Philips VG-8230
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The Philips VG-8230 is the first MSX2 computer released by the Dutch company Philips. Although it does not have a NMS machine type label, it does have New Media Systems written on the top in full print.

This computer comes with a built-in single-sided disk drive. An external disk drive can also be connected at the back of the machine (e.g. the Philips VY-0011).

The keyboard angle is adjustable. 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.

It has only 64kB RAM, not 192kB as indicated on the machine and the box by adding the RAM to the VRAM amount. While 64kB MSX2 systems were common in Japan, this is one of the few European MSX2s with just 64kB of RAM, and as such lots of European MSX2 titles will not run on it without a RAM expansion.

Only one model, the VG-8230/00, was produced and sold in the Netherlands, where it was quickly replaced by the VG-8235 with more RAM (128kB). The VG-8230 has a QWERTY keyboard with £ key, which is unusual for Philips computers. However, there is also a prototype with a Japanese keyboard.

The system came with two disks, a system disk with MSX-DOS1 with a nice interface, and a disk containing both MSX Home Office (Address Book + Word Processor) and MSX Designer, a drawing program.

According to the Philips newsletter it became available in 1-1-1986. Introduction price: ƒ 1949.

Brand Philips (Manufacturer: Kyocera)
Type VG-8230
Year 1986
RAM 64kB in slot 3-2
VRAM 128kB
Media MSX cartridges, 1DD floppy disks
Video Yamaha V9938
Audio PSG (custom chip integrated in MSX-Engine S3527)
Chipset Yamaha S3527
Extras 360kB 3.5" floppy disk drive, external disk drive connector, reset button, software on disks (disk 1: MSX-DOS 1 - disk 2: Home Office - Designer)



Philips VG-8230
Philips VG-8230 back
Philips VG-8230 right side
Philips VG-8230 manuals (+ disk)
Philips VG-8230 label
Philips VG-8230 prototype


Boot Sequence

VG-8230 Boot logo
VG-8230 MSX Basic 2.0

Provided Software


VG-8230 Loading doshlp
VG-8230 doshlp Dutch
VG-8230 doshlp Index

Home Office

VG-8230 Main menu
VG-8230 Home Office
VG-8230 Home Office Cards
VG-8230 Home Office Text
VG-8230 Home Office Printer Settings


VG-8230 MSX Designer
VG-8230 MSX Designer


The VG-8230 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.

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
Slot 2
Bank 8000h~BFFFh
Bank 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Disk ROM
Bank 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM


  • RF output
  • SCART audio/video-output using RGB
  • CVBS connector for monitor
  • Tape recorder connector
  • External disk drive connector
  • Centronics connector compatible Parallel port for a printer
  • 2 general connectors (joysticks, mouse, paddle controllers, ...)
  • 2 cartridge slots (one closed off by default)