Philips NMS 8245
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With the NMS 8245, the Dutch company Philips definitely decides to promote the New Media Systems (NMS) by abandoning the VG abbreviation. This machine is the cousin of the VG-8235, with 3 main differences:

  • The keyboard angle is no longer adjustable, but fixed and integrated to the computer
  • The build-in drive is double-sided instead of single-sided
  • The connector for an external disk drive has been removed

Like the VG-8235, this computer comes with 128kB RAM (not 256kB as indicated on the machine and the box by adding the VRAM). The second cartridge slot on the back is by default closed with a cover, but can easily be used by removing the cover and screwing the supplied cartridge holder onto the computer.

Three models were produced:

  • NMS 8245/00 for the Dutch and Belgian markets, keyboard layout is QWERTY
  • NMS 8245/16 for the Spanish market, keyboard layout is QWERTY with ñ key
  • NMS 8245/19 for the French market, keyboard layout is AZERTY

This machine was also sold in Italy as the Phonola NMS 8245. There is also a special version for Home Banking - see Philips NMS 8245 Home Banking.

Three system disks are provided with this computer, you can enjoy especially a drawing program in screen 8, called 'Designer Plus', an improved version of the 'Designer' utility provided with the VG-8230 and VG-8235.

Besides this tool, the system disks provide MSX-DOS1 with a nice interface and the office suite Ease.

Brand Philips (Manufacturer: Kyocera)
Type NMS 8245
Year 1987
Region Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Spain
Original price NL: ƒ1199
RAM 128kB in slot 3-2
VRAM 128kB
Media MSX cartridges, 2DD floppy disks
Video Yamaha V9938
Audio PSG (custom chip integrated in MSX-Engine S3527)
Chipset Yamaha S3527
Extras 720kB 3,5" floppy disk drive, reset button, software on disks (MSX-DOS 1 - Ease - Designer Plus)


Philips NMS 8245
Philips NMS 8245 Spain
Philips NMS 8245 France
Philips NMS 8245 inside
Philips NMS 8245 back
Philips NMS 8245 label
Philips NMS 8245 box front
Philips NMS 8245 box back
Philips NMS 8245 right side


The NMS 8245 is a MSX2 with a Z80 from Zilog (Z8400APS) and the MSX-Engine S3527 from Yamaha.

The RAM is in slot 3-2. First cartridge slot is in front, second cartridge slot is in back.

It's possible to add a third cartridge slot inside this computer (in slot 3-1):

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
Slot 2
Page 8000h~BFFFh Mirror
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Disk ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM
  • The Disk ROM is a 16kB ROM - 4000h-7FFFh. However, the FDC registers are visible in pages 1 and 2.