A story of my PHILIPS VG-8235

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Por meckert

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06-04-2017, 22:27

Por hamlet

Scribe (3620)

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06-04-2017, 22:32

Nice pictures, great storie and a good video including SofaRun. Thanks, the 8235 was my first MSX2.

Por meckert

Rookie (18)

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06-04-2017, 22:47

Thanks man Smile

Por Louthrax

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06-04-2017, 23:38

Hi Meckert,

I like nice stories like that Smile
I saw your message about associating .ROM files with ExecROM in SofaRun. I'm currently re-designing lots of things in SofaRun / SofaROM, so I can't test that right now (everything is broken or WIP for now), but I'll have a look at that before the next release. And SofaROM will support MegaRAM directly too at that occasion.

Por Meits

Scribe (6430)

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06-04-2017, 23:56

Great to see that sad looking 8235 on the first picture live up again Smile

Por cochecito

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14-04-2017, 16:13

hi everyone!
I have a doubt abaout this part:
"A cool feature of VG-8235 is that it has an external FDD port, compatible with standard PC 3,5" floppy drives. So a 1.44MB 3,5" drive from my old PC works fine with it and formats 720kb disks. Which is useful, as VG-8235's internal drive is just single-sided with 360kb capacity"

So in any VG8235 you can connect a standar pc floppy disk into the external port and it works with 720 kbs?
what revision do you have? VG8235/XX (is in a stick in the back of the computer)
I think it must have a compatible disk rom with 720 kb.

Do you connect the pc floppy disk with a standar flat pc floppy cable or any modification needed?

PD: Where did you buy the belt for the original floppy?

Thanks and good job.

Por Meits

Scribe (6430)

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14-04-2017, 22:18

As long as the original diskROM is there, there's no 720kB going to be read.

Por RetroTechie

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15-04-2017, 05:36

There is a Side Select signal (for double-sided drives) on the external drive connector, and afaik the diskROM does supports its use when a 720KB drive is attached. It's just the internal drive which is hard-wired / assumed to always be a 360KB drive.

Kinda stupid decision to hard-code that in the firmware, if you ask me. But then again that's why it makes sense to replace that stupid firmware... LOL!

Por CX5Mer

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15-04-2017, 16:54

Very interesting! I also own a Philips VG-8235. I didn't know or forgot that it has an external FDD interface. One thing that interested me which I'd never heard of before was www.allegro.pl . This is obviously a Polish auction site. I had to get my browser to translate it because Polish isn't one of the languages I speak. I'd like to know if the sellers on that site agree to send these items to buyers outside Poland. Unfortunately, I don't understand the payment options. There's no sign of Paypal, or VISA logos. One MSX item listed is a bit confusing. Please tell me if the following listing is for a whole computer or just a replacement disk drive http://allegro.pl/stacja-dyskietek-msx-spectravideo-svi-738-...

Por cochecito

Resident (51)

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15-04-2017, 20:46

RetroTechie wrote:

There is a Side Select signal (for double-sided drives) on the external drive connector, and afaik the diskROM does supports its use when a 720KB drive is attached. It's just the internal drive which is hard-wired / assumed to always be a 360KB drive.

Kinda stupid decision to hard-code that in the firmware, if you ask me. But then again that's why it makes sense to replace that stupid firmware... LOL!

That is incredible!!!
So, you can use a 720K diskdrive in external port (using 720K disks) even with the diskrom limited to 360K for the internal drive?

Amazing.

Por Hans41

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18-04-2017, 12:18

Correct ! Big smile

Will Always be your b-drive, though.

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