I'm looking for a Carnivore2 or Megaflashroom

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By AndreV

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22-04-2021, 10:51


Is in dutch you can use translate

By andallaco

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22-04-2021, 10:55

Wouldn't it be possible to disable the FM Pak on carnivore 2? The problem is in the higher FM audio covering the PSG, therefore inaudible ?? So, would it be enough to replace the audio capacitors in my 8280?

By AndreV

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22-04-2021, 11:04

I have also a nms 8250 with the audio fixed and converted to a msx 2+, the fixed msx has the audio ballanced between the pgs and scc/fm pac.

I don't know how to disable the fm pac, if thats possible.

By Pac

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22-04-2021, 18:00

One more audio fix for Philips NMS 82xx computers by Aquijacks.

By K72itNET

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22-04-2021, 19:44


Wouldn't it be possible to disable the FM Pak on carnivore 2?

Yes, it is possible

It has already been written ... Carnivore 2 has a stereo jack audio output. Use this connection instead of that of the MSX and solve the problem without hardware changes.

By meits

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22-04-2021, 19:47

You can disable the fm-pac on carnivore2 by removing the bios. You have to get your fm elsewhere then.

By Grauw

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05-05-2021, 11:10

@andallaco I think both MegaFlashROM SCC+ SD (512K version) and Carnivore2 are excellent cartridges and although there are some small differences between the two you should be happy with either.

For MSX novices I would caution against the SD-512 which can’t use the MegaRAM together with Nextor in machines without enough RAM. And the GR8NET is excellent in terms of features but not very beginner-friendly.

By andallaco

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05-05-2021, 13:03

Thanks for the reply, I was alarmed because I was told that the Carnivore2 has more problems than the cartridge shop MFR.

By bsittler

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05-05-2021, 17:47

I use and enjoy both but in my opinion if you get just one of those two it should be C2 because of both greater feature set and greater compatibility. You can replace its menu with one that works even on MSX models with strange split RAM layouts and it can work even with very little system RAM. Also FM with English translation of the FM-PAC BIOS is a nice bonus. Plus the ability to take over adjacent unused slots is really handy on machines with only one cartridge slot, or where using the other one requires an adapter you don't have/haven't built yet. Also the menu system and being able to choose different configurations using controller or keyboard completely spoiled me, I love it! Also there are multiple approved manufacturers of the device so usually at least one has some available stock

However both are excellent cartridges, neither choice is in any way bad. MFR is the first modern cartridge I got for my first MSX and I still use it especially on older hardware (I haven't managed to get it working on ocm clones yet but also it's arguable that it's redundant there in any case.)

As for SD-512 it's actually really handy in cases where I am trying to format an additional micro SD card and transfer over some system files and set volume label (OCM-SDBIOS needs to be the first FAT entry, for instance, and MSX-written volume labels are more reliable than PC-worm ones in my experience), but I agree the incompatibilities with low-RAM MSX models make it more of a niche option

Gr8net is also a nice option with excellent documentation and unique audio and networking features, and I found the documentation and BASIC help really nice, but it also has system requirements that make it compatible with fewer of the old or "unique" MSX models

Also imo you can't really go wrong supporting any of these hobbyist hardware producers. Every seller I've dealt with in the MSX community has been a pleasure to do business with, and in many cases they built the device themselves as a labor of love, and their care for this platform shows through

By Wierzbowsky

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05-05-2021, 17:46

Meits wrote:

You can disable the fm-pac on carnivore2 by removing the bios. You have to get your fm elsewhere then.

Removing the FMPAC BIOS will remove the possibility to use FM BASIC, the sound hardware will still work. If you want to disable the hardware, you need to edit the necessary configuration entry and to zero the 2 bits that are responsible for FMPAC hardware.

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