Turbo-R ST manual/instructions in English

By JohnFante

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12-09-2017, 06:34

Is there an English translation of the manual/instructions for the Turbo-R ST?

I am a fairly new Turbo-R owner and have a general idea of what the different keys etc. do. I just want to be sure and be able to use all the great machines features. My Japanese is a bit a ... rusty ... Smile

Thank you in advance!

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By Meits

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12-09-2017, 13:39

There's not much special about the keyboard. I can come up with three things that might need attention.
- The keys on both sides of the space bar are for the built in software. Yes/no, Ok/Cancel, that idea.
- The backslash is not present on the keyboard. In stead you use the yen sign (next to the backspace).
- There is no CODE button. It's replaced by the KANA button (left of PAUSE). This key works as an on/off switch for this mode, where the keyboards with a CODE button need the have the button pressed for it to have any effect. A kind of Shift/Caps-lock idea.
The rest of the keys are just like on any other keyboard. Their print is just a little more crowded, but you can just think the extra symbols away Wink

By sd_snatcher

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12-09-2017, 13:50

The MSX is a standard, so if you get an English manual for one machine, it serves all others too.

The differences mentioned by Meits are related to the region, and will be almost exactly the same for modern PCs.

By JohnFante

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13-09-2017, 06:57

Great! Thank you :-)

By JohnFante

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15-09-2017, 06:22

Sorry, but I forgot a question :-)

The battery compartement at the buttom for the machine. What does the batteryes do (store time settings?) and what kind of batteries does it take? Normal European AA?

By Grauw

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15-09-2017, 09:01

Yes normal AA. It powers the clock chip, storing the date/time and some other settings.

When putting the turboR away for a long period, make sure to remove the batteries to avoid leaking.

By sd_snatcher

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15-09-2017, 14:54

Regarding the leaking problem, an important tip is to use Lithium AA batteries. Since their content is solid, they are assured not to leak. They're more expensive, but it's worth given the age of the machine. In Europe you can easily find them from Energizer and Varta brands.

If you're really on a budget, I would advise against using Alkaline batteries. Those things are very prone to leak, and when they do its like alien blood that corrode everything quickly. The original batteries were Zinc-carbon, so when Lithium is not an option, prefer those instead.

By JohnFante

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15-09-2017, 16:13

Great! Thank you. I think I have som Energizers some where.

By Jipe

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15-09-2017, 16:51

Turbo-R have a S-ram inside and batteries save also DATA

By sd_snatcher

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15-09-2017, 17:18

JohnFante wrote:

Great! Thank you. I think I have som Energizers some where.

But careful to check if those Energizers are alkaline or lithium. The "Energizer Max" and "Energizer EcoAdvanced"batteries are all alkaline.

The lithiums have another advantage: they have high power and low self-discharge. Given that the power consumption of the MSX RTC+SRAM is very low, it's possible that they will hold up more than a decade there.

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