Al Fateh 123
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Description

Computer

The Al Fateh 123 is the Sakhr AX-230 rebranded for the Libyan market under the name of al-Fateh Revolution in Libya.

This computer is like the Sanyo MPC-2 localised for Arabic countries but the PCB and components are not the same. A RGB output has been added but a cartridge port has been removed.

Brand Al Fateh (Manufacturer: Sanyo)
Type 123
Year 1986-1992
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
Extras Arabic BASIC, Reset button, Firmware (Calendar, Graphics, Arabic Writer, English Writer), 15 educational games, 10 recreative games

Firmware

This machine comes with an 'enhanced' 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 and the Arabic characters will not be available.

This firmware adds Arabic characters, new MSX-BASIC commands (see Arabic BASIC), 4 applications and 2 extra options for MSX software. You can choose them in the menu with the keys 1 to 6.

The Calendar can also be used partially in English. Other 'normal' options are Graphics, a graphic tool in screen 2, and two Word Processors, Arabic Writer and English or French Writer. These options remain unchanged on all MSX1 Sakhr/Al Alamiah computers. Options 5 give access to 15 educational games, option 6 to 10 recreative games. If you add the 5 general options (including MSX-BASIC), you have a total of 30 programs.

If you press key 7 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 !). Note that in this case, you will go to the 'normal' Arabic firmware menu with only 5 options instead of 7.

Pictures

Computer

Al Fateh 123 box and content
Al Fateh 123 label
Al Fateh 123
Al Fateh 123 back
Al Fateh 123 underside

Firmware

Arabic firmware version 1.01
Arabic firmware 1.01 'enhanced' menu
Arabic firmware 1.01 Arabic Calendar
Arabic firmware Graphics
Arabic firmware Arabic Writer
Arabic firmware English Writer
Arabic firmware 1.01 English Calendar
Arabic firmware 1.01 option 5 submenu
Arabic firmware 1.01 option 6 submenu
Arabic firmware 1.01 'normal' menu

Specifications

The Al Fateh 123 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
Bank C000h~FFFFh Cartridge
Slot
64kB
RAM
Games
ROM
Bank 8000h~BFFFh Arabic ROM
Bank 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM
Bank 0000h~3FFFh

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