[vcf-midatlantic] AIM-65 Like Clone Project

Henry S. Courbis info at reactivemicro.com
Sat Nov 10 22:49:38 EST 2018

Greetings and Salutations People Of The List:

I hobbyist recently contacted me about a project they are considering which
is a clone of the AIM-65.  However I'm mostly useless to help since I have
little idea how the system works, or should work.  Sure I can help clone
it, but that's the "simple" part.  Being able to check if it's working is
kind of where the magic happens.  Putting parts on a board... not so much.

For a starting point they have an old unit which doesn't work.  We found
this link for schematics: http://www.originalwoodworks.com/aim65/

They have checked the PSU and some obvious things like this, as well as
replaced some of the standard ICs which were suspected to be troublesome.
We don't have any ROM code to validate the ROMs to or to burn new ones.
And we're both kind of in the dark as to how the system should even work,
which is kind of the fun of this adventure.  If you can't break a toe and
bruise a shin while stumbling around in the dark for the light switch, then
what real fun is it?

So anyone have any advice or feedback as to getting the system to at least
want to seem alive, what known trouble ares there are, to yell at us for
being silly geese, etc?  Please email us offlist (his email to CC: tld10091
AT gmail.com).  Thanks!

Henry S. Courbis

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