is this a MSX?

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Por Manuel

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30-12-2014, 19:34

I can't read the text on the chips in that picture...

Por enribar

Paragon (1170)

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31-12-2014, 13:15

MSX Technology was everywhere! :-) MSX revolutioned the World Nishi

Por Piter Punk

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21-01-2015, 08:16

Take a look at MSX Magazine from Dec-1987, page 147. There is two pictures of this machine and we can read "MSX 2" in title and text body, but I can't understand japanese. If someone can translate the text... maybe this really is a MSX2?

Por anonymous

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21-01-2015, 08:58

Piter Punk wrote:

Take a look at MSX Magazine from Dec-1987, page 147. There is two pictures of this machine and we can read "MSX 2" in title and text body, but I can't understand japanese. If someone can translate the text... maybe this really is a MSX2?

Yes, according to the article this machine is an MSX2.

Por xperroni

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21-01-2015, 10:15

Quote:

Take a look at MSX Magazine from Dec-1987, page 147. There is two pictures of this machine and we can read "MSX 2" in title and text body, but I can't understand japanese. If someone can translate the text... maybe this really is a MSX2?

The page title reads "MSX2-based systems by Pioneer".

The first heading on the top-left reads "using an MSX2 for actual study". The text under it says a company called Oubunsha is developing a system (more like a setup combining existing hardware, really) for computer aided instruction. It says the "system" uses an MSX2 keyboard, but makes no mention of an actual MSX system. It also says the setup uses "state-of the art hardware from Pioneer", but again doesn't say what hardware exactly.

The heading below says "business-class laser disc player system", and the text following it tries to give an example of how the audiovisual capabilities of an LD-ROM-equipped computer could be put to use, to provide interactive information on destinations etc. at a travel agency. It asserts an MSX2 could be used in that kind of context.

The top-right column reads "MSX2-controlled screens at the pavilion". It says Pioneer had 24 laser disk players running at an exposition, controlled by an MSX2 system, but again doesn't way which. However the legend at the right side of the page (with two arrows pointing to pictures above and to the left of it) does state the "MSX2 system" used in the exposition was the UC-V102.

The lower half of the page discusses various video-related technologies, but as far as I got it nothing related to MSX specifically.

So in the end the article does say the UC-V102 is an MSX2, but does so only in passing. I'm not sure if this is reliable, kind of looks like the piece writer wanted to have wiggle room to retract this statement later if needed.

Por st1mpy

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21-01-2015, 10:24

is there a scan of the article please?

Por xperroni

Expert (83)

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21-01-2015, 10:34

There is a scan of the whole magazine here. Page 147 of the magazine is on page 165 of the PDF file.

Por st1mpy

Paladin (850)

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21-01-2015, 10:59

thanx

Por gdx

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23-01-2015, 00:13

JaviLM wrote:

Yes, according to the article this machine is an MSX2.

According to the article the UC-V102 form "O-THE System" is based on MSX2 hardware. We do not know more.
This is not a MSX2. There is no logo.

Por Piter Punk

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23-01-2015, 04:00

Frael BRUC100 doesn't have the MSX logo, but is a MSX. Philips NMS800 is an "MSX Compatible" with no logo (and no cartridge slots). The first batch of "Sharp Hotbits" came without the MSX logo. There are many MSX machines without MSX logo.

I partially agree with you, based in MSX2 hardware is different than "is a MSX". Someone needs to own one UC-V102 and run some tests (and open the machine) to see how much MSX it is (or isn't)

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