Here's my attempt at a Universal Boot Cartridge for the N64.
Laugh as you may, it works.
You can insert the cartidge with whatever save you want in the slot and use
the switch to choose a boot chip to use. Currently it only supports CIC-6102
If you want to do this yourself, you should know that you can connect all of
the CICs together, they only need:
To switch between CICs you only need to deny ground (pin 13) to those that
shouldn't be active. If you just switch VCC (pin 16) the "inactive" ones still
mess up the operation of the others.
- pin 16 (VCC)
- 15 (goes to edge connector 18)
- 14 (goes to edge connector 43)
- 13 (ground)
- 11 (1.6 mHz, edge connector 19)
- 9 (cold reset, edge connector 20)
I also observed that you can change the CIC at any point during execution of
the game, and even reset it, the proper chip is only needed at initial power on
(which is why cold reset is suppiled, eh?) though one of the CICs must be
connected at all times.
All pinouts were figured out by Valery
A while ago the original (shown above) fell apart due to my miserable soldering
job. I recently rebuilt it from my GameShark, though.
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