A long time ago I ordered some PCB's for a Final Cartridge III+ Replica to build myself.
And now last week the last missing parts have finally been delivered to actually be able to build it.
The FCIII+ has quite a few ICs, so a lot of soldering legs, but it went quite quickly and without any problems.
After putting the first prototype through its paces, I am extremely satisfied with the functionality, so I built a number of these Final Cartridge III Replicas and added them to the range.
The cartridges are known as The FCIII+, and are available in two PCB colors (Red and Blue)
and in two versions (with a 64 KB or 512KB ROM).
To activate the Final cartridge III+:
- Give the Command Desktop from the Prompt
- Turn on the C64 and press RUN/STOP
- Reset the C64 and press RUN/STOP
To deactivate the Final Cartridge III:
- Give the command Kill at the prompt
- Issue the command SYS64738 at the prompt
- From the Freezer Menu, select Final Kill
Features in Basic :
All the additional features of the Final Cartridge III+ are available when it is active.
Overview of the function keys in BASIC :
Overview of Additional BASIC Features :
The graphic environment of the Final cartridge III+ can be controlled via joystick and mouse, but can also be operated via the keyboard.
Joystick : Both joystick ports are supported
Keyboard : <F1>,<F3>,<F5>,<F7> for direction C= to select.
The V2.0 menus of the FCIII+ replicas (below) are more extensive than the original FCIII menu (above).
Price of the C64 Final Cartridge III+ (64 KB version) is 17.50 Euro, the 256 KB version is 22.50 Euro
For an extensive explanation (English) I would like to refer you to the C64 Wiki