BITcom software for RS232 data transfer

BITcom software for RS232 data transfer

by JohnHassink on 30-04-2015, 13:14
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While creating a HBI232-MKII RS232 interface, Eric Boez and Eugeny Brychkov have developed a software to easily transfer files and data from a PC to an MSX with the RS232. This software is called BITcom. With BITcom you can:

  • Send pictures to the MSX screen
  • Send ROM or BIN files to the MSX memory
  • Send BASIC files
  • Send files to MSX Drives
  • Create script files on the fly
  • Upload files from the PC to the MSX

The software at least works with the Sony RS232 interfaces, but probably also with Spectravideo RS232 and possibly some others as well.

Relevant link: HBI232-MKII

Comments (8)

By mtn

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05-05-2015, 00:18

Im testing this software using another RS232-interface (Sanyo MRS001) and its atleast partly working for me Smile
I'll have to find a new PSU for the VSCom 8 port serial basterd -usb that I have connected to a laptop here, and also rule out some other stuff that might be interfering, but win-software doesnt seem to like win8 much.. cough, cough, linux version?

By ericb59

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05-05-2015, 10:04

Yep. My Windows application wasn't tested on Windows 8. Still i have not this OS available right now.
What are the problems ?

By Jipe

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05-05-2015, 14:02

@mtn:can you make a photo of inside your RS232 , i think i have one but miss box around

By mtn

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06-05-2015, 01:38

ericb. Well, yesterday I was able to use the function "SEND BASIC" from Win8 to MSX, but only that function. 2400/8N1 and 9600/8N1. The software crashed/hung after failing to send file(s) and most other stuff I tried.

But tonight, nothing works. And that is after checking cable and the PSU for the VSCOM 8port, using same COMINI-string etc.. I'll try to investigate further.

Jipe: I have taken a few pictures of front and back of the PCB, they are maybe too large for posting here so you give me a email-adress to send them to, please Smile

By ericb59

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06-05-2015, 08:21

I've updated BitCOM to V06d, pleae download the lastest version.
Perhaps it woks better with windows8.
As I have no Windows8 available here, I cannot test it on this OS. Sorry.
But It must not crash...

Also, I'm not sure this sofware may works with your serial nterface if it doesn't use the same ports as the sony interfaces.

By Jipe

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06-05-2015, 09:43

mtn : thanks for pictures , for my e-mail click on yellow Jipe at the top of my avatar

i try already BitCOM on Windows XP with my loose RS232 (think Sanyo ?) and don't work , it's ok with a SONY RS232C

By mtn

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06-05-2015, 11:11

ericb. Will test it tonight,

I've been comparing HBI232 (info from PDF) with the SANYO MRS001, I can post about it tonight if someones interested
Also dump the rom

btw, if anyone else wants those pics let me know-

now I gotta run to work

By mtn

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10-05-2015, 00:51

Using Sanyo RS232 I was able to transfer files from floppy B: (internal 3.5") to a virtual machine running Vista.
The rest of my drives are on MSX setup in MegaflashROM scc/sd, and both BitCom and also the MSX seem to freeze when trying to use the mfr scc/sd.. I will investigate further.

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