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Is Retrocade only way to dump MD ROM ?


Site Supporter 2015

Is the Retrocade only way to dump the Mega Drive cartridge?
I have 1994 build Panorama Cotton about 4(?) months earlier build. From what I gather the method to dump the ROM is using the Retrocade which is pretty much always out of stock and last time it was back in stock I missed the chance to get one - mind you it's not a cheap device to buy on the whim.
If someone knows other way to dump I'd love to find out. (no I can't send away the cartridge since it's reserved already)

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<B>Site Supporter 2014</B>

You can use a Retrode to dump mega drive carts, there are more than likely plenty of other ways to do so, but I find the Retrode to be pretty easy to use. <a class="externalLink" href="https://www.dragonbox.de/en/71-retrode-2-cart-reader-4260416650091.html?search_query=retrode&amp;results=7" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.dragonbox.de/en/71-retr...416650091.html?search_query=retrode&amp;results=7</a>


The Tick

[li]Pull eproms and dump (probably not recommended)[/li]
[li]Use a sega/mega cd transfer cable to dump it.[/li]
[li]Build your own reader, as they are pretty basic to read.[/li]
[li]Sanni's card reader works for mega drive.[/li]
[li]Buy the retrode or other retail card readers.[/li]

In order of cheapness. If you have the required pc etc, the transfer cable is probably best in easiest/cheapest.


The Tick

<a class="externalLink" href="https://www.retrodev.com/transfer.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://www.retrodev.com/transfer.html</a>


Spirited Member

Another easy way to dump normal MD cartridges is to use Krikzz Flashkit MD programmer: <a class="externalLink" href="https://krikzz.com/store/home/38-flashkit-programmer-md.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://krikzz.com/store/home/38-flashkit-programmer-md.html</a>

It can be a little bit cheaper than a Retrode:
<a class="externalLink" href="https://shop.retrogate.com/everdrive/flashkit-programmer-md-1-buy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">https://shop.retrogate.com/everdrive/flashkit-programmer-md-1-buy</a>


Active Member

eke already mentioned, I also have a krikzz kit and I have had success with it. (few cartridges were not read, but I think the problem was in the cartridge and not in the reader) The mask_of_destiny cable kit works fine, but you need to disconnect a pin from the cartridge to work, plus a functional parallel port. I have a video teaching to use (but it is in Portuguese) I think it will not help you. I have been successful with this cable, but I believe that there is no option to work without the sega / mega CD because you need to run a soft one in each part of the system (one on the sega CD and another on the PC. Check the order of execution of the programs to succeed.
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Site Supporter 2015

given that this build was about 6 months before the release it didn't look that different from what little I played.

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