SymbOS MSX multitasking operating system - help needed!

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By wolf_

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18-05-2006, 19:29

hm... so close to windows regarding style ... do we actually wish for windows-keys? Tongue

(may become more of a point @ OCM where we obviously plug-in a typical USB keyboard... *with* windows keys ..)

By PingPong

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18-05-2006, 20:28

Prodatron, make we dream with a little movie of SymbOS!

By legacy

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18-05-2006, 20:47

Prodatron, make we dream with a little movie of SymbOS!
Hmm, I like the real thing running on a real MSX.
I have only three words to say, Grossartig,Wunderbar,Fabelhaft

By Prodatron

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18-05-2006, 21:12

Dank je wel, Legacy Smile
Regarding windows keys: For opening the startmenu you can always use control+esc.
Btw, I use the "Graph" key as ALT. So as an example GRAPH+F4 closes the actual window.
We may discuss the key layout in general, I should post the actual one soon.
Please be a little bit patient with a video. I will record and upload one until saturday or sunday. I really want to get rid of some bugs first...

By flyguille

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18-05-2006, 21:19

nono
better is to use normaly useless key

one of them is the SELECT

that key is normaly not used anyway.

now, you can convine STOP+SHIFT for then equivalent of CTRL+ALT+DEL

any other key is usefull

By spl

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18-05-2006, 21:40

Well, flyguille, a key is usefull or not under a sytem or OS. Maybe graph in Symbos can be used as ALT key, because I think that Graph characters of basic or DOS are not available. Code can be used also.

Yours,

By Prodatron

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18-05-2006, 21:45

I choosed graph as ALT because of its position.
Currently there is:
Select=F6
Stop=F7
Clr/Home=F8

Btw, does anyone know, what's the best way to detect the amount of memory? SymbOS seems to detect too much memory (576K), but BlueMSX should only have 512K.

By Manuel

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18-05-2006, 21:54

From map.tni.nl:

Detecting the amount of available memory can be done by writing a unique value into all mapper pages and iterating through them until you see repetition. If the repetition e.g. occurs after 8 pages, there is 128k of RAM available. Usually, you will want to do this with interrupts disabled and also want to restore the original values.

There is also info about FDC's there.

By mars2000you

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18-05-2006, 22:05

I choosed graph as ALT because of its position.
Currently there is:
Select=F6
Stop=F7
Clr/Home=F8

On a MSX computer, F6 is actually Shift+F1, F7 = Shift+F2, F8 = Shift+F3, F9=Shift+F4 and F10 = Shift+F5.

More infos on this page of the blueMSX manual :

http://www.msxblue.com/manual/controlskeyboard.htm

By diederick76

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18-05-2006, 22:28

I choosed graph as ALT because of its position.
Currently there is:
Select=F6
Stop=F7
Clr/Home=F8

On a MSX computer, F6 is actually Shift+F1, F7 = Shift+F2, F8 = Shift+F3, F9=Shift+F4 and F10 = Shift+F5.

Moreover, not all MSX keyboard layouts are the same. I have an MSX where the stop key is actually on the top left corner of the keyboard, and right of F5 there are (in order) CLS/HOME, INS, DEL and SELECT.

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