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Action Replay PC (ISA card): manual, box, disk, PCB scans

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    Action Replay PC (ISA card): manual, box, disk, PCB scans

    Hello, all.

    I recently picked up an Action Replay PC (ISA card), and scanned everything in the kit.
    I figure some people here will be interested, so please download & enjoy!

    Manual & disk...

    https://www.superfighter.com/temp/ARPC-manual.pdf
    https://www.superfighter.com/temp/ARPC-disk.jpg

    Box...

    https://www.superfighter.com/temp/ARPC-box-front.jpg
    https://www.superfighter.com/temp/ARPC-box-back.jpg

    PCB...

    https://www.superfighter.com/temp/ARPC-PCB-front.jpg
    https://www.superfighter.com/temp/ARPC-PCB-back.jpg


    I'll leave these on my webspace for a while (a few months), so people have ample time to snag 'em.
    Eventually the download links will disappear, however. But please, share these anywhere you like.
    Cruise by Diskman Presents: filled with geektastic classic gaming goodness!

    #2
    Thanks for the uploads, especially the English version of the manual (i own the German translation).

    Do you happen to have a copy of the disk somewhere?

    These binaries are useless without the card and were once freely distributed by Datel BBS, so i guess there is no copyright issue.

    Thank you very much.

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      #3
      Seconded request for software (and I'm extremely jealous, I've been looking for that for a while!)
      Offering a bounty for:
      - A working Sanyo MBC-775 or Logabax 1600
      - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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        #4
        Originally posted by DeathAdderSF View Post
        I'll leave these on my webspace for a while (a few months), so people have ample time to snag 'em.
        Eventually the download links will disappear, however. But please, share these anywhere you like.
        I have hosted the files at [here], in the Datel section.

        Within the PDF of the instruction manual, I performed OCR (which also de-skewed pages), and I added bookmarks.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Bavarese View Post
          Thanks for the uploads
          Sure, you're welcome.

          Originally posted by Bavarese View Post
          Do you happen to have a copy of the disk somewhere?
          Oh, yes, of course. Here it is...

          https://www.superfighter.com/temp/PC_AR13.ZIP

          A much newer version of the software is still available on the web archive of Datel's old site.
          However my card came with a self-reported v1.3, which I haven't seen archived anywhere.

          Originally posted by modem7 View Post
          I have hosted the files at [here], in the Datel section.
          Cool! Thanks.
          Cruise by Diskman Presents: filled with geektastic classic gaming goodness!

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            #6
            Originally posted by DeathAdderSF View Post
            Hello, all.

            I recently picked up an Action Replay PC (ISA card), and scanned everything in the kit.
            I figure some people here will be interested, so please download & enjoy!

            Manual & disk...

            https://www.superfighter.com/temp/ARPC-manual.pdf
            https://www.superfighter.com/temp/ARPC-disk.jpg

            Box...

            https://www.superfighter.com/temp/ARPC-box-front.jpg
            https://www.superfighter.com/temp/ARPC-box-back.jpg

            PCB...

            https://www.superfighter.com/temp/ARPC-PCB-front.jpg
            https://www.superfighter.com/temp/ARPC-PCB-back.jpg


            I'll leave these on my webspace for a while (a few months), so people have ample time to snag 'em.
            Eventually the download links will disappear, however. But please, share these anywhere you like.
            Can I ask where you got it? I have been looking for a replacement paddle wheel (Cable and button) for years now. Thanks.

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              #7
              Originally posted by retprof View Post
              Can I ask where you got it?
              On eBay.

              BTW: Sorry for my late reply, I hadn't revisited this thread until today.
              Cruise by Diskman Presents: filled with geektastic classic gaming goodness!

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                #8
                I lent my Action Replay PC to Clint Basinger (aka "LGR") and he did up a real nice video about it...

                https://youtu.be/usaioMbE8EQ

                As well, he kindly uploaded all my scans to archive.org...

                https://archive.org/details/PCactionreplay1993

                So I'll be removing them from my webspace soon.
                Cruise by Diskman Presents: filled with geektastic classic gaming goodness!

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                  #9
                  Yeah, as soon as I saw that, I said "Oh, he's got Brandon's Action Replay".

                  Seeing it in action, it's function is nearly identical to a Periscope board: Has some RAM to hold the debugging software, and hooks NMI so that a button press can activate the software no matter the running state of the computer. The only major difference between them is the software.
                  Offering a bounty for:
                  - A working Sanyo MBC-775 or Logabax 1600
                  - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Trixter View Post
                    Seeing it in action, it's function is nearly identical to a Periscope board: Has some RAM to hold the debugging software, and hooks NMI so that a button press can activate the software no matter the running state of the computer. The only major difference between them is the software.
                    Yeah, I remember ads from old issues of "Dr. Dobbs' Journal" and similar magazines advertising similar NMI cards for use with debuggers like SoftICE. It looks like it'd be a really handy tool for software debugging, probably a much better use for it than game cracking.
                    My Retro-computing YouTube Channel (updates... eventually?): Paleozoic PCs Also: Blogspot

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                      #11
                      Hello everyone! I'm now borrowing DeathAdderSF's Action Replay PC as part of my reverse engineering project. I've documented the pinout of the control paddle, and I'm working on dumping the firmware and replicating the PCB schematic (and eventually, the configuration of the PALs)

                      I'm keeping a page updated with my findings on my wiki.

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                        #12
                        Very cool. I'm pretty sure it hooks NMI, but would love to be proven wrong.

                        If a clone/copy ever comes up, it should be very easy to just switch out the software for something like INSIGHT or similar, assuming it fits in the RAM on the card, so that the card can be used as a hardware debugger like the Periscope boards.
                        Offering a bounty for:
                        - A working Sanyo MBC-775 or Logabax 1600
                        - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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