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EXO File Extension

Motorola EXORmacs Data Format

What is EXO file?

Files ending with the .EXO extension can contain EXORmacs Motorola data. This type of PROM data comes in a proprietary format of the Motorola Microsystems Division, created for the operating system from the eighties. Currently, the same extension is used to save segments of video streaming, but this represents a completely different data format.

Structure of .EXO Files - EXORmacs Data

Information recording in a file is binary - hexadecimal. A Motorola EXORmacs data file may include what is known as a login record at the beginning. Following this, there are data records consisting of:

  • A start character,
  • two characters indicating the byte count,
  • an address in hexadecimal notation,
  • data,
  • a checksum.

The file ends with a special string of characters, taking into account, similar to the data record, characters specifying the byte count - 03, a hexadecimal address 0000, and a checksum.

Application of Data Saved with the .EXO Extension

Files saved with the .EXO extension can be used to record onto PROM memory, i.e., Programmable Read Only Memory. This memory type is used for preserving data that can only be read in normal mode. The data remain in memory even after the power supply is disconnected. To write, and in the case of EPROM or EEPROM also erase and rewrite, the use of an appropriate operating mode or device - programmer is necessary.

Currently, .EXO files can be utilized by specialized software, for example, iMPACT or PROMgen. The software also allows for the conversion of their contents into files in MCS, TEX, or HEX format.

Programs which support EXO file extension

The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with EXO files, divided into 2 categories based on operating system on which they are available. Files with EXO extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support EXO file

Updated: 04/22/2024

How to open file with EXO extension?

Being unable to open files with EXO extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Motorola EXORmacs Data Format files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with EXO files.

Step 1. Install iMPACT software

Install software to open EXO file The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports EXO files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select iMPACT or one of the recommended programs (for example, Youtube for Android) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support EXO files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading iMPACT installed is by going to developer’s website (Xilinx, Inc.) and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Update iMPACT to the latest version

Update software that support file extension EXOYou still cannot access EXO files although iMPACT is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. The reason that iMPACT cannot handle files with EXO may be that the software is outdated. The latest version of iMPACT should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Assign iMPACT to EXO files

After installing iMPACT (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open EXO files. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with EXO file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the EXO file
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • To finalize the process, select Look for another app on this PC entry and using the file explorer select the iMPACT installation folder. Confirm by checking Always use this app to open EXO files box and clicking OK button.
Associate software with EXO file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected EXO file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • A message window should appear informing that This change will be applied to all files with EXO extension. By clicking Continue you confirm your selection.

Step 4. Ensure that the EXO file is complete and free of errors

If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the EXO file in question. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

Check EXO file for viruses
1. Verify that the EXO in question is not infected with a computer virus

If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the EXO file hinders attempts to open it. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the EXO file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If you obtained the problematic EXO file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. If the EXO file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open iMPACT

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support EXO files. Close all running programs and try opening the EXO file.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Motorola EXORmacs Data Format files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with EXO files affecting older versions of given software.

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