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Hit-Bit 501

This is a quite particular MSX 1 computer as it has a tape-recorder built-in (BitCorder)with its own counter, and a kind of joystick screwable in the middle of the cursor keys, a bit like the Spectravideo SV-318.

Apart from that, it seems to be the same machine as the Hit-Bit 75. There is even the same built-in software (Personal Data Bank) composed of an agenda, a memo and an address manager, with which you can save your work with a special RAM cartridge.

The Hit-Bit 501 is the only MSX computer with the Sanyo PHC-30 to have a built-in tape-recorder.

As with all the Hit-Bits exported outside Japan, the last letter of the name indicates the country in which it was meant to be sold : HB-501F for France, HB-501D for Germany, HB-501P for PAL systems, etc...

Please consider donating your old computer / videogame system to or one of our partners from anywhere in the world (Europe, America, Asia, etc.).


Please correct the information about this MSX

1 - in the Keyboard section: It''s HB-501F not HB-75F.
2 - Also Hitachi H2 and Sanyo PHC-34 have built-in tape recorders.

Also add: The A/V output is DIN-6 (non-standard), and it''s carry STEREO audio outputs.

Saturday 26th July 2014
Werner Augusto Roder Kai (Brazil)

You seen anywere the name spectrum? this is about MSX, don''t expect anybody helping you... Retard.

Friday 2nd August 2013

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  Hit-Bit 501
TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  1985
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft Extended Basic (MSX Basic V1.0)
Personal Databank sofware built-in
KEYBOARD  QWERTY mechanical keyboard
AZERTY for the HB-75F
SPEED  3,6 Mhz
RAM  64 kb, 30 kb left for the programming
VRAM  16 kb
ROM  32 kb + 16kb for built-in software
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 joystick sockets
2 cardridge slots
RGB video output
Centronics interface
Monitor video output
BUILT IN MEDIA  Tape-Recorder (Bitcorder) with counter
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply
Track ball
Disk drive
PRICE  304 (France, december 85)

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