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48GX Custom ROM Card by Ford?
03-16-2019, 03:26 AM
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48GX Custom ROM Card by Ford?
I received a 48GX today that contained what appears to be a custom ROM card (was supposed to be a RAM card). There’s no battery and no W/R toggle.

The card is full of equations with sections like ‘Air’ and ‘HVAC’. I struggled to figure out what it was until I found an old business card inside the inner pocket of the case. It was previously owned/used by a Ford Product Design Engineer in Powertrain Operations. The card has stickers with his name and home address and no other marks. Just bare metal.

I’m curious to find out if the ROM card was produced by/for Ford or perhaps the engineer himself. And is there a way to determine who the manufacturer of the custom card was?
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03-17-2019, 03:14 PM
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RE: 48GX Custom ROM Card by Ford?
(03-16-2019 03:26 AM)Abby94 Wrote:  I received a 48GX today that contained what appears to be a custom ROM card (was supposed to be a RAM card). There’s no battery and no W/R toggle.
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Just bare metal.
I’m curious to find out if the ROM card was produced by/for Ford or perhaps the engineer himself. And is there a way to determine who the manufacturer of the custom card was?
You could send a few pics of the card.
If the housing has a light grey color then it could be an EPSON OTP or EPROM card.

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03-17-2019, 05:02 PM
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RE: 48GX Custom ROM Card by Ford?
Pls send note/email. I happen to be employed by Henry; I'll see what I can find out.

TomC

(03-16-2019 03:26 AM)Abby94 Wrote:  I received a 48GX today that contained what appears to be a custom ROM card (was supposed to be a RAM card). There’s no battery and no W/R toggle.

The card is full of equations with sections like ‘Air’ and ‘HVAC’. I struggled to figure out what it was until I found an old business card inside the inner pocket of the case. It was previously owned/used by a Ford Product Design Engineer in Powertrain Operations. The card has stickers with his name and home address and no other marks. Just bare metal.

I’m curious to find out if the ROM card was produced by/for Ford or perhaps the engineer himself. And is there a way to determine who the manufacturer of the custom card was?
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03-20-2019, 10:33 PM
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RE: 48GX Custom ROM Card by Ford?
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(03-17-2019 05:02 PM)TomC Wrote:  Pls send note/email. I happen to be employed by Henry; I'll see what I can find out.

TomC

(03-16-2019 03:26 AM)Abby94 Wrote:  I received a 48GX today that contained what appears to be a custom ROM card (was supposed to be a RAM card). There’s no battery and no W/R toggle.

The card is full of equations with sections like ‘Air’ and ‘HVAC’. I struggled to figure out what it was until I found an old business card inside the inner pocket of the case. It was previously owned/used by a Ford Product Design Engineer in Powertrain Operations. The card has stickers with his name and home address and no other marks. Just bare metal.

I’m curious to find out if the ROM card was produced by/for Ford or perhaps the engineer himself. And is there a way to determine who the manufacturer of the custom card was?
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03-22-2019, 04:44 AM
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RE: 48GX Custom ROM Card by Ford?
Here are a couple pics of the card. I blotted out the owner's last name and address from the stickers.

[Image: JxCyLvy]

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03-22-2019, 12:31 PM
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RE: 48GX Custom ROM Card by Ford?
(03-22-2019 04:44 AM)Abby94 Wrote:  Here are a couple pics of the card. I blotted out the owner's last name and address from the stickers.

[Image: JxCyLvy]

[Image: GvQ8mTz]

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03-22-2019, 02:18 PM
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(03-22-2019 12:31 PM)rprosperi Wrote:  
(03-22-2019 04:44 AM)Abby94 Wrote:  Here are a couple pics of the card. I blotted out the owner's last name and address from the stickers.

https://i.ibb.co/1sbdVrd/IMG-0891.jpg

https://i.ibb.co/WWvMCtm/IMG-0892.jpg

FYI - Images are not available.

Right-click and View Image and they should work. Though I also fixed the links in your quoted message so you can just click those.
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03-22-2019, 04:40 PM
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Sorry, used the wrong links.

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03-22-2019, 08:39 PM
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RE: 48GX Custom ROM Card by Ford?
Thanks for the pic.

Doesn't look like the EPSON cards I have seen.
The EPSON cards look like the HP cards, with metal slip shutter.
AFAIK there were OTPs, EPROMs, and RAM cards from EPSON.

Another company also made EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable ROM) cards.

Your card reminds me of an OTP card which SMI used for their Surveying software,
with both sides bare metal, without a shutter, and the wider black plastic frame on the grip side end.

Is there somnething visible in the Library menu?
If yes, is there a button named "About" or alike?

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