Sean Riddle built a dumper for the Videocarts to be able to lure the code out without damaging the cartridges. A portable version was shipped over the world to collect rare data from even rarer cartridges.
This page is a work in progress, for now I only present the Pic BASIC Pro code I modified from Sean's original 20MHz PIC16F84 version - as I only had a PIC16C84 at home...
Will complete this with hardware information and compiled code as well.
; Fairchild Channel F cart dumper version 2 ; 2/10/2004 Sean Riddle email@example.com ; Edited from 16f84 to 16c84 by Fredric Blåholtz 03/08/2009 ; Pic BASIC Pro ; 1/5 speed, the nop:s are half as many. INCLUDE "modedefs.bas" @ device pic16c84, hs_osc, wdt_off DEFINE OSC 4 ;4 MHz oscillator DEFINE NO_CLRWDT 1 ;watchdog is off DEFINE DEBUG_REG PORTA ;serial output on A.0 DEFINE DEBUG_BIT 0 DEFINE DEBUG_BAUD 9600 ' Set Debug mode: 0 = true, 1 = inverted DEFINE DEBUG_MODE 1 k VAR WORD ;another rom VAR BYTE ;buffer to store ROM f8phi VAR PORTA.1 ;clock signal f8write VAR PORTA.2 ;write signal f8romc3 VAR PORTA.3 ;ROMC3 signal ; CMCON=7 ;turn off comparators OPTION_REG.7=0 ;weak pull ups on port B TRISB=$FF ;port B is all input Low f8phi Low f8write Low f8romc3 Debug "Dumping starts in two seconds..." Pause 2000 ;wait 2 seconds after reset ; what I do: ; clear PC0 with ROMC state 8 ; loop 16384 times ; fetch 4 bytes into buffer with ROMC state 0 ; dump buffer to serial port ; clear PC0 f8phi=1 f8write=1 f8phi=0 @ nop f8phi=1 f8write=0 f8phi=0 f8romc3=1 ;ROMC state 8, clear PC0. f8phi=1 @ nop f8phi=0 @ nop f8phi=1 @ nop f8phi=0 @ nop f8phi=1 @ nop f8phi=0 f8romc3=0 For k=0 TO 16383 f8phi=1 f8write=1 f8phi=0 @ nop f8phi=1 f8write=0 f8phi=0 @ nop f8phi=1 ;ROMC state 0, fetch instruction @ nop f8phi=0 @ nop f8phi=1 @ nop f8phi=0 @ nop f8phi=1 rom=PORTB ;read databus into buffer f8phi=0 Debug rom Next k End