AT LAST! My 1st MSX! :D

By CU_AMiGA

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27-10-2009, 00:17

Well, after years and years and years and years and years of promises (that didnt come through)

http://www.msx.org/forumtopic4166.html
http://www.msx.org/forumtopic6680.html

i have finally bought my 1st MSX! :) Check it out! :D

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280412669665&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Now has anyont got any tips for me?! ie PSU wise and anything i should be aware of?!

Regards

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By dhau

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27-10-2009, 00:40

Very good choice! I'd say the best other then Turbo-R machines, although I think you overpaid a bit (rklok sold me many WX/WSX machines for 75 euros in past (no box or manuals).

You'll have a lot of fun with your new MSX if you make or buy an DIN-8 RGB to SCART cable. WX doesn't have S-Video and composite video is rather lacking in sharpness or brightness.

You may consider upgrading ram to 256 or 512K.

Also, it could be a good idea to buy a silicon belt for floppy drive. Rubber belts only last about 10 years, and your's might be at 99% of usage Smile Silicon belts are supposedely much more durable and only a bit more expensive then rubber belts.

Thant's all I can think of now.

By NYYRIKKI

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27-10-2009, 01:12

Definitely one of my favourite MSX-machines!

About hardware: The disk drive rubber belt may become a problem as dhau said... also keyboard film may worn out if you use keyboard daily. PSU may blow especially if you use it with over voltage. Other ways the hardware is rock solid. Same spare parts work as with MSX tR machines... There is possibility to upgrade the memory to 256KB on the motherboard.

About software: European games don't like to work on this machine if they use MoonBlaster music-replayer. That is caused by bug in default replayer routine... Mail me for workarounds if needed...

Special features: The great thing in this machine is that it can be over clocked to ~5.3MHz by software although in that case the PSG musics go up by one octave... To enable that feature, write OUT65,8: OUT64,0 in BASIC. To go to firmware menu from BASIC, type CALL MENU

By CU_AMiGA

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06-11-2009, 00:12

ok i have the machine now. Smile now some questions:

1) wot type of transformer would i need to make it work on the uk 230/240 volt current? regards
2) wot type of ram upgarde is the best. i mainly plan on playing games with this machine

regards

By dhau

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06-11-2009, 01:16

1) External 220 -> 110 transformer is the best
2) 256K should be enough for most stuff, and it saves you the trouble of lifting pins on MSX Engine.

By CU_AMiGA

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06-11-2009, 01:42

hi

thanks for the reply. have you got any links for the two? i had a look on ebay/maplin for suitable transformers but really dont know wot i m looking at to be honest:

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_trkparms=65%253A15%257C66%253A2%257C39%253A1&_nkw=step%20down%20transformer&_sc=1&_sop=15&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_pgn=2

does the msx require ac or dc power? would the cheap ones listed on there work or do i need an more expensive one?

regards

By Leo

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06-11-2009, 06:42

i bough mine 110/220v for 7 euros on ebay.de , it is specified for 45w, while all msx eat up 30-35w.

the brand is "HQ"

it looks like exactly this one :
http://cgi.ebay.fr/Convertisseur-220V-vers-110V-45W-220-110-transformateur_W0QQitemZ110453440315QQcmdZViewItemQQptZFR_JG_Auto_Tuning?hash=item19b789bf3b
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http://cgi.ebay.fr/Convertisseur-220V-vers-110V-45W-220-110-transformateur_W0QQitemZ110453440315QQcmdZViewItemQQptZFR_JG_Auto_Tuning?hash=item19b789bf3b
7bc43

it works with my panasonic msx2+ wsx ( the twin brother of your msx, s-video output
instead of tape interface)

i never bothered upgrading to 256kb , i bought a 512k mapper ( and never use it )

128/256/512kb is helpfull to use msx dos 2 and load megarom games in ram.
some software like moonblaster needs such amount of ram also.
For floppy disk games 64kb is fine.

for megarom there is an alternative :
buy a megaflash SCC and you can play games with scc sound.

So unless you plan to have lot of files in subdirs using msxdos2 and a mass storage, you may enjoy your computer with 64kb for a while...

The ideal complement would be a SD interface with floppy disk emulation for games or megaflash.

By CU_AMiGA

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06-11-2009, 12:51

hi

ok i done some hunting for the ac adaptor. i have found 2 choices:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Voltage-transformer-STEP-DOWN-45w-240-110_W0QQitemZ360149324860QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_3?hash=item53da92943c

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=19413

can i assume that both of these are suitable for my system? if so i might have a looky in my local maplin store and buy one tomorrow perhaps. as i think i d prefer to buy a dearer adaptor so less chance of my system being mucked up! lol

regards

By Leo

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06-11-2009, 14:49

i d say yes , both are ok .
you can check underneath your computer there should be a sticker that says says :
110v 35w or other power , just to be sure 45w is fine.