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    Default The BackBit Cartridge - A New Way to Enjoy Your Commodore 64

    I recently purchased one of these devices and felt compelled to write a review of the product. For those of you interested in the cartridge (or those of you who have no idea what it's even about), you can read my review here:

    https://enragedgeeks.blogspot.com/20...us-x-none.html

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    Bottom line, to save some time: $90 multi cart.

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    $79 without a case. See https://store.backbit.io/

    Truly,
    Robert Bernardo
    Fresno Commodore User Group - http://www.dickestel.com/fcug.htm
    April 25-26 Commodore Los Angeles Super Show - http://www.portcommodore.com/class

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    It's not a multi-cart.. It does handle cart files, but it also handles .prg / .tap / .d64 /.d71 /.d82 etc. Has support for multi-level directories and some other features.
    Last edited by WimWalther; January 22nd, 2020 at 11:32 PM.
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    If I'm reading this all correct other similar options are a Warpspeed cart or clone and JiffyDOS roms. Something along those lines are mandatory when using a c64. Loading stuff from disk (or presumably a disk emulator, if it strives to be so God awful authentic) is just excruciating.

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    Pardon me, but..

    When I was a kid, all we had were 1541 drives - and they were SLOW - and we LIKED it!
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    The BackBit cart isn't a fast loader per se. Among other things, it virtualizes one or more floppy drives and 'tricks' the 64 into loading from those. During load, you see the standard loading messages on screen but the device no. is BB instead of 8-11 in certain cases.

    Since the load happens at DMA swap speeds, it's very snappy. I've only played with mine a bit, a full review will be posted soon.
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    We cloned Warpspeed cartridges at work. I never even tried JiffyDOS, though I did obtain an Epyx Fastload cart years after I stopped caring. The guys in calibration rigged up JD so it could be disabled with switches, and just boot normal or with warp/fl. They had a file cabinet filled with disks you could sign out. All sorts of utilities for lifting copy protection, etc. Quite an ecclectic collection of rot scarfed from bbs's. Unusual European games.

    I'm trying to recall. They gave me the etched bare board and presumably the roms (eproms). I remember soldering it all together. But that was after I left that job. I just seem to remember using something before the clone. O my whatever.
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    "Unusual European Games"

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