Category:Sony HB-F500
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Description

The HB-F500 is the first MSX2 Sony computer released by Sony as part of a series with a professional looking design. The following models exist:

Product Region Year PSU Keyboard Video and audio out Expansion
Sony HB-F500 JP 1985 100V QWERTY w/JP ANSI Composite A+V, RGB21 2 Cartridges
Sony HB-F500F FR 1986 220V AZERTY RGB DIN 3 Cartridges
Sony HB-F500P Europe 1986 220V QWERTY with £ key Composite V+A DIN, RGB DIN 3 Cartridges


All models are available only in white. They have a 720kB 3,5" floppy disk drive and a separate keyboard. The Japanese keyboard has half of the keys with kanas in gray.

The Japanese model has a Kanji ROM which was removed on the international models that have a third cartridge slot.

Several programs are provided on a single floppy disk with the Japanese computer: Kanji Memo which also included a calendar, calculator, timer and a clock. With the European models you got a MSX-DOS disk instead.

Note about the Japanese HB-F500: There is no separate MSX-DOS 1 disk coming with this computer. We don't know whether the application disk includes it, as the exact contents of this disk is presently unknown.

There are two versions of the Japanese machine. The second version fixes a problem in the first version which occurred because the RAM was divided over two different subslots.

The international models are based on the first version of the HB-F500. The aforementioned problem was only fixed with the release of the HB-F700, a machine not released in Japan.

Brand Sony
Type HB-F500 / HB-F500F / HB-F500P
Year 1985 (HB-F500), 1986 (HB-F500F / HB-F500P)
Region HB-F500: Japan
HB-F500F: France
HB-F500P: Europe
Original price JP: ¥128,000
NL: ƒ2500
RAM 64kB in slot 3-2 (HB-F500 second version) - split between slots 0-0 and 0-2 (other models)
VRAM 128kB
Media MSX cartridges, 2DD floppy disks
Video Yamaha V9938
Audio PSG (YM2149 integrated in MSX-Engine S3527)
Chipset Yamaha S3527
Extras One 720kB 3.5" floppy disk drive, reset button, (only HB-F500) Kanji MEMO on floppy disk + Kanji-ROM level 1, (only HB-F500F and HB-F500P) MSX-DOS 1 on disk, third cartridge slot
Emulation ROMs dumped and emulated for the HB-F500P version. ROM dumps needed for the HB-F500 and HB-F500F versions. See this thread for details. In addition dumps are needed of the system disk for all models.

Pictures

Check also the pages about the different models!

Sony HB-F500
Sony HB-F500 mainboard
Sony HB-F500P
Sony HB-F500 keyboard
Sony HB-F500 back
Sony HB-F500P back
Sony HB-F500F back

Specifications

The HB-F500 is an MSX2 with a Z80A from Sharp (LH0080A) and an MSX-Engine S3527 from Yamaha. Floppy Disk Controller chip is the CXD-1032Q (Sony).

In the first version of the Japanese model and on the international models, the 64kB RAM is divided in two blocks of 32kB each in slots 0-0 and 0-2, a configuration that can cause poorly written software to crash. Also, due to this layout, entering POKE-1,(15-PEEK(-1)\16)*17 to work around buggy software that does not handle subslots properly will not work on this machine. So try BMMS instead if you have a memory expansion with Memory Mapper.

In the second version of the Japanese model, slot 3 is expanded instead of slot 0 and the 64kB RAM is in slot 3-2.

Slot Map for 1st Gen HB-F500

Slot 0-0 Slot 0-1 Slot 0-2 Slot 0-3 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Page C000h~FFFFh Upper
32kB RAM
Cartridge
Slot 1
Cartridge
Slot 2
Page 8000h~BFFFh
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Disk ROM Lower
32kB RAM
Page 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM

Slot Map for 2nd Gen HB-F500

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

Slot Map for HB-F500F & HB-F500P

Slot 0-0 Slot 0-1 Slot 0-2 Slot 0-3 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Page C000h~FFFFh Upper
32kB RAM
Cartridge
Slot 1
Cartridge
Slot 2
Cartridge
Slot 3
Page 8000h~BFFFh
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Disk ROM Lower
32kB RAM
Page 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM

Connections

External links

Pages in category "Sony HB-F500"

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