sony HB F1 upgrade

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By LS120

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29-07-2019, 08:46

I have asked on a past post but no reply's have been forth coming. so i will as it here.. what rom's can i use in the sony HB F1 to replace the original. i want to remove the japan software that i wont use. also was there ever a pdf of the 512kb ram upgrade? as it was fo a xd? version and mine is a F1 standard.

thanks for any help.

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By gdx

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29-07-2019, 11:18

About the firmware I think you can use the same method as for the FS-A1 (by also removing the 16K of firmware 1).

http://www.msx.org/forum/msx-talk/hardware/panasonic-fs-a1-p...

By LS120

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29-07-2019, 12:20

thanks for the page link.. how do i re-do the rom i have no rom image to replace it with.

thanks

By gdx

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29-07-2019, 14:47

Replacement Rom:
https://mon-partage.fr/f/M81zl2Bz/
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1PCS-EEPROM-IC-WINBOND-DIP-28-W27C5...

USB Programmer that should be enough to do the job:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/High-Speed-TL866II-Plus-Programmer-...

Uses preferably a round IC Socket.

By LS120

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29-07-2019, 23:23

cool thanks i have the programmer already just got the file now need to check on eeprom i think i have some need to look.

By LS120

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29-07-2019, 23:53

just looked and only have M27c512 and M27c256 Eprom not EEprom.. are they ok?
if so i have about 10 of them

By gdx

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30-07-2019, 00:57

An EEprom is more easy to use but you can use the M27c512.
The M27c256 is too little.

By RetroTechie

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30-07-2019, 01:16

If you want to permanently remove the firmware & not ever change BIOS/BASIC/SUBROM then yes a 27C512 can hold those ROMs. But re-'burning' it would require an UV lamp with EPROM-suitable wavelength to erase the chip. If you want to permanently remove the firmware & maybe change BIOS/BASIC/SUBROM later on, then 64K*8 bit EEPROM is more convenient. A pair of 27C256 (or 27C256 + 27C128) could perhaps be used but I wouldn't bother.

If you want to make the firmware switchable, then easiest is to use a 2x bigger chip than original ROM (1 Mbit iirc?). That is: a 2 Mbit (256K*8 bit) flash EPROM. Or 27C020 UV EPROM if you're not interested in tweaking the ROMs. One half you fill with original 1 Mbit, other half with new version. Switch determines logic level on highest address pin = decides which half is used.

By gdx

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30-07-2019, 11:21

The firmware has no use. It would be a shame to modify the machine for it.

The method I give allows to easly restore the original Rom if needed.

I added a version with the X-Basic that should take the place of firmware 1. It will not be useful if you use Nextor.

By LS120

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31-07-2019, 08:07

the roms i have are blank and i have a uv-rom unit to wipe them as well Smile

By LS120

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13-08-2019, 05:41

ok so just opened up the HB-F1 and it looks like some one has been playing inside..
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