Assembling the Microbee MultiROM

So I have finally got a design for a “MultiROM” ROM changer suitable for use with the PC 85, capable of fitting in a standard case in the ROM H position at IC 22.

https://github.com/cheshirenoir/BeeMultiRom

Assembling these is a little non standard so here’s a guide.

You will need:

If your pins are in a socket or strip, use a sharp set of cutters and cut them out of their housing. These should drop right into the PCB in the wide holes. Fill all the wide holes. I find it easier to use the individual pins.

Once you have filled all the wide holes, insert the dead chip into the top of the turned pins. This will aid in soldering.

Flip the board over and solder in all the pins. Remove the chip once complete. If your chip isn’t as long as your pins, you’ll need to add more pins and move the chip.

Once all the pins are soldered in, cut the thin part of the legs off them. Yes, it feels criminal, but we’re using these as sockets, not as pins.

Next we solder in the header strip in the next row of holes, poking down. If you’re using the same strip as me, the default length will be fine. Use the socket to hold the pins in the right position.

If you’re using something else, be careful with your lengths. If you make them too long, you won’t have enough room to close the lid. Too short and you might hit the socket.

The rest of the components can be added in now. Don’t forget the resistor pack has a polarity. Make sure the dot matches the square pin.

I always mark the ground pin on the header for ease of use.

Add your 27C2001 ROM in after programming in images. You have 16 x 16k ROM images in there. Or 32 x 8k ROM images. Or a mix, as long as you keep everything aligned to 16k boundaries. (If you have 8k ROMs, they can be accessed by either PAK4 or PAK12 commands. If you have 16k ROMs, they can be accessed by PAK4)

Finally the bit I have to leave a bit open. This is the hex encoder. There are SO many options here. I tried this and this before settling on this one. The final one works fine and is just the right size to tuck into the empty controller port on the back of the ‘bee. You connect the “common” pin of your encoder to pin 1 and 2-5 to the remaining pins. You could probably even rig up a 4 way DIP switch by wiring all the pins on one side together then to pin 1 on the connector. Then connect the other side to pins 2-5.


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