Datel Action Replay PC
|P1||Programmable Logic Array||AMD||PALCE20V8Q||24||datasheet|
|P2||Programmable Logic Array||AMD||PALCE20V8Q||24||datasheet|
|P3||Programmable Logic Array||AMD||PALCE20V8Q||24||datasheet|
|P4||Programmable Logic Array||AMD||PALCE20V8Q||24||datasheet|
The firmware is 128 kilobytes, separated into 16 8KB Pages. Each page begins with a header that says which page it is, and mentions "(c) 1993 DATEL"
The AREPLAY.COM file has error strings for "Action Replay ram not switchable" and "Replay base address is not being shadowed" which suggests the larger SRAM chip (U4) is being used to shadow the EPROM at runtime.
There was at least one upgrade to the EPROM provided, which involved mailing out a replacement chip to users.
The firmware contains the signature of 50 viruses, starting at offset 0x164D8.
Each name is proceeded by an 0xFE character, can be up to 26 letters long, and is padded with spaces.
The external "paddle" features a button, switch, and LED. The PCB inside calls it the "Datel IBM Control"
- When the Brandon unit first showed up on ebay (April 24th, 2019)
- In response to the LGR video (February 21st, 2020)
- Firmware image reverse engineering (February 25th 2020)
- Status update after the card arrived (February 27th, 2020)
- Lazy Game Reviews video on the Action Replay PC
- Manual, PCB images, and software
- VCFed thread
- Version 4 firmware dump