank ROM's or do you erase and burn onto the originals?

    You can use the originals, but I'd recommend backing it up before you burn the new file to it. You can also pick up used blank EPROMS pretty cheap on eBay.

    FYI, since this thread, I purchased a GQ-4x that I've used many times now. It's a solid burner that I would highly recommend. It's fast, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive. What more can you ask for?

    5 months later
    #30 6 years ago
    Quoted from Kryzsky:

    The 27C2001 I used is a 2Mb chip but you're saying I need 4Mb ...

    There are few people who know more about burning pinball ROMs than John. If he says you're using the wrong size chip, you can pretty much accept it as fact.

    4 years later
    #75 2 years ago
    Quoted from phillymadison:

    Does anyone know if the GQ-4X can burn the RUNDMD clock MCU? It's a dsPIC33EP MCU.
    I would like to burn EPROMs for my machines and update my clock.

    I realize this question is seven months old, but the RUN-DMD clock uses a PIC chip. The GQ-4X cannot be used to program these. See this thread for more details ...


    1 year later
    #89 1 year ago
    Quoted from arolden:

    Are these still considered a good choice as a general purpose ROM burner? I am mainly looking to update display, sound and game ROMs on 80s, 90s and 00s games.

    If JJ recommends it, then I'm assuming it's a decent burner. It's definitely priced right.

    #92 1 year ago
    Quoted from RatShack:

    Stay away from anything that's a Willem-based design. You're asking for problems.

    Quoted from RatShack:

    GQ-4X seems to be popular choice as well.

    I'm confused. Isn't the GQ-4X a "Willem-based design"?

    #96 1 year ago
    Quoted from comment23:

    Any issues with using different revisions / manufacturers of EPROMs? Especially ones from ebay?

    I buy all my EPROMs from eBay (mostly used ones that have been erased and tested). As long as you deal with a reputable seller with good feedback, you should be fine.

    4 weeks later
    #115 1 year ago
    Quoted from snakesnsparklers:

    My GQ4X worked reliably on Win7, and now I have another computer with Win10 which it also works well with.


    #119 1 year ago
    Quoted from spiroagnew:

    Took the plunge. Got the GQ-4X bundled with eraser.
    Where should I begin the search for a couple spare EPROMs to experiment with? Mainly working with classic Bally/Stern, Sys11 and WPC.

    I buy all mine on eBay. Just make sure you buy from a reputable seller with good feedback.

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