How to run Arabic MSX, MSX2 (other than Sakhr)

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By eimaster

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04-08-2016, 08:28

I have openMSX emulator on my android mobile and I could get it to run Al-Alamiah Sakhr MSX1 & MSX2 successfully. Now could you please tell me how can I get openMSX to run:
1- Perfect – Daewoo MSX1 (Arabic)
2- Perfect – Daewoo MSX2 (Arabic)
3- Spectravideo SVI-728 MSX1 (Arabic)
4- Spectravideo SVI-728 MSX2 (Arabic)
5- Spectravideo (SVI-318, SVI-328, SVI-328 MKII) <-- those are non-MSX compatibles.
I know that I need system rom dumb as “(*.rom) format” for those computers and I need your help on that. I also need openMSX machine configuration files for for every one of those machines.
Please help me.

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By jltursan

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04-08-2016, 20:34

At least I know that the Spectravideo SVI-728 ROM dump is available here
IMHO there's no such Spectravideo SVI-728 MSX2 (Arabic) ROM set, it's a MSX1 machine with some extras but no official MSX2 ROM.
About the rest I have no idea if they're preserved :(

By mars2000you

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04-08-2016, 21:14

I think that point 4 is actually Spectravideo SVI-738 Arabic (MSX1 with MSX2 VDP)

The real question is not about the roms (they are all available on the blueMSX site), but about the openMSX configuration files to run these machines in openMSX instead of blueMSX.

For the point 5 : the official release of openMSX does not support these machines, but I know that there's a branch in the source code on Github for these machines. So, the problem here is also to get an Android executable file with the support of these machines.

By Manuel

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04-08-2016, 21:29

We can support these machines if the ROMs are dumped and the other specifics of the machines are known. If you have such real hardware, you can help with that. See https://www.msx.org/nl/node/49950?page=0

About point 5: openMSX currently only supports MSX machines, not the old Spectravideo ones. However, there's an experimental spectravideo branch in which these machines are (mostly) supported. But that code needs some work from a Spectravideo fan to be able to merge it into the main code.

By eimaster

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06-08-2016, 02:25

Sorry my friends. I made a mistake in point 4! I wanted to say Spectravideo SVI-738 MSX2 Arabic.

By mars2000you

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06-08-2016, 02:38

eimaster wrote:

Sorry my friends. I made a mistake in point 4! I wanted to say Spectravideo SVI-738 MSX2 Arabic.

It's still a MSX1 although he has the MSX2 VDP.

By eimaster

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06-08-2016, 02:39

I have downloaded Spectravideo SVI-728 MSX2 (Arabic) dumb and now I need your help in creating a config file for this machine for the openMSX emulator for Android.

I have duplicated "Spectravideo_SVI-728.xml" config file found in the machines folder and renamed the new file as "Spectravideo_SVI-728_Arabic.xml" but I need your help in changing the configuration inside it.

By eimaster

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06-08-2016, 02:42

Dear mars2000you.
Thank you for the information cos I thought that it is completely an MSX2 computer Smile

By mars2000you

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06-08-2016, 02:46

https://www.msx.org/wiki/Spectravideo_SVI-738

The MSX2 VDP on this machine allows only to use the 80 columns mode in SCREEN 0. There's no enough VRAM for the specific MSX2 SCREENs (4 to 8).

By mars2000you

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06-08-2016, 20:02

Here's the openMSX XML file for Spectravideo SVI-728 Arabic :

http://www.msxblue.com/temp2/Spectravideo_SVI-728_Arabic.xml

The Arabic rom is included in the corresponding machine on the blueMSX site.

The same rom is used for Spectravideo SVI-738 Arabic :

http://www.msxblue.com/temp2/Spectravideo_SVI-738_Arabic.xml

By mars2000you

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06-08-2016, 21:35

And now the Perfect MSX1 and MSX2 :

http://www.msxblue.com/temp2/Perfect_MSX1.xml

http://www.msxblue.com/temp2/Perfect_MSX2.xml

The roms are included in the corresponding machines on the blueMSX site.

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