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VG 8000 / 8010

In 1982-83, Philips was working with Thomson on an European computer standard. As the project didn't make any progress, Philips left the project and joined the MSX standard.

The VG 8000, made in France, is the result. It is a very poor MSX computer and is not 100% compliant with the standard : no Centronics port, no Expansion bus, no Audio out, a poor keyboard and a non standard PAL connector. It was pretty expensive and didn't have any success. It was quiclky replaced with the VG-8020.

Notice that an intermediate model with more RAM (32k), the VG-8010, was sold in some countries. It was quite a different machine, and did quite well in the Netherlands.

The VG-8000 and 8010 were built in France (at the Mans by La Radiotechnique).


please help we have zx spectrum 48k and one 128k program running at 6mhz using external ram and snapper discs from velesoft site

Saturday 6th April 2013
Roger Jowett (Ulster Londonderry)
sam coupe


NAME  VG 8000 / 8010
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Netherlands
YEAR  1984
KEYBOARD  QWERTY / AZERTY, calculator type keyboard...
Cursor keys are very badly arranged
CPU  Zilog Z80A
SPEED  3.58 MHz
RAM  VG-8000 : 16 kb
VG-8010 : 32 kb
VRAM  16 kb
TEXT MODES  Mode 0 : 40 x 24
Mode 1 : 32 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  Mode 2 : 256 x 192 with 16 colors (Hires mode)
Mode 3 : 64 x 48 with 16 colors (Multi colour mode)
32 sprites
SOUND  General Instruments AY-3-8910 Programmable Sound Generator
3 channels, 8 octaves
I/O PORTS  2 cardridge slots
Tape-recorder connector
RGB video output
2 joystick sockets
PRICE  VG-8010 = 2290fr (France, september 85)

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