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(DIY) THE FINAL CARTRIDGE III+ FOR COMMODORE 64




This is a tested and working project.



This The Final Cartridge 3 Plus PCB is an Easy DIY project, all components are through hole and marked on the PCB, it is easy to solder, easy to make ;)



The Final Cartridge III was a popular extension cartridge which was created for the Commodore 64 and Commodore 128, it can be operated on the Expansion port of the C64 or the C128. It was developed in 1987 from the Dutch company RISKA B.V. Home & Personal Computers (based in: Rotterdam in the Netherlands). It provides over 60 new functions to the C64-user (e.g. BASIC-Extension, Fastloader and -saver for the 1541 with an acceleration factor of 10, Freezer, Monitor). Additionally there is a graphical user interface (Desktop) with windows (similar to GEM or Windows). From the hardware there is a Reset- and a Freezer-Function, allowing the program execution to be stopped to be resumed later.


Thanks to the original Producer: RISKA B.V. Home & Personal Computers (1987-1993)




You can download 256KB and 64KB EPROM images from this link.


https://archive.org/download/TFC3PLUSEPROM/TFC3PLUS_BINARIES2.zip




Related Links:


https://s-o.webnode.cz/vykopavky/c64/


https://rr.pokefinder.org/wiki/Final_Cartridge


https://www.c64-wiki.com/wiki/Final_Cartridge_3


https://www.c64-wiki.de/wiki/Final_Cartridge_3


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Final_Cartridge_III


English User Manual


https://rr.pokefinder.org/rrwiki/images/7/70/Final_Cartridge_III_english_Manual.pdf




In order to protect your electronical devices, always turn off your Commodore 64 before connecting or unconnecting any device.



Have Fun

Thank you.






COMPONENTS:


27C020 (27C2001) DIP32 or 27C512 for plain version

74LS273 DIP20

74LS163 DIP16

74LS133 DIP16

74LS04 DIP14

74LS09 DIP14

DIP32 IC SOCKET

1nF Capacitor

1μF Capacitor

10μF Capacitor

5pcs. 1N4148 DIODE

1.2K Resistor

18k Resistor

3pcs. 4.7K Resistor

LED

3pin male header

jumper cap

2pcs. RIGHT ANGLE TACTILE BUTTON



You will need a programmer for EPROM


If your programmer have capability to test IC chips, like 74LS series, then you should not forget to test them before soldering, some chips may have defect. (TL866 Minipro Programmer is able to test some of logic IC)




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