Computers_With_BASIC_in_ROM / was Re: Texas Instruments CC-40 won't boot

Chris Osborn fozztexx at
Sun May 3 10:41:53 CDT 2015

On May 3, 2015, at 8:33 AM, tony duell <ard at> wrote:

> I disagree that a plug-in ROM module is 'loaded' in the normal sense. The BASIC firmware is not copied from the module into RAM. The ROMs in the module are directly accessed by the processor to run BASIC, just as they are when the ROMs are on the main board of the machine.

It’s not loaded in the same way as cassette or disk based software, but it *is* considered external software. It doesn’t matter what media the external software is stored on.

> Incidentally, are you including handheld computers: HP71B, HP75C, HP75D, Sharp PC1211, PC1500 (and more), Casio (dozens of models)?

They aren’t being excluded, just no-one has added them, perhaps because they can’t decide if they are “calculators” or “computers”.

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