Al Fateh 100
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Description

Computer

The Al Fateh 100 is the Sakhr AX-170 rebranded for the Libyan market under the name of al-Fateh Revolution in Libya. The label on the underside does not hide its origin, as it indicates "AX 170 SKD".

This computer seems to be the Sanyo MPC-2 localised for Arabic countries with RGB output in addition. The PCB and components are not the same.

After booting without pressing the CTRL key, the computer will be in Arabic mode. In this mode:

  • the combination of the GRAPH key with an alphabetic key will display an MSX-BASIC instruction on the screen
  • the extra STAR key can be used in a similar way to the GRAPH key
  • some combinations can produce accented characters instead of MSX-BASIC instructions
Brand Al Fateh (Manufacturer: Sanyo)
Model 100
Year 1986
Region Middle East
Launch price
RAM 64kB in slot 3-0
VRAM 16kB
Media MSX cartridges
Video Toshiba T6950 Texas Instruments TMS9918 compatible (Integrated in MSX-Engine T7937A)
Audio PSG-sound chip General Instrument AY-3-8910 compatible (Integrated in MSX-Engine T7937A)
Chipset Toshiba T7937A
Keyboard layout QWERTY/Arabic
Extras reset button, Arabic BASIC, firmware (Calendar, Graphics, Arabic Writer, English Writer)
Emulation emulated as Sakhr AX-170 - ROM dump needed probably only for checking. See this thread for details

Firmware

This machine comes with version 1.01 of Arabic firmware, present on all Sakhr/Al Alamiah computers.

The firmware can be skipped by pressing CTRL key while booting and until you come on the MSX-BASIC screen. By doing that, the machine will be in International mode, the Arabic characters will not be available and also you get only one drive (the A: drive) if you have added external diskdrives.

This firmware adds Arabic characters, new MSX-BASIC instructions (see Arabic BASIC) and 4 applications. You can choose them in the menu with the keys 1 to 4:

  • Calendar - by comparison with version 1.0, it has been completely modified, as you can now also use it partially in English
  • Graphics, a graphic tool in screen 2
  • Arabic Writer (Word Processor)
  • English Writer (Word Processor)

These options remain unchanged on all MSX1 Sakhr/Al Alamiah computers.

If you press key 5 when you are in the menu, you will go to MSX-BASIC.

Going back to the menu is possible with CALL MENU or _MENU (don't use it if you are in International mode !).

Pictures

Computer

Al Fateh 100
Al Fateh 100 underside
Al Fateh 100 label
Al Fateh 100 left side
Al Fateh 100 back
Al Fateh 100 right side

Firmware

Arabic firmware version 1.01
Arabic firmware 1.01 menu
Arabic firmware 1.01 Arabic Calendar
Arabic firmware 1.01 English Calendar
Arabic firmware Graphics
Arabic firmware Arabic Writer
Arabic firmware English Writer

Specifications

The Al Fateh 100 is a MSX1. The Z80A, the VDP and the PSG are integrated in MSX-Engine T7937A.

The integrated VDP is the Toshiba T6950, which does not support some undocumented features of the Texas Instruments TMS9918, TMS9928 and TMS9929 VDP's.

Slot Map

Slot 0 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3-0 Slot 3-1 Slot 3-2 Slot 3-3
Page C000h~FFFFh Cartridge
Slot 1
64kB
RAM
Cartridge
Slot 2
Page 8000h~BFFFh Arabic ROM
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh

Connections