Panasonic FS-A1F
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Description

Computer

The Panasonic FS-A1F MSX2 is basically a FS-A1mkII with a built-in 3.5" floppy disk drive mounted on the front of the case, below the keyboard. The FS-A1F was available in black. It was aimed at the Japanese market.

Official price: ¥54,800

This model has also been released by Kawai under the name KMC-5000.

Brand Panasonic
Type FS-A1F
Year 1986
RAM 64kB in slot 3-0
VRAM 128kB
Media MSX cartridges, 2DD floppy disks
Video Yamaha V9938
Audio PSG (integrated in MSX-Engine S1985)
Chipset Yamaha S1985
Extras 720kB 3,5" floppy disk drive, MSX-DOS (on disk), DESKPAC firmware, reset button, pause button, Kanji-ROM level 1, Kanji driver ROM, Utility disk

Firmware

The firmware is launched automatically when you boot the machine. Bypassing this software on startup requires the user to press the DEL key during boot until a Beep sound.

The built-in firmware is a new version of the well-known Panasonic DESKPAC software (Clock settings, Screen adjust, Clock, Calendar, Calculator, Screen colors + 3 options that require the utility disk: disk tool, graphic tool in SCREEN 8, the application Word Processor, Address Book & Name Card).

Pictures

Computer

Panasonic FS-A1F
Panasonic FS-A1F back
Panasonic FS-A1F box
Panasonic FS-A1F PCB
Panasonic FS-A1F Motherboard and Disk Drive
Panasonic FS-A1F disk, cables, manuals

Firmware

DESKPAC Menu
DESKPAC Clock settings
DESKPAC Screen adjust
DESKPAC Clock
DESKPAC Calendar
DESKPAC Calculator

Utility disk

DESKPAC Disk tool
DESKPAC Word Processor, Address Book & Name Card
DESKPAC Graphic tool

Specifications

The Panasonic FS-A1F is a MSX2 with 2 cartridge slots (one at the top, one at the back), a Z80A from Zilog (Z08400-04PSC) and an MSX-Engine S1985 from Yamaha.

Floppy Disk Belt specifications:

Type: Rubber Belt
Thickness: 0.3mm
Diameter: 58mm
Width: 3mm

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
Cartridge
Slot 2
64kB
Memory
Mapper
Page 8000h~BFFFh Kanji driver A1 Cockpit
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Disk ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM

Connections

Fixes, Repair and Upgrades

  • During a floppy drive belt swap, You must not unscrew the optical sensor from the drive... instead you must unsolder it from the FDD mainboard, and slip the belt over the optical sensor.
Panasonic FS-A1F Disk Drive Pins requiring unsoldering
Panasonic FS-A1F Disk Drive before Belt swap

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