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Firepower ROM Info and New Combo ROM!

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Note: We stock this, and other custom and unique ROM chips listed on our Rom Chip Information page. Click here for ordering information.

History:
Firepower (1980) was the only Level 6 game to use ALL SIX rom chip sockets on the MPU board. The lower three ROM chips (IC20, IC17, and IC14- left to right) were standard 16kb ROM chips, replaceable with common 2716 or 2516 EPROM chips.

The top 3 chips, however, were 3624 bipolar PROM chips, with a memory capacity of about 4kb. These chips were mass produced for the game's production and are long obsolete and no longer available. Nearly impossible to replace unless you're lucky enough to have some blank 3624 PROMs and the equipment to program them... not to mention, a valid copy of the hard-to-extract ROM image data.

Problem:
The problem with the bipolar PROM chips was that they were susceptible to heat. After a game was run for a certain amount of time (mostly games that were left on 24hrs/day), the bipolars would start to operate intermittently, often causing the game to halt or lock up. Operators were replacing these chips from the time the game was initially released.

Solution:
The solution to these problematic chips was to eliminate them, and combine all their memory, along with the game ROM (IC14) memory into one new chip at location IC14. To do this, a larger chip must be used at IC14, and consequently some modifications made to the circuit board in order for it to read all the memory in the newer, larger IC14 chip.

The benefit to this "combo ROM" is threefold:

  • Eliminate the problematic bipolar PROMs.
  • New ROM is a common replacement chip.
  • Less ROM chips used = less chance for future problems with chips/sockets.

    The only negative is that some slight modifications have to be made to the board, making it useable only in a Firepower game with this ROM chip. (The modifications are completely reversible, however, in case you want to return the board to it's original condition for use in another game.)

    Ordering:
    Cost for the Firepower Combo ROM Chip Kit is $40.00 + shipping. Kit includes detailed instructions on circuit board modifications and all necessary parts. All sales are final- no returns or exchanges on electronic parts or media.
    • Click here to order the Firepower IC14 Combo ROM Update Kit.
    • Click here for more information on ROM chip sales and ordering.
    NOTE: Circuit board modification and good electronics/soldering skills are required for using this product. If you don't have the necessary skills to modify your board for use with this combo chip, we may be able to do the work for you at an additional cost, provided you have a good/working board you can send in to us, and our shop time permitting- e-mail us for more info.

    DISCLAIMER: Modifications done to your board, and the use of the combo ROM chip are done so at your own risk. We are not responsible for any problems or damage to your board due to your work, the modification instructions, or from use of the combo ROM itself.

    NOTE: Please do not e-mail us asking for free copies of ROM images. We do not provide ROM images or documentation outside of the ROM chips and kits we sell.

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