Sony HB-F9P
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Description

Computer

The HB-F9P (P for PAL) was a computer made and released by Sony in 1986 for the European market. Spain had its own version, model number HB-F9S. There exists also a Russian HB-F9P with a JCUKEN keyboard, which is probably a prototype that Sony made for the USSR ministry of education to enter that market in the 80s (Yamaha won that deal). The manuals are translated for each country. The casing looks very similar to the Japanese HB-F5 that was released the year before, but internally it is a completely different machine.

  • The HB-F9P has no disk drive
  • The HB-F9P has two cartridge slots in the upper right corner

The power button is on the left of the machine, the reset button was located below the cartridge slots. The Russian version can switch between the English character set and the Cyrillic characters by using the CODE button.

Brand Sony
Type HB-F9P
Year 1986-11
Region Europe
Original price NL: ƒ799
RAM 128kB in slot 3-2
VRAM 128kB
Media MSX cartridges
Video Yamaha V9938
Audio PSG (YM2149 integrated in MSX-Engine S1985)
Chipset Yamaha S1985
Extras Firmware (Memovision office tool), reset button

Firmware

The HB-F9P (except the Russian prototype) has a firmware called MemoVision whose ROMs are located at slots 3-0 and 3-1. It contains some desk tools (calculator, calendar, timer and clock) and a family agenda. It has the possibility to select the display language: English, Dutch, French and Italian.

Bypassing the firmware requires the user to press the GRAPH key during startup until Beep sound.

MemoVision can save its data on three 3 media:

  • A battery powered SRAM cartridge (HBI-55)
  • On tape, by pressing SHIFT during boot
  • On disk by having a floppy in the drive while booting

Pictures

Computer

Sony HB-F9P
Russian Sony HB-F9P
Motherboard HB-F9P
Joystick connectors
Backside HB-F9P

Firmware

Main Menu (English version)
Desk Tools Menu (English version)
Main Menu (Dutch version)

Specifications

The HB-F9P is a MSX2 with a Z80A from Sharp (LH0080A) or NEC (uPD780C) and an S1985 MSX-Engine from Yamaha.

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
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM MemoVision 2 MemoVision 1
Page 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM

Slot Map for Russian model

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
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Mirror
Page 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM
  • Sub-ROM in Slot 3-0 is mirrored to 4000-7FFF.

Connections

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