Commodore 64 IRQHack cartridge II, a new design!
Since the development of the IRQHack (as I mentioned before) has completely died down, and I would have loved to see some changes to the original, I started building a redesign of the interface myself.
What I disliked the most about the version developed by N. Dilek and O. Turay was the use of a microSD card module, which is only held in place with a single row of pins and pushing the microSD at an angle could mean that you could open the holder. bends, and that is almost impossible to bend back.
The size of the whole and the design make it almost impossible to make a decent housing, all kinds of protrusions and holes in a housing are not practical in my opinion, and not beautiful.
Commodore 64 IRQHack cartridge II , private house 🙂
After I completely customized the design, whereby the MicroSD slot was replaced by a standard more solid SD card slot, I could start designing a housing for the new IRQHack cartridge.
Using an Arduino module makes it better if it is properly protected and so I started with that goal in mind.
After 5 revisions I now have a perfectly fitting housing for the Commodore 64 IRQHack cartridge II
Commodore 64 IRQHack cartridge II , Details :
The functionality has not changed, it is still exactly like the previous version, the description can be found here .
the layout of the cartridge has been changed, the microSD card holder that protruded from the back of the Commodore 64 IRQHack cartridge II has now become an SD card holder that is recessed into the housing on the right side of the cartridge.
I have chosen NOT to let the SD card stick out as this can cause problems again.
The SD card is easy to insert / remove even if it is recessed by 1-2 mm.
I use a small flat object (voltage tester, fingernail, paper clip) to push the SD card into place, and for removal, a light push on the SD card is enough to unlock it so that it .
price : The Commodore 64 IRQHack cartridge II temporarily costs 30.00 euros (including housing)
Optional : SD card with software (26,000 files) 10.00 euros
The project page of the makers of the original IRQHack64 cartridge can be found here .