Philips VG-8010
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The VG-8010 is the second MSX computer released by the Dutch company Philips. Like the VG-8000, It has been manufactured in France (at the Mans by La Radiotechnique), but comes with more RAM: 32kB (not 48kB as indicated on the box and the machine by adding the VRAM).

It has the same defaults as it predecessor: no Centronics port, no expansion bus, no separate audio out, a poor keyboard and a non-standard PAL connector. The external power supply was provided with the computer - see Philips VU-0022.

This machine is available in 2 versions:

  • the International version (VG-8010/00) has a QWERTY keyboard and a silver top case, it was sold mainly in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany - this version was released in Italy as the Phonola VG-8010
  • the French version (VG-8010/19 or VG-8010F) has an AZERTY keyboard and a black top case - this version was also released as the Radiola MK 180 and Schneider MC 810

On both versions, the GRAPH and CODE keys work as toggles, just like the KANA key on Japanese machines.

It is possible to connect a printer, by first inserting the Philips VU 0040 cartridge.

Brand Philips (Manufacturer: La Radiotechnique)
Model VG-8010
Year 1985
Region Belgium, Germany, France and the Netherlands
Launch price BE: ??? BF
DE: 799 DM
FR: 2990 FF
NL: ƒ849
RAM 32kB in slot 0
Media MSX cartridges
Video Texas Instruments TMS9129NL
Audio PSG (AY-3-8910)
Chipset none (separate IC's)
Keyboard layout (VG-8010/00) QWERTY - (VG-8010/19) AZERTY - non-standard matrix in both cases
Extras Reset button
Emulation ROM dumped and emulated as respectively the "VG 8010" and "VG 8010F"


Philips VG-8010
Philips VG-8010 cartridge slots
Philips VG-8010 back
Philips VG-8010 label
Philips VG-8010 PCB
Philips VG-8010 manuals
Philips VG-8010 International box
Philips VG-8010/19 or VG-8010F
Philips VG-8010 French box


The VG-8010 is a MSX1 with a Z80 from SGS and without printer port. The cartridge slots are on top, hidden under a panel.

Slot Map

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


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