Talent TPC-310
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Description

Computer

The Talent TPC-310 is the most ambitious MSX computer released in Argentina, it's a MSX2 that is ready to be combined with a digitizer/superimposer module. As its little brothers TPP-311 and TPS-312, it has been completely manufactured by the Telemática/Talent association, without any help from Daewoo.

This machine has a special feature: If you keep LeftCTRL pressed, and enter numbers that correspond to the ASCII number of a character, you get this character on the screen.

Brand Talent
Type TPC-310
Year 1987
Region Argentina
Original price
RAM 128kB in slot 1
VRAM 128kB
Media MSX cartridges
Video Yamaha V9938
Audio PSG (YM2149 integrated in MSX-Engine S1985)
Chipset Yamaha S1985
Keyboard layout QWERTY with "ñ" and accents keys
Extras color bus (for digitizing/superimposing with external module), TURBO BASIC 1.0, Accessories firmware
Emulation ROMs dumped and machine emulated (except for the color bus), but the non-standard bus connector is emulated as a normal second cartridge slot

Firmware

This computer comes with 2 built-in software applications:

  • the Turbo BASIC compiler (also known as X-BASIC) 1.0 that can be used in MSX-BASIC programs to make them faster by adding CALL TURBO OFF, CALL TURBO ON and CALL BC to the BASIC instructions
  • the Accessories software that can be launched by pressing LeftCTRL + LeftSHIFT: Settings, Scientific Calculator, Clock, Fifteen puzzle game, Calendar

Due to an incorrect initialisation of the S1985 memory by the built-in software, the cursor does not move the first time that you launch the Accessories software. The solution is simple: after this first attempt, reboot the computer, then relaunch the firmware.

An easter egg is hidden in the Accessories software: before selecting an option, move the cursor to the lower right part of the screen, then press the spacebar. If you are on the right location, you will see the names and visages of the Telemática team.

Pictures

Computer

Talent TPC-310
Talent TPC-310 back
Talent TPC-310 right side
Talent TPC-310 inside
Talent TPC-310 label
Talent TPC-310 box
Talent TPC-310 with manual

Firmware

Talent TPC-310 Accessories menu
Talent TPC-310 Accessories - Settings
Talent TPC-310 Accessories - Calculator
Talent TPC-310 Accessories - Clock
Talent TPC-310 Accessories - Puzzle
Talent TPC-310 Accessories - Calendar
Talent TPC-310 Accessories - Easter Egg

Specifications

The Talent TPC-310 is a MSX2 with a Z80A from SGS (Z8400AB1) and an MSX-Engine S1985 from Yamaha. Models using a Mostek Z80 CPU also exist.

Slot Map

Slot 0 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3-0 Slot 3-1 Slot 3-2 Slot 3-3
Page C000h~FFFFh 128kB
Memory
Mapper
Cartridge
Slot
Expansion
Bus
Page 8000h~BFFFh
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Turbo BASIC Accessories
Page 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM

Connections

  • RF output
  • RGB output
  • Centronics compatible Parallel port for a printer
  • Tape recorder connector
  • 2 general connectors (MSX joysticks, mouse, paddle controllers, ...)
  • 1 cartridge slot
  • 1 expansion bus slot
  • 1 color bus connector, meant for the TVD-256 video digitizer/superimposer

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