Input Device Tester for MSX-DOS

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بواسطة pastbytes

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صورة pastbytes

23-01-2023, 17:28

A few days before the end of 2022, I thought about making a port of my InDev Tester program, from Commodore to MSX. I had wanted to make a program for MSX-DOS for years, and also something that would display graphics, so it seemed like a good opportunity to experiment. After 3 or 4 days of drawing screens on a PC to see if it was possible to adapt it, and reading about the peculiarities and limitations of the VDP modes, which I didn't know, I started doing experiments in MSXDOS, taking advantage of the compatibility with CP/M, a system for which I had previously made some simple programs.
Yesterday I finally had the first complete version of InDev Tester MSX working. Now I will have to test it on different MSX models to see if everything is ok, since I could only test it on the OpenMSX emulator. The program allows you to test the complete keyboard, including the numeric keypad that some models have, the MSX joysticks (with 2 buttons), up to 12 standard paddles (not Arkanoid ones), and analog PC joysticks (with my adapter board).
It can be downloaded from the project site: http://www.pastbytes.com/indevtester/




InDev Tester MSX running on OpenMSX

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بواسطة Briqunullus

Hero (646)

صورة Briqunullus

23-01-2023, 18:40

Wow. Back in the days I have made a small joystick tester myself. I bet I'm not the only one on this forum. I think my program showed four arrow sprites and one or two button sprites. Nowhere near as sophisticated as yours. I like this, it's looking very neat! Immediate download for me.

بواسطة max_iwamoto

Hero (628)

صورة max_iwamoto

23-01-2023, 19:20

Relly cool.

بواسطة pastbytes

Rookie (32)

صورة pastbytes

24-01-2023, 11:06

Thanks, I needed a program to test my adapter to use analog PC joysticks on MSX computers. The adapter emulates paddles to allow adjusting the center of the joystick.

Star Soldier with PC joystick
PC joysticks on MSX

بواسطة Pencioner

Scribe (1546)

صورة Pencioner

24-01-2023, 12:11

Cool tool )
A note - some Panasonic models (MSX2+ and turboR) has additional key next to space - it is only used in the Panasonic software btw so it might be not worth adding to the program, but mentioned just so you know

بواسطة Wlcracks

Hero (545)

صورة Wlcracks

24-01-2023, 12:50

looks awesome, cannot wait to check this out on real hardware , the site seems very slow for me though.

بواسطة smx

Expert (72)

صورة smx

24-01-2023, 15:08

I can't download file

بواسطة pastbytes

Rookie (32)

صورة pastbytes

24-01-2023, 15:30

I uploaded it to the download database twice but I don't know if it has to be approved.

بواسطة pastbytes

Rookie (32)

صورة pastbytes

24-01-2023, 15:42

بواسطة tfh

Prophet (3318)

صورة tfh

24-01-2023, 16:27

pastbytes wrote:
smx wrote:

I can't download file

https://www.msx.org/downloads/input-device-tester-msx-v010

That link hasn't been approved yet it seems.

بواسطة pastbytes

Rookie (32)

صورة pastbytes

24-01-2023, 16:50

Google Chrome refuses to download it because contains a .com file, but then i downloaded it using wget on linux, so it's the browser that blocks .com files, even inside a .zip

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