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== What Is REX ==
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REX is completely plug and play flash memory upgrade. REX plugs
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<big> '''REX Products for Model T laptops! '''</big>
into the Option ROM slot, with no soldering or necessity to open
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the laptop case.
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Rex provides support for up to 8
 
in-circuit selectable option roms. That means, you can have 8 different
 
software packages on one Option ROM, and select between them without
 
physically unplugging anything.
 
  
In addition, REX is in-circuit, software
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reprogrammable. That means you can change replace an Option ROM image
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<tr><td>[[Image:REXCPM.PNG]]        </td><td>    All of REX + CP/M support!    ---></td><td>[[REXCPM]]    </td><td>[[Image:rexcpm.jpg]]</td></tr>
without any special hardware or physically unplugging REX.
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<tr><td>[[Image:REXsharp.PNG]]      </td><td>    Next Gen Flash based REX     ---></td><td>[[REXsharp|REX#]]  </td><td>[[Image:rexsharp.jpg]]</td></tr>
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An integrated REX ROM houses the release 1 REX Manager software. REX
 
Manager allows you to pick which of the 8 ROM images is the one
 
currently in use.
 
  
REX Manager operates "behind the scenes" to make sure the currently
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<big> '''How to order  --->[[Ordering Information]] '''</big>
selected Option ROM image is automatically enabled on every power cycle.
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This is an impressive trick since REX does not receive power while
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the laptop is off (unlike the RAM memory circuit).
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Also, REX is able to do this without using up any precious RAM space!
 
  
== Advanced Main ROM Replacement Mode ==
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{| class="wikitable"
(optional)
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|'''Type'''||'''Supported Models'''||'''Memory type'''||'''Memory permanent?'''||'''CP/M?'''||'''Option ROMs?'''||'''RAM backups?'''||'''PCB2MOLEX Carrier?'''||'''Robustness improvements?'''
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|REXCPM||M100, T102||Static RAM, 2MB or 4MB||NO - SRAM||YES||YES||YES||YES||YES
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|REXsharp||M100, T102, T200, NEC||Flash, 1MB||YES- FLASH||NO||YES||YES||YES||YES
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|}
  
With a single wire soldered in place, REX can allow Main
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  Memory permanenance: After using REXCPM, if you were to remove it from the laptop, it would eventually discharge
ROM replacement. This means that you can disable the hard coded ROM
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  and the memory contents would degrade.  So, you have the extra work of backing up REXCPM if you want to remove it,
on your motherboard and replace it with a specific block of the 1MB of
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  with a subsequent restore when you want to use it again.
flash that is dedicated to act as if it was the Main ROM.  So, you can
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  REX#, being flash based, does not have this issue.
upgrade your OS with little tweaks like Y2K, the lomem patch, new
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character sets, and other things that get dreamed up.
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== Installing REX Manager ==
 
  
From a cold restart, simply typing
 
<code><pre>CALL 63012</pre></code>
 
  
will install the REX system.
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No longer orderable (from me), and end-of-support:
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<tr><td>[[Image:REXclassic.PNG]]    </td><td>    Classic Flash based REX      ---></td><td>[[REXclassic]]</td></tr>
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</table>
  
To start REX Manager, press reset and hold the ESC key.  Then from
 
basic type:
 
<code><pre>CALL 911</pre></code>
 
REX Manager will start, allowing you to manage
 
which ROMs stored in REX can be used, and when.
 
  
== Additional Utilities ==
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[[Category:Model T Hardware]]
 
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A separately loadable utility will allow you to burn rom images into REX.
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== Future Roadmap ==
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Future releases of REX will have a built in file system for managing
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REX files, TPDD files and RAM files.
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There will be approx. 512K of
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file storage.
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Latest revision as of 06:28, 1 April 2022

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REX Products for Model T laptops!


REXCPM.PNG All of REX + CP/M support! --->REXCPM Rexcpm.jpg
REXsharp.PNG Next Gen Flash based REX --->REX# Rexsharp.jpg


How to order --->Ordering Information


Type Supported Models Memory type Memory permanent? CP/M? Option ROMs? RAM backups? PCB2MOLEX Carrier? Robustness improvements?
REXCPM M100, T102 Static RAM, 2MB or 4MB NO - SRAM YES YES YES YES YES
REXsharp M100, T102, T200, NEC Flash, 1MB YES- FLASH NO YES YES YES YES
  Memory permanenance:  After using REXCPM, if you were to remove it from the laptop, it would eventually discharge 
  and the memory contents would degrade.  So, you have the extra work of backing up REXCPM if you want to remove it,
  with a subsequent restore when you want to use it again.
  REX#, being flash based, does not have this issue.


No longer orderable (from me), and end-of-support:

REXclassic.PNG Classic Flash based REX --->REXclassic