[Coladam] Bypass/Disable Adam SmartWriter

Jim Notini jnoti2 at comcast.net
Mon Aug 9 08:04:50 CEST 2010


Rich laid out some very detailed info. for you, but there is another option 
available to you but requires some further ADAM equipment and also an Eprom 

First you would need a Multi-Purpose Interface Board 3 or a Parallel 
Interface Board, they ones made by Micro Innovations. I am not sure if 
anyone has a supply of these boards anymore, but you could check with Bob 
Slopsema or Rich Clee first. As a final resort you could also check with 
Terry Fowler of eColeco (buyer beware).

These boards plugged into Expansion Slot #2 inside the Memory Console and 
provide numerous functions, but most important to you would be an open Eprom 
Socket for the installation of an eprom which has had a program burnt to 
it.... therefor the need for an eprom burner. Proms were available back in 
the day with SmartBASIC, SmartDSK or ADAM's DeskTop on them and other 
programs could have been used as well.

When you turned the ADAM system on with one of these boards installed the 
program that was on the eprom would be loaded instead of SmartWRITER... so 
basically this is what you'd be looking for.

One way or the other, you will have to burn some eproms, the hard way would 
be to burn a set to replace the SmartWRITER eproms that are soldered to the 
motherboard. The easier way would be to track down one of these two 
expansion cards and then burn a single eprom to install in the socket of one 
of these boards.

This is about as far as I can help you as my knowledge of programming is 
restricted to Basic and accessing OS functions with CALLs, but at least you 
know now that something else is possible and hopefully still available.

Good Luck,

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Severini" <paul_severini at hotmail.com>
To: <coladam at adamcon.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2010 5:49 PM
Subject: [Coladam] Bypass/Disable Adam SmartWriter

> All,
> Does anyone know if the SmartWriter ROM can be bypassed all together? It 
> would be great if I could just have the system ignore the SmartWriter ROM 
> and continue searching for a valid boot device on AdamNET. I'll just stop 
> here and see where this question takes us. I'm really looking for a 
> solution to disable or turn off SmartWriter completely. Yes, I realize we 
> can boot directly from the other devices when software is present.
> Any ideas?
> Thanks for your help.
> Paul Severini
> Email: paul_severini at hotmail.com
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