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The Lynx Cart Programmer Pi-Hat is an add-on board for a Raspberry Pi 2 (and later) that lets you read and write your own Atari Lynx cartridges. It can be thought of as a cartridge ripper and flasher, but its main intended purpose is to give homebrew developers and easy way to produce games on cartridge with ease.

Don't forget to enter the Atari Lynx 30th Birthday Programming Competition!
Entries close 20th of July 2019!

Features🕸

This board can read any cartridge that an Atari Lynx model 1 can read. The software is able to detect cartridge block size and output a dump of its content. The board can also write special programmable cartridges. All in all you can...

  • Read/dump Atari Lynx cartridges, including official, and homebrew cartridges
  • Read/dump certain cartridges that require SWVCC to operate (Luchs Soft cartridges)
  • Write ROMs to flashable cartridges
  • Erase flashable cartridges
  • Onboard LEDs for status/error codes

Note: Flashable cartridges must be based on the SST39SF010A / SST39SF020A / SST39SF040 CMOS Multi-Purpose Flash chip. Some homebrew cartridge PCBs are too thick to fit the slot connector and will not work (original Alpine Games for example).




Compatibility and Requirements🕸

To use this board you need a Raspberry Pi with a 40 pin GPIO connector. This includes Model 3 A+, Model 3 B+, Model 3 B, Model 2 B, Model 1 B+, Model 1 A+, Zero, Zero W. Below are some links to where you can purchase a Raspberry Pi from:

Software-wise you need a Linux distribution with developer tools installed and to have SPI enabled. You will also need to have Wiring Pi installed.

If you're using a Raspberry Pi 2 with this board, Atari Gamer designed a custom case you can use, get it from Thingiverse here - Raspberry Pi 2 Case for use with Atari Lynx Programmer Board.

Software🕸

To see what software is available to use with this board, head on over to Atari Lynx Cartridge Reader/Writer Board Software.



How to Buy🕸

At the moment the Pi-Hat can be ordered on this thread over at AtariAge forums (or just contact us). The cost is €60 + postage. The Pi-Hat comes fully assembled with mounting hardware and an empty Lynx Cartridge shell that can be used with flashable Lynx cartridge PCBs from the White Lynx Store. If you need additional cartridge shells, Atari Gamer can supply these at €4 each or 10x for €36.




Additional Photos🕸

We've uploaded a video of some of the construction of this board, check it out - SMD Heat Gun Soldering MCP23S17 I/O Expander for the Atari Lynx Cartridge Reader/Writer Board.

History🕸

There were older versions of this board made. Please see the following pages for reference - Lynx Cart Programmer Pi-Hat (Pre-Production Board).

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