MSX Banzai! - V9990 Programmers Manual added

by Unregistered user on 16-10-2003, 03:29
Topic: Development
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Extending its development section, MSX Banzai! was updated today with a V9990 Programmers Manual. The author hopes it will be a valuable document for programming new GFX9000 games and applications. The Yamaha V9990 is the most advanced video chip for MSX computers. A completely working VideoCard, the GFX9000 is sold by Sunrise for € 134,-.

Relevant link: MSX Banzai! - The MSX Worshipping Shrine

Comments (10)

By Arjan

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16-10-2003, 12:03

GuyveR800, you rule!! This will definately be useful for our next project!

By snout

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16-10-2003, 18:24

Yeah this is very valuable information!!

By sunrise

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16-10-2003, 22:28

The videochip is the the V9990, the cartridge is ofcourse more then simply the videochip, it includes also the PCB,case, label, 512k VRAM .
Would be an expensive chip otherwise

By msd

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17-10-2003, 08:03

and the superimpose chip

By BiFi

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17-10-2003, 09:04

Good job, GuyveR800. Let's hope this will be the first step to encouraging people to develop for Gfx9000.

By wolf_

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17-10-2003, 14:38

hmm.. that gfx9000 is not that expensive, but you need a slotexpander these days to run all your expansions.. a CF reader, (and luckily I've internal RAM to run dos2), an opl4 .. and then my 2 slots are used.

If a game requires an opl4 AND a gfx9000, then I couldn't run it from a CF card. Wouldn't it be possible to make one big cart with evereything on it ? opl4 (+sram), gfx9000, CF, (future-)network, maybe some extra RAM for the msx itself.. ? Basicly this would be like a complete msx, which only needs the host msx for psu, input/output, (hard)disk access etc.

By Maggoo

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17-10-2003, 15:23

One thing I would have liked to see on the V9990 is to have the video output coming thru the MSX and not thru the cart itself because really, having to deal with 2 monitors or a switchbox is a real pain in the (*|*)

By anonymous

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17-10-2003, 19:24

wolf_: Get a slot splitter, both OPL4 and Gfx9000 are I/O based devices, so they can be connected to the same slot without problems.

maggoo: Video9000 does this, but it's unfortunately sold-out. Also the early v1.0 Gfx9000 had this functionality, but because of a lack of a GEN-LOCK, the image quality was bad. (washed out colors and horizontally unstable picture)

By msd

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18-10-2003, 13:04

Version v2.0 also has this functionality, but the "qualtiy" is even wurse then version v1.0. However it would be posible with only a few extra components to make it work like a scart switch.

By Alone

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12-12-2006, 20:56

Russian translation here: http://alonecoder.narod.ru/zx/books/V9990RUS.rar

We've translated almost everything but the phrase "When VRAM read address has been modified to prepare the VRAM address data at completion of data write to R#5, it must be written in R#5" :) It is so even in firm (Yamaha) manual. What does it mean?