Great offer. If I ever make it on the other side of the pond and go up north I'll let you know.IsoldeIsobelle wrote: if you are at anytime in Scotland.... the first round is on me.
Back on the subject... I have explained why I posted the ROMs over here. How justifiable or not my action was depends on which side you are. If you are selling these EPROMs at $100 a pop you have a problem with what I did because suddenly you are open to "competition" by other prospective "sellers" or you are losing "sales" to those that can burn the images for themselves. If you are a user that wants to upgrade his board for a low fee then you are OK because you can save a few bucks if you do it yourself and in addition you get the satisfaction that you did it yourself. But if you don't have access to a computer with a parallel port you may be out of luck. In that case you need a good friend who has the equipment to help.
There have been posts by other members on this forum with attached ROM images of the SY99 and possibly other boards/devices. The only reason for those posts to appear was to help others because Yamaha does not want to help us anymore. There were also thoughts to alter the SY99 firmware so that we could design our own expansions as a community project. That firmware is still the IP of Yamaha but it falls in the "abandonware" category since they do not support it. My opinion is that we can do whatever we want with it as long as we do not sell any "improved" version of it. Same goes for the EX5 images. Someone could fix an issue here and there, post it on the forum and thus we all are benefited by it.
I received help by some members in the past and occasionally I offer help in any way I can. That has been going on for years. There are sites on the web that contain a lot of IP by Yamaha and other manufacturers. Those sites are known to a few people only. Some of those people are on this forum, some are on ex5tech. They gave me the links to download whole CDs with samples, manuals, whatever. That in turn helped me to write long detailed posts about the EX5R and the A3000/A5000 sampler upgrades I did (for the A5000 I bought the original CDs with their covers at a reasonable price from a pawn shop, so before you go on ebay check your local pawn shops, you may find a treasure over there such as an almost new WX5 for $300). Without those samples and manuals I would not have been able to take those machines one step further. I had no intention to pay those ebay creeps a hefty fee to buy the service manuals or the long lost A3000 CDs. Basically when you have only two bad options to choose from you chose the one that causes the least harm to all the parties involved, including the IP owner.
I won't waste more of anyone's time with this. But I have a bit of advice for those that might try to burn the images by themselves. If you have a bit of money to spend buy 4 used chips and try burning the images. If you are on a limited budget buy only two chips. Burn the OS upgrade and put it in your synth. Check if it works. If it does use the older OS chips to burn the new TG in them. Replace and check. And remember to choose chips at 100ns or less to be sure that no issues will arise due to slow chip response.
Thank you all for the support. No hard feelings against anyone, we are still free to express our opinions on this planet. The way things go it won't last long.