Need Help with Panasonic FS-A1 Language / ROM

By RetroFletch

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22-07-2019, 09:24

So i Recently got myself a Japanese Panasonic FS-A1 and when im in BASIC im unable to use the english characters. i have not had this issues on any of my other japanese machines, is there a button combination or something i need to press to swicth between the English QWERTY layout and the japanese letters? I mean the keyboard has the qwerty letters printed big on them so its a bit odd to me..

The machine came with alot of modifications ( seperate thread on these ) But one was a switch to ignore the built in software and go directly to basic, i dont think this would effect language but thought id mention it..

Also wanted to ask if its possible to change the ROM out for the Toshiba FS-TM1 ( English version of same machine) to get the software in english. Where could i find these roms? Is it one of these?
http://msx2.org/NewPack/Emuladores/BlueMSX%202.8.2/Machines/...

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By RetroFletch

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22-07-2019, 11:17

Actually i just realized that im not stuck on japanese text, im stuck on the secondary "graphics" characters, like hearts, spades, circles, blocks and so on.. i have tried every button combination i can think of but cant get out of it..

How do you usually activate / deactivate these?

By gdx

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22-07-2019, 12:01

My Panasonic FS-A1 starts in Ronaji (Alphabetic characters) mode as all other Japanese MSX. I have to press the Kana key to put the Japanese characters (it's not practical without LEDs). Your MSX has a issue somewhere.

By RetroFletch

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22-07-2019, 12:54

Yeah ok i figured something must be wrong it just didnt seem right compared to all the other japanese machines ive had that also was starting in normal western alphabet like u said.

By Meits

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22-07-2019, 14:14

Your graph key might be stuck.

By RetroFletch

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22-07-2019, 14:38

Well that would explain it i guess, will have a look Smile