Sakhr AH-200
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Description

Computer

Sakhr Computers was a Kuwaiti company that was selling MSX computers imported from Japan in all of the Arab countries. These MSX were localized by Al Alamiah (the parent company at that time) and rebranded for the Arabic market.

The Sakhr AH-200 is the Hitachi MB-H21 localised for Arabic countries. The Japanese firmware has been replaced by a different firmware, introduced by a bilingual menu (English and Arabic).

Brand Sakhr (Manufacturer: Hitachi)
Type AH-200
Year 1985
Region Middle East
Original price
RAM 32kB (? in slot 0)
VRAM 16kB
Media MSX cartridges
Video Texas Instruments TMS9929ANL
Audio PSG (AY-3-8910)
Chipset none (separate IC's)
Extras Arabic BASIC, Firmware (Calendar, Graphics, Arabic Writer, English Writer), CPU speed controler switch

Firmware

This machine comes with version 1.0 of Arabic firmware, present on all Sakhr/Al Alamiah computers. The firmware can be skipped by pressing CTRL key while booting and until you come on the MSX-BASIC screen. By doing that, the machine will be in International mode, the Arabic characters will not be available and also you get only one drive (the A: drive) if you have added external diskdrives.

This firmware adds Arabic characters, new MSX-BASIC commands (see Arabic BASIC) and 4 applications. You can choose them in the menu with the keys 1 to 4.

The Calendar is only in Arabic language and has two options (Monthly Calendar and Daily Calendar), it will be completely different in higher versions of the firmware. Other options are Graphics, a graphic tool in screen 2, and two Word Processors, Arabic Writer and English Writer. These options remain unchanged on all MSX1 Sakhr/Al Alamiah computers.

If you press key 5 when you are in the menu, you will go to MSX-BASIC. Going back to the menu is possible with CALL MENU or _MENU (don't use it if you are in International mode !).

Pictures

Computer

Sakhr AH-200
Sakhr AH-200 speed control switch
Sakhr AH-200 label
Sakhr AH-200 general ports
Sakhr AH-200 back
Sakhr AH-200 left side

Firmware

Arabic firmware version 1.0
Arabic firmware 1.0 menu AH-200
Arabic firmware 1.0 Calendar submenu
Arabic firmware 1.0 Calendar 1
Arabic firmware 1.0 Calendar 2
Arabic firmware Graphics
Arabic firmware Arabic Writer
Arabic firmware English Writer

Specifications

The AH-200 is a MSX1 with a CPU speed controler for slow games execution. The CPU is a Z80A from Sharp (LH0080A).

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