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MMU RAMROM Mode
Color Computer 3 Memory Management Unit in ROM/RAM
The MMU in the CoCo 3 has access to 64 blocks of RAM each 8 kilobytes in size. In ROM/RAM mode the last four blocks don't access RAM. They access either internal or external ROM. The RAM/ROM mode is entered by writing any value to address $FFDE. RAM mode is selected by writing any value to address $FFDF.
In ROM/RAM mode there are three different ROM configurations available. They are selected by setting bits 1 and 0 of address $FF90 to:
|Extnd Color BASIC||Color BASIC||8K Cart ROM||8K Cart ROM|
The ROM pages (3C-3F) can be written to any of the eight avaiable MMU slots. In all cases the last two bits the page page are ignored by the MMU and substituted by the last two bits of the slot number.
For example, writing $3D to slot 2 of the MMU does not map the second 8k page of ROM to addresses $4000-$5FFF. It maps page $3E (the third ROM page), because:
This essemtially means that Page $3C will only appear in slots 0 and 4; $3D in 1 and 5; $3E in 1 and 6; $3F in 1 and 7.