Panasonic FS-A1mkII
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Description

Computer

The Panasonic FS-A1mkII is identical to the FS-A1 but with an additional keypad. It was aimed at the Japanese market and available only in black.

The computer comes with an external power adapter, it includes a pause button that allows users to pause the system at will.

Official price: ¥29,800

Brand Panasonic
Type FS-A1mkII
Year 1986
RAM 64kB in slot 3-0
VRAM 128kB
Media MSX cartridges
Video Yamaha V9938
Audio PSG (integrated in MSX-Engine S1985)
Chipset Yamaha S1985
Extras DESKPAC firmware, pause button, Panasonic FS-JS221 Joypad

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 the second version of the well-known Panasonic DESKPAC software (Clock settings, Screen adjust, Clock, Calendar, Calculator, 3 games, Screen colors).

Pictures

Computer

Panasonic FS-A1mkII
Panasonic FS-A1mkII back
FS-A1mkII & HB-F1 adapter

Firmware

DESKPAC Menu
DESKPAC Clock settings
DESKPAC Screen adjust
DESKPAC Clock
DESKPAC Calendar
DESKPAC Calculator
DESKPAC Game 1
DESKPAC Game 2
DESKPAC Game 3

Specifications

The Panasonic FS-A1mKII is a MSX2 with 2 cartridge slots (one at the top, one at the back), a Z80A from ROHM (BU18400A-PS) and an MSX-Engine S1985 from Yamaha.

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 1
Cartridge
Slot 2
64kB
Memory
Mapper
Bank 8000h~BFFFh A1 Cockpit 1 A1 Cockpit 2 A1 Cockpit 3
Bank 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM
Bank 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM

Connections

  • RGB output
  • RF output
  • Analog sound & Composite video
  • Tape recorder connector
  • Centronics compatible Parallel port for a printer
  • 2 general connectors (joysticks, mouse, paddle controllers, ...)
  • 2 cartridge slots

Fixes, Repair and Upgrades