Category:MSX Kanji Driver
This page was last modified 15:30, 16 August 2022 by Mars2000you. Based on work by Gdx.



MSX Kanji Driver a 16/32kB ROM that provides following functions. It requires an MSX2 or later. Kanji driver was optional up to MSX2+.

When two Kanji Driver ROMs are present, the newer version is installed. MSX Kanji Driver ROM is also called Kanji BASIC ROM.


Optional functions

  • JIS Level 2 Kanji-ROM support
  • MSX-JE support
  • If there are multiple Kanji drivers, the first slot has priority (except for MSX-DOS 2 cartridges after 2+)

Hardware with Kanji Driver

ASCII Japanese MSX-DOS 2 (1988)

Only Single Kanji Conversion using the JIS index. (No MSX-JE)

Sony HBI-J1 (1988)

MSX-JE is used.

MSX2+ (1988~)

Provided by Single Kanji Conversion dictionaries JIS1 and JIS2 on Sanyo MSX2+, MSX-JE on Panasonic and Sony MSX2+.

The Kanji Driver supports especially

  • YJK screen mode (SCREEN 10-12) on MSX2+ and higher
  • a few extra BASIC instructions on MSX2+ and higher
  • Matsushita specification for 12-dot Kanji display in 80-digit mode, available on following hardware:

The MSX2+ startup logo routine and data are stored in free space due to exhaustion of Sub-ROM capacity.

Notes about MSX Turbo R:

  • To support the DRAM mode, the first 16kB part of the Kanji driver is copied to the last segment of the primary mapper in the Sub-ROM at startup.
  • In FS-A1ST, part of the MSX Turbo R startup logo program has moved to the free space of MSX-MUSIC in slot 0-2 due to the exhaustion of Kanji driver capacity.
  • In FS-A1GT, part of the MSX Turbo R startup logo program has moved to the dedicated area of ​​slot 0-3 due to the exhaustion of MSX-MUSIC capacity with the addition of MSX-MIDI support

Pages in category "MSX Kanji Driver"

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