About the 2 cartridge slots, of some MSX computers... 1 Cartridge slot could be used to insert a music-module or FM-pack, and then if you inserted a game-cartridge in slot 2, you had better sound/music with digital sound.
Thursday 4th January 2007
I love this machine! Spent a lot of time with it when I was 11-14 years old, even learned how to do Assembly on it...
At the time, PCs were slow in comparison. The Z80A had a lot of registers, which made it the most powerful 8-bit CPU ever. The 8080 and 8086 where much smaller and less versatile. Z80s are still used today, often in embedded systems, like network cards.
Friday 9th December 2005
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Microsoft Extended Basic (MSX Basic V1.0)
Full-stroke keyboard with 5 function keys and 4 arrow keys. 73 keys.
Video chip compatible with the Texas Instruments TMS 9918/A or TMS 9928/A (Japan : 60 Hz) or TMS 9929/A (Europe : 50 Hz)
32 KB BASIC/BIOS ( MSX BASIC V1.0)
Mode 0 : 40 x 24 Mode 1 : 32 x 24
Mode 2 : 256 x 192 with 16 colors (Hires mode) Mode 3 : 64 x 48 with 16 colors (Multi colour mode) 32 sprites
General Instruments AY-3-8910 Programmable Sound Generator 3 channels, 8 octaves
SIZE / WEIGHT
436 x 245 x 90 mm / approximately 3.6 Kg
2 x joystick sockets 2 x cardridge slots Tape-recorder interface (1200/2400 bauds) RGB video output RF & composite video output Centronics interface