Clones? Alternatives? (Diy boards too)

Por Brandon Jay Stickle

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02-03-2018, 12:11

Hello everyone
Last time I posted here I was asking about which machine I should grab or recommendations, sadly a long while has passed and I'm still without a machine. As a college student it's a little hard to gamble and just hope the few hundred dollar computer from the 80s still works as the listed seller says so.
Money's tight for now and i have been looking into alternatives of a msx (actually it anyone has any cool diy/built projects for any platform like apple 2 or commodore 64 etc that would be awesome) but it seems that not many hit success, I looked at the one chip MSX which is basically what I'm looking for but I assume will never find, anyone have any ideas? I have a few raspberry Pi's and I see that you are able to get OpenMSX on there but my linux skills are.. minimal and while I'm trying to learn it's difficult to find help on the topic.

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Por Pentarou

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02-03-2018, 12:42

Unless you want to use original cartridges, cheapest option would be to get an old laptop with integrated ATI vido card.

Por Grauw

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02-03-2018, 13:29

1chipMSX clones are still being produced by various parties fairly regularly under the name "Zemmix Neo".

Por Samor

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02-03-2018, 13:54

There were recently a few batches of Zemmix Neo's (OCM-like) from Spain (https://www.8bits4ever.net/), not in stock atm. but they might restock (I don't know for sure), you could ask them if they send them to the US.

That same company also sells an "ST Mini" which runs MiST firmware, which can run a variety of home computers including MSX, but it doesn't have cartridge slots.

There was even a game reader device that "runs" (dumps) cartridges on a pc, but it requires a legacy 32-bit Windows OS. You can perhaps find one second hand, but it's only interesting if you just really want to run/dump cartridges.

It all depends a bit on what exactly you want. The cheapest solution by far is running OpenMSX on... well, anything it can run on, and it's one of the best solutions as well since it's very accurate.

By the way, I don't think there's a dedicated MSX Raspbian build for the Pi like you have for Amiga (https://gunkrist79.wixsite.com/amibian) but that sure would be a cool thing to have.

Por Grauw

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02-03-2018, 14:09

Yes you can also run an emulator on Raspberry Pi (install openMSX directly or via RetroPie), that’s for sure a very cheap solution.

Por Wolverine_nl

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02-03-2018, 15:33

OpenMSX also runs on windows , so no need for linux skills LOL!

Por Brandon Jay Stickle

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02-03-2018, 16:13

Thank you for your comments everyone @Wolverine_nl sadly I want some sort of hardware that makes me feel like I'm not emulating the device, which the closest thing I can think of would to be put openMSX on my pi but the Pi has a very ugly splash screen each time you turn it on.

Por Brandon Jay Stickle

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02-03-2018, 16:16

@Grauw the Zemmix looks awesome and is basically the answer I wanted, but as you said it's out of stock, the price is Abit around a actual MSX too, might have to consider a MSX machine instead

Por Grauw

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02-03-2018, 16:33

Yeah I would just get a real MSX then Smile. If you’ve paid with Paypal and received a defective product, you can claim your money back.