Philips VG-8235
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The VG-8235 is a computer made by NEC for the Dutch company Philips. For its release, Philips presented the VG-8235 as the first link of their audio-video-micro concept, being able to use the newly announced CD-i system, but few VG-8235 were ever actually seen connected to a CD-i. Although it's not a NMS machine, this label is indicated in full letters on the machine as New Media Systems.

It is the successor of the short-lived VG-8230, which only had 64kB RAM and an QWERTY keyboard with £ key, which is unusual in the Philips computers. The VG-8235 comes with 128kB RAM (not 256kB as indicated on the machine and the box by adding the VRAM).

Various models of the VG-8235 were produced:

  • VG-8235/00 first model with MSX-BASIC 2.0, keyboard layout is QWERTY
  • VG-8235/02 for the German market with MSX-BASIC 2.0, keyboard layout is QWERTZ
  • VG-8235/16 for the Spanish market with MSX-BASIC 2.0, keyboard layout is QWERTY with ñ key
  • VG-8235/19 for the French market with MSX-BASIC 2.0, keyboard layout is AZERTY
  • VG-8235/20 revised model with MSX-BASIC 2.1, keyboard layout is QWERTY
  • VG-8235/22 and /29 revised models for the German market with MSX-BASIC 2.1, keyboard layout is QWERTZ
  • VG-8235/36 revised model for the Spanish market with MSX-BASIC 2.1, keyboard layout is QWERTY with ñ key
  • VG-8235/39 revised model for the French market with MSX-BASIC 2.1, keyboard layout is AZERTY

This machine was sold in Italy as Phonola VG-8235.

Like its predecessor, the VG-8235 has a single sided disk drive, in contrast with its successors and most other popular MSX2 models in Europe that featured double sided disk drives. An external disk drive can also be connected at the back of the machine.

The keyboard is adjustable in height. The second cartridge slot is optional as it is closed off by default but can easily be enabled by screwing the supplied cartridge holder onto the back of the computer.

Two system disks are included with this computer, you can enjoy especially a drawing program in screen 8, called 'Designer', which includes a demo mode: click 2 times on the last icon to launch it, press CTRL+STOP to quit it.

Besides this tool, the system disks provide MSX-DOS1 with a nice interface and MSX Home Office (Address Book + Word Processor).

The VG-8235 was followed by the NMS 8245, which features a new case, a fixed keyboard and a double sided disk drive.

Brand Philips (Manufacturer: NEC)
Type VG-8235
Year 1986
RAM 128kB 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, firmware on disks (MSX-DOS1 - Home Office - Designer)


Philips VG-8235
Philips VG-8235 back
Philips VG-8235 right side
Philips VG-8235 France
Philips VG-8235 Spain
Philips VG-8235 box front
Philips VG-8235 Germany
Philips VG-8235 label
VG-8235/20 mainboard
Philips VG-8235 box back


The VG-8235 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 Mirror
Bank 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Disk ROM
Bank 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM
  • The Disk ROM is a 16kB ROM - 4000h-7FFFh, which is mirrored to 8000h-BFFFh


  • 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)