What's a good MSX2 machine, for the early titles?

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By Manuel

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10-10-2018, 23:14

Do you plan to play only cartridge software or also disk software? For MSX2, you'd be missing some really great titles if you don't run disk software.
Besides a real disk drive, you can also use the MegaFlashROM SCC+ SD (and some other similar carts) to run disk images on your MSX.

By R_Leo_1

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10-10-2018, 23:18

I had planned on mostly using cartridge software, so I would probably just run disk images on the MegaFlashROM SCC + SD. I'm assuming the flash rom wont damage the computer, right?

By Grauw

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10-10-2018, 23:33

R_Leo_1 wrote:

I'm assuming the flash rom wont damage the computer, right?

Nope, it won’t. The MegaFlashROM SCC+ SD is great hardware, I use it all the time.

Always remember MSX computers are old hardware, so if booted up after a long time in storage to try out some new cartridge they can fail, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the cartridge is faulty. This happened to me a few years ago, but after I repaired the problem I had no issues since. So sometimes you read about such things, but I’ve never read about a case where it was proven that a faulty cartridge actually damaged a computer.

I recommend the extra 512K RAM option btw. Always useful for that case when you need some extra RAM (like to use DOS2 on an MSX1 or using VGMPlay), and it only costs a little more.

By R_Leo_1

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10-10-2018, 23:35

Thanks for the info! I was hoping it wasn't true lol. So where would be the best place to buy a MegaFlashROM SCC+ SD? Smile

By Grauw

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10-10-2018, 23:38

http://msxcartridgeshop.com/

If you do want to save a few pennies, I think the second SD slot option isn’t very useful.

By R_Leo_1

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10-10-2018, 23:45

Wow, thanks a lot! All this info has been extremely helpful! Big smile

By Meits

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11-10-2018, 10:14

About diskimages. Not every disk will be flashable, but the majority works just fine.

By R_Leo_1

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11-10-2018, 17:54

Oh okay, thanks for the heads up! I've been looking at some games on disk, I'm hoping Ys works lol

By Vampier

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12-10-2018, 21:58

R_Leo_1 i'm in the US too I got the Panasonic A1FX (no build in FM Chip) and a Philips NMS8220. I also have the FM-PAK from 8bit forever and the MFR as well as the Gr8net. The gr8net can emulate the FM-PAK as well but if you need SRAM you need to buy the original Panasonic FM-PAC. There is also the Carnivore2 but this one is not flexible when it comes to using the SCC+ capabilities.

I have a cheap Scart >> HDMI converter and my lag is about ~0.1seconds. I use a DIN to Scart cable from Bas Kornalijnslijper for the Panasonic. The NMS8220 is a EU computer so it has scart already.

By R_Leo_1

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13-10-2018, 00:50

Vampier wrote:

R_Leo_1 i'm in the US too I got the Panasonic A1FX (no build in FM Chip) and a Philips NMS8220. I also have the FM-PAK from 8bit forever and the MFR as well as the Gr8net. The gr8net can emulate the FM-PAK as well but if you need SRAM you need to buy the original Panasonic FM-PAC. There is also the Carnivore2 but this one is not flexible when it comes to using the SCC+ capabilities.

Awesome! I'm glad to hear there's someone in the US who owns an MSX lol. I'm not 100% sure if I need SRAM or not, I"m assuming it would be used for certain games for save data?

Vampier wrote:

I have a cheap Scart >> HDMI converter and my lag is about ~0.1seconds. I use a DIN to Scart cable from Bas Kornalijnslijper for the Panasonic. The NMS8220 is a EU computer so it has scart already.

That sounds like a pretty sweet setup! I'm honestly surprised the lag is so minor considering how HDTVs handle 240p signals.

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