Phonola NMS 8245
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Description

Computer

The Phonola NMS 8245 is the Philips NMS 8245/00 rebranded for the Italian market. It has a build-in double sided disk drive and 128kB RAM (not 256kB as indicated on the machine and the box by adding the VRAM).

Brand Phonola (Several clues suggest that mainboard is manufactured by Kyocera)
Type NMS 8245
Year 1987
Region Italy
Original price
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
Keyboard layout QWERTY
Extras 720kB 3,5" floppy disk drive, reset button, firmware on disks (MSX-DOS 1 - Ease - Designer Plus)
Emulation emulated as Philips NMS 8245 - ROM dump needed probably only for checking. See this thread for details

Floppy disks

Two floppy disks were provided with this computer:

- the first disk contains MSX-DOS1 with a text based menu driven interface

- the second disk provides

  • the multilingual office suite Ease, also known as Philips Desktop, that can be used in English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and French. It contains a Clock, Calculator, Notebook, Format Tool and 5 functions: Calcform, Charts, Database, Printer Tool and Word-Pro. Note that early units of the NMS 8245 were released with version 1.1 (with a weird green color scheme and no support for French), but the upgrade to version 1.4 was available for free.
  • a drawing program in screen 8, called Designer Plus , an improved version of the 'Designer' utility as provided with the VG-8230 and VG-8235. This version has support for a touchpad connected to general connector 2, while the demo part can be started by pressing F10 and will run full screen (you can leave the demo by pressing ESC, and then F2).

Ease is automatically launched except if you press CTRL+STOP when booting with the system disk in drive A. From the DOS command line, you can launch

- Ease by entering EASEXEC

- Designer Plus by entering DESIPLUS

You can also access Designer Plus from Ease by clicking twice on the disk A icon, and then on DESIPLUS.COM

Pictures

Computer

Phonola NMS 8245
Phonola NMS 8245 PCB

Software

Note: probably with menus in Italian for MSX-DOS (to be checked)

MSX-DOS

Loading doshlp

Ease

Ease version 1.4
Ease - Calculator
Ease - Notebook
Ease - Format Tool
Ease - Calcform
Ease - Charts
Ease - Database
Ease - Printer Tool
Ease - Word-Pro
Ease version 1.1

Designer Plus

Designer Plus
Designer Plus
Designer Plus

Specifications

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): http://gilbertomsx.altervista.org/nms8245/terzoslot/terzoslot.html (broken link)

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
Cartridge
Slot 2
128kB
Memory
Mapper
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.

Connections