SVI-707 problems

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By krazyminer

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02-06-2018, 01:58

rderooy wrote:

Great news!

The question now is, does this also work with the SVI-738 which also can run CP/M, but using a 1DD 3.5" disk type.
https://www.msx.org/wiki/Spectravideo_SVI-738

Otherwise you should perhaps have called it diskdef svi707 to distinguish between the two..

Yeah, I was thinking about the proper naming, and indeed thought of svi707! But I already submitted the patch using name "svi"...Damn! I am not an expert, but probably this disk definition is specific to SVI-707.

By rderooy

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02-06-2018, 09:45

The older non-MSX SVI 3x8 system could also run CP/M, perhaps the SVI707 disk format is compatible with it. I know openMSX has some support for emulating these older 3x8 systems, but not sure about the disk drive support for it.

By msxholder

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02-06-2018, 13:36

The PTC had licensed Wordstar Calcstar Reportstar and Mailmerge in their programs for MSX2 even to convert it to Homeoffice and vice versa.

By krazyminer

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02-06-2018, 13:44

rderooy wrote:

The older non-MSX SVI 3x8 system could also run CP/M, perhaps the SVI707 disk format is compatible with it. I know openMSX has some support for emulating these older 3x8 systems, but not sure about the disk drive support for it.

Okay. I actually have a real, physical Spectravideo SVI-328, but I have never tried it. I know it is a very important machine historically, because it served as a basis for the MSX1 standard.

I just tried SVI-328 emulation with:

openmsx -machine Spectravideo_SVI-328 -ext Spectravideo_SVI-707 -diska CP224R13.dmk

It beeped and booted to BASIC, not to CP/M. I used svi-3x8_v111.rom.

By krazyminer

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02-06-2018, 13:51

msxholder wrote:

The PTC had licensed Wordstar Calcstar Reportstar and Mailmerge in their programs for MSX2 even to convert it to Homeoffice and vice versa.

I see. Perhaps there is no Wordstar suitable for MSX1 machines. I don't know, but I guess I will find other CP/M programs that will run on SVI-728/SVI-707. If I cannot run Worstar, surely there is something else.

By krazyminer

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02-06-2018, 13:56

krazyminer wrote:

openmsx -machine Spectravideo_SVI-328 -ext Spectravideo_SVI-707 -diska CP224R13.dmk

It beeped and booted to BASIC, not to CP/M. I used svi-3x8_v111.rom.

Maybe SVI-328 needs SVI-902 floppy drive. But I guess that one is not emulated by openMSX.

By msxholder

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02-06-2018, 14:33

On a 728 with 707 +727 booting CP/M gives 80 colums.
Then starting with wordstar on disks of an svi 605a should work.
An nice setup.
I will try this evening.

By rderooy

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02-06-2018, 15:29

krazyminer wrote:
krazyminer wrote:

openmsx -machine Spectravideo_SVI-328 -ext Spectravideo_SVI-707 -diska CP224R13.dmk

It beeped and booted to BASIC, not to CP/M. I used svi-3x8_v111.rom.

Maybe SVI-328 needs SVI-902 floppy drive. But I guess that one is not emulated by openMSX.

Indeed, the SVI-707 is definitely not going to work with a SVI-3x8. You need something like the SVI-902 or the Super Expander I think.

By Manuel

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02-06-2018, 15:35

There is an expanded 328 machine config in openMSX with diskdrive included.

By msxholder

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02-06-2018, 16:33

The 328 plus an SVI 605 has the option to start SV extended Disk basic or CP/M
The 601 has this option too.

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