PC connected to MSX...possible?

By retroguy

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18-06-2002, 10:37

I'm wondering if is possible to build an interface between PC and MSX that works in similar way to C64HDD and SIO2PC (let use the PC hard disk as a virtual huge floppy drive for MSX)

tnx for help!

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By Bart

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18-06-2002, 11:42

just use any SCSI or IDE interface to connect your MSX directly to a harddrive. Or use the MSX4PC interface of PTC, I guess that should work too.

By snout

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18-06-2002, 16:18

Or you could use an RS232-C interface from Sunrise.

By retroguy

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19-06-2002, 01:12

uhm. not exactly. I don't wont to use an emulator Smile Use an RS232 interface should be fine, but just for transfer when i like to use files directly on pc hard disk.
An IDE interface should work fine, again, but 1) i don't know how to build it 2) i also will need an rs232 kit to transer data on hard disk, and i haven't so much money Sad

By Bart

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20-06-2002, 10:33

quote: "uhm. not exactly. I don't wont to use an emulator ";

No one is talking about one Wink MSX4PC by PTC is a hardware MSX which can be built into a PC (ISA card).

SCSI/IDE interfaces for MSX are for sale, you don't need to create one yourself Wink

By snout

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20-06-2002, 12:41

A Sunrise IDE+RS232 is cool and affordable.

By retroguy

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23-06-2002, 01:04

IDE+RS232 seems to be a good idea, but is it just for masx2+ or i can use with my old msx1? Smile

By snout

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23-06-2002, 11:20

Oh yeah, you got an MSX1.... I'm afraid it will not be possible then. Maybe you should contact Sunrise just to be sure.

By chpicolo

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24-01-2015, 22:23

"PC connected to MSX...possible?"
The answer is YES!!!
I successfully connected my MSX to my PC using my NMS-1210 serial interface on MSX, running XMODEM TTY terminal emulator that came with it and my PC running HyperTerminal (the same that I used on Windows XP, byt now, running on Windows 7).
So I can put both to "talk" and even exchange files this way.
I also made a video to brazilian MSX community after my first test of it. (This video is in portuguese, but you can see the config screens on both plataforms.)
The cable that I used was a DB9-DB9 "partial handshake" between the PC and a DB9-DB25 converter, connected on NMS-1210 connector.
http://youtu.be/jQW1UV5Pa3Y
If you have any TTY terminal emulator software on ANY platform that have a RS-232 interface, and you have the correct cabling, you can connect a MSX to that... it includes Macintosh, Amiga, Apple II, TRS-80, PC, CP/M "thing", C-64...
It the other platform is a DCE (Data Communications Equipment) instead of a DTE (Data Terminal Equipment), for example, Cisco routers/swithes and MODEMS, that one does not even need a terminal emulator.
Now you can imagine the bizarre scene: carrying a MSX computer to a datacenter to configure a corporate Cisco 6509... Hahahaha!