MSX 2; Which one to get

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By Soccer 1214

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29-04-2019, 21:23

I have the game MR. Ghost and I am looking for an MSX 2 that has enough RAM to play it. I need a recommendation on which one to get and what accessories I will need to get it up and running and play the game. Thank You very much for your advice.

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By Manuel

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29-04-2019, 21:54

The box gives the specification... 128kB VRAM. So it runs on any MSX2 with 128kB VRAM.

By Soccer 1214

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29-04-2019, 22:00

Thank You! should I go with Panasonic or Sony? Also, What monitor will and connection? Mr. Ghost is Japanese. So, I assume the system must also be from japan. Correct? I am a newbie.

By Manuel

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29-04-2019, 22:29

No, it runs on any MSX2 with that spec or any MSX2+ or turboR. I heard that Sony machines have a higher chance of bad capacitors.
Edit: you don't need a disk drive if you have the original ROM game.

I recommend a CRT monitor with analog RGB input for the best experience.

By Soccer 1214

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29-04-2019, 22:32

Thanks! I do have the original ROM, so that makes things a little less complicated

By Thom

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29-04-2019, 22:51

Soccer 1214 wrote:

Thanks! I do have the original ROM, so that makes things a little less complicated

Ha! Well done and congratulations! A couple of weeks ago you were looking for the CIB IIRC. Did you have to sell a kidney? Wink

If you live in the US or Japan it would be best to get a Japanese MSX2 I guess.

A nice overview of MSX2/2+ computers can be found here or here.

Like Manuel said, you'll need 128 kB of VRAM. You can also have a look at some of the FPGA-options available, which connect nicely to modern screens.

By Soccer 1214

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30-04-2019, 01:00

I don't know why you have to trade a kidney for that game. Haha! This helps a lot; much thanks!

By Manuel

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30-04-2019, 08:34

Keep us informed on what you decided to do, ok?

By rderooy

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30-04-2019, 16:56

I would not go for the F1XD. The seller already says "no floppy drive", so assume it to not be working. For the price difference between the F1XD and the FS-A1 you can buy yourself a flash memory expansion cartridge.

The F1XV is a different case, it is a MSX2+ so it has some additional appeal.It also has MSX-Music which is a nice to have. Still a Panasonic MSX2+ would be better as the F1XV and the F1XD both suffer from suicide tendencies...

By Soccer 1214

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30-04-2019, 17:25

Thanks! If anyone knows someone selling a Panasonic MSX2+ reasonably I might be interested

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