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ROM burners - anyone got recommendations?

By DrAzzy

7 years ago

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    #5 7 years ago

    I also have a GQ-4x. For pins, it probably does everything you'll ever need. Make sure you also pick up a UV eraser. Mcumall gave me a $5 discount when I ordered a GQ-4x and eraser from them at the same time (I had to email and ask.)

    #8 7 years ago
    Quoted from gweempose:

    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?

    Here's the steps if you are reusing an EPROM. If I forget something someone will surely correct me.
    -Download the ROM code. Planetary Pinball has it for WMS stuff, Stern has DE and Sega. A lot of other stuff can be found at IPDB.
    -Look at the EPROM to see who is the manufacturer and what size it is.
    -Verify that the EPROM is the right size for the update. Check the file's size, see the readme.txt file in the update. Some updates require a larger EPROM.
    -In the programmer's software, select the type of EPROM you will be using (by manufacturer and size/model). It shows you how to insert it into the programmer.
    -I now read the old code off the EPROM before erasing it and save a copy of the old ROM just in case.
    -Erase the EPROM in a UV eraser. You may have to peel off the sticker to expose the window.
    -Put the EPROM back in the programmer, see if it is blank (blank check). If not, back to the eraser. Repeat, rinse hands, wipe hands on pants.
    -Next open the new ROM file you downloaded.
    -Program the EPROM (You can use auto mode, it programs then verifies the write).
    -Remove the EPROM, put it in the game (in the correct orientation), you are done.

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    #18 7 years ago
    Quoted from BillinIndiana:

    If you are in the pinball hobby do you think you should have one of these burners?

    It depends on how many games you go through and if you put a priority on having the latest code. I based my decision on a couple factors. One is how many games I've owned and probably will own in the future. I like to have updated code, so the programmer will probably pay for itself. The other factor is that I repair boards and games for others.

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