Seeking info for Hollywood Hardware ROM card

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Seeking info for Hollywood Hardware ROM card

Just acquired a Hollywood Hardware ROM card (almost) full of ROMS and I'm looking for anyone that has info about the card. It came with literally nothing but the EPROMS that are on it. If someone out there has one and is looking for a copy of the EPROMS, I'm happy share those too. Just want to get it working. Thanks in advance

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Re: Seeking info for Hollywood Hardware ROM card

This one?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/160893383508

Here are some relevant google results for you:

http://books.google.com/books?id=ei4EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA29&lpg=PA29&dq=APPLE+%22Hollywood+Hardware%22+ROM&source=bl&ots=aYOBvONRmj&sig=5HidNOOOyCKnTwM6V4rdlaAVZHI&hl=en&sa=X&ei=Tep9UMjEEIHK9gTEkoCACA&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=APPLE%20%22Hollywood%20Hardware%22%20ROM&f=false

http://macgui.com/usenet/?author=Thomka.es%40XEROX.ARPA&name=Thomka.es%40XEROX.ARPA&stats=6&id=712&group=6

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Re: Seeking info for Hollywood Hardware ROM card

Yes, that's the one. I was the buyer of this card.
Your search references are noted and much appreciated.
I'm hoping I am not the only one on this forum that owns one
of these cards. I saw these advertised back in the early 80's
but never thought it'd be a good investment. Soon afterward,
S.C.R.G. introduced the QuickLoader card and I got hooked on
that. (That's another I'll be posting about in the near future,
as there are a few folks that have these cards that might want
to swap ROM configurations)

So, my quest for more information on the Hollywood Hardware Card
continues. Hopefully someone out there has one besides me?
Thank you for your response.

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Re: Seeking info for Hollywood Hardware ROM card

Nice find!
In looking at the pics of this card, I'm guessing that the one rom with "Bell" on it might have something to do with John Bell.
He did a lot of great Apple II peripherals.

I have my own custom eprom that I used to use when programming. It's a 2716.
Sat in my eprom burner in slot 5 and invoked with a $C500G or decimal equiv call statement.
If you'd like a copy, I could send you copy for a reasonable amt (rom & shipping)
The rom provides a menu with the following choices:
ASCII screendump with joystick/kybd controllable scrolling speed
Low res color bars with color numbers
Low res color bars with color names
R, G, B full screen color rasters
High res crosshatch pattern in b&w (monitor convergence test pattern)
Display existing high res screens ($2000/$4000)
System info (himem, lomem, last bload addr and length, usr vector, string storage addr, ampersand vector, etc)
Joystick centerer

Sorry.. I don't have it available to send via the web, but might still have the source code for Lisa 2.5 assembler.
Also, it displays in upper and lowercase and may not display correctly in earlier ][+ models without a lowercase chip.
Works on a //e anyway.

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Re: Seeking info for Hollywood Hardware ROM card

Re:

If you'd like a copy, I could send you copy for a reasonable amt (rom & shipping)

Does your post indicate you have one of these cards? (Hollywood Hardware)

Your EPROM interests me. I have plenty of 2716's available if you need a replacement.
Let me know what you're looking for to make a copy. It could likely go onto anything as long as I know
the start/length of the code. (I have lots of PROM burner equipment at my disposal, so I can make one up fairly easily)

Thanks for your reply.

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grave digging a decade but

grave digging a decade but this is the only thread I've found... is this the board you're talking about - https://www.ebay.com/itm/134280622661

cheers

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xor wrote:grave digging a
xor wrote:

grave digging a decade but this is the only thread I've found... is this the board you're talking about - https://www.ebay.com/itm/134280622661

cheers

 

Good grief...  $189?  What does this do that something like the many QL reboots and clones don't?  Or is that price purely a deep pocket collector value?

 

 

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Yup, that's the card

Yup, that's the card.  This card differs greatly from the QuikLoader and other cards.  It's an early development. (very)  ... and they're fairly rare these days.

FYI, not my auction.  I agree the price is pretty steep.

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Possibly similar to Mountain Computer's ROMPlus card?

The Internet Archive has a manual for Mountain Computer's earlier ROMPlus card.

Mountain's card has different features (eg: scratch RAM and TTL inputs) from Hollywood Hardware's card, but it's worth checking the documentation in case they share any details in common.

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Oops, it's documented in that eBay listing...!
xor wrote:

grave digging a decade but this is the only thread I've found... is this the board you're talking about - https://www.ebay.com/itm/134280622661

cheers

Expensive, but they put a lot of documentation into the pictures at that eBay listing:

Note: these pictures above will undoubtedly go away when that eBay listing ends, so download and save any that you want.

 

Even better, they credited an especially useful source, www.Apple2Online.com, which has all the documentation for that board!

Hollywood Hardware Ultra ROM Board APB-102 Owner's Manual

Hollywood Hardware APB-102 Quick Reference Guide

Two-page Data Sheet

Warranty Card

 

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Thank you for posting all those references

Thank you for posting all those references.  Much appreciated!

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tl;dr - The boards were made

tl;dr - The boards were made for Apogee's Productions Motion Control system. They were sold under a dba Hollywood Hardware via mail order in the early 80s.

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A small team out of Van Nuys were hired to produce the FX shots by an up and coming George Lucas for The Adventures of Luke Starkiller.

 

The team lead by John Dykstra was founded; Industrial Lights and Magic.  The tech they created was called Dykstraflex - the first digital Motion Control system in cinema history.

 

https://www.lucasfilm.com/news/lucasfilm-originals-the-dykstraflex/

 

https://cinemagear.com/blog/2022/05/26/dykstraflex-preparing-to-service-the-camera-that-shot-the-original-star-wars-trilogy/

 

After Star Wars, Dykstra and the team went on to do their own thing as Apogee.  The engineers that made the Dykstraflex opted use the new Apple II to build the boards for their MoCo system instead. These are those boards.

 

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