MSX-BASIC Not working on my Panasonic FS-A1F..

Por Ninja_Kurosai

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26-06-2015, 16:37

I bought an FS-A1F off of eBay a week or two ago, and the seller said they had not tested the floppy drive, which I assumed meant it was broken. So I got the machine and booted it up. BIOS loads and the main screen comes up fine. Go to load BASIC and it works fine!

However, when I put in the MSX-DOS floppy that was included with the computer, then press 4 to load the disk, the computer sits still as the floppy drive light comes on and stays on. After about a minute or so, the computer resets. Now whenever I try to run BASIC, the computer boots into a blank blue screen and does nothing more. HELP!! Sad

And how could I repair my floppy drive? Would it be better to just invest in an SCC flash cart? Thanks everyone! Question

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Por Grauw

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26-06-2015, 19:04

After booting has completed, type blindly: COLOR 15,4,4 followed by the return key. If that helps, then type SET SCREEN to store the setting (assuming battery cell works).

Nonfunctional floppy drive in Panasonic models is often due to worn drive belts (they turn to a tar-ish goo). You can find replacements ones in the trading forum here and on eBay. Bas also sells them I think.

Por Jipe

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27-06-2015, 11:54

shift + F1 is same of COLOR 15,4,4 and more easy Wink

Por gdx

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27-06-2015, 12:46

This belt is the same that the belt in the FDD of Panasonic MSX2+ / MSX Turbo R.

http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/dcc13579/39197759.html

Por Ninja_Kurosai

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09-07-2015, 15:26

Thanks for the responses guys! I am at work atm but will try the color command as soon as I get home.

Went ahead and bought a MegaFlashRom SCC+ for the heck of it, along with a new rubber belt for the floppy drive. So either way I'll be good to go soon enough. LOL!

Por NYYRIKKI

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09-07-2015, 16:07

Jipe wrote:

shift + F1 is same of COLOR 15,4,4 and more easy Wink

Even more simple idea is to boot the computer with [Esc]-key down... This will cause all default values restored... How ever this is expecting that the disk caused the problem and not a hardware malfunction.

Only programs I know to cause this kind of problems are Kai Magazine games.

Por Ninja_Kurosai

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13-07-2015, 15:24

So I tried the various color commands and none have worked. Also tried shift+F1; this flashes the screen a light green color real quick, but then returns to the blank blue screen. Afterward nothing works, not even the same command again! I'm at a total loss now. I still have the MSX-DOS system disk that came with the computer but I am stuck with a non-functioning FDD, even after replacing the belt...that's another topic though XD

Por Ninja_Kurosai

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14-07-2015, 00:10

Sorry for the double post, but I got it working!

I have to disconnect the FDD, and when holding ESC and booting BASIC from the main menu, I see the blue screen come up and after a few flashes, everything runs like normal.

Unfortunately, whenever I re-connect the FDD, no amount of key presses will get it running Sad

Por Grauw

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14-07-2015, 00:15

Have you tried inspecting the FDD connector, and jiggling it around a bit while it’s off and then turning it on again? Try that a couple of times. Corrosion could prevent a good connection from forming, it often occurs with cartridges and this tends to help (though it’s not a reliable solution).

Por Jipe

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14-07-2015, 12:24

try to insert a formated floppy before switch your MSX and see if you have basic
old time i have this problem with replace the original broken drive by another model