MSX Bee Card Development Cards?

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By romanoaj

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01-06-2016, 15:08

Made a purchase on the Chinese auction site, Taobao this week for some Bee Cards, but I don't know quite what I bought. A worthy gamble.

Please see the video for details. Info appreciated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfVjXds_amA&feature=youtu.be

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By spl

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01-06-2016, 15:34

romanoaj wrote:

Made a purchase on the Chinese auction site, Taobao this week for some Bee Cards, but I don't know quite what I bought. A worthy gamble.

Please see the video for details. Info appreciated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfVjXds_amA&feature=youtu.be

Wow!! Do you have a Bee Card loader to test what's inside these cards?

By romanoaj

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01-06-2016, 15:41

Yeah. Used the Bee Pack and it only the BIOS loaded. Tested the Bee Pack with some published games to see if it working fine (which it was). The mystery continues.

By Guillian

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01-06-2016, 16:24

Try to dump the cards using SAVEROM
I.e.:
saverom card1.rom
Primary slot: 1 (or the slot where the card is inserted)
Select Type: Normal
Begind address: 4000
End Address: BFFF

By Wild_Penguin

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01-06-2016, 16:26

You say you are not comfortable with programming and know nothing about dumping, but are you comfortable at loading files onto your MSX and running MSX-DOS and Basic programs?

If so, I believe this set of utilites from this thread might com in handy.

More specifically, you might try to dump the ROMs with saverom.com, or run msxmem.bas without and with the B-card adapter inserted with the card(s), to see the slotmap and if a ROM is detected in them. (saverom.com can also display a slotmap, but not one as fancy as msxmem.bas does).

EDIT: Guillian beat me to it in mentioning saverom.com! :)

By romanoaj

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02-06-2016, 12:30

Awaiting further instructions.

By Wild_Penguin

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02-06-2016, 15:16

Romanoaj: we need to know what other hardware you have, and what you already have set up.

You need some kind of mass storage device on the MSX to run MSX-DOS (a floppy drive, MegaFlashRomSCC+SD, some other SD card interace, IDE interface ...). I haven't used the OneChipMSX, but IIRC it has an SD card reader, and an IDE emulator (EDIT: according to Google, it has an SCSI emulation in default config)

In that case it would probably be easiest to set up DOS on the OneChipMSX. Someone might step in who knows the specifics of the OneChipMSX.

In theory, you could load getrom.bin trough the cassette interface on the MSX and then try to dump trough the cassette interface by recording the output on a PC(or MAC or whatever more modern), but IMO this is the last resort (I'd look towards finding someone locally with more MSX hardware and experince than going trough the cassette interface route).

By Guillian

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02-06-2016, 15:42

  • Insert the Bee Card adapter in slot 1 a put the card you want to dump in it.
  • Boot in MSX-DOS / MSX-DOS 2.
  • Insert a disk or SD card with SAVEROM
  • Type: "saverom card1.rom" and press RETURN / ENTER key

Select these options:

  • Primary slot: 1
  • Select Type: Normal
  • Begin address: 4000
  • End Address: BFFF

You should have a file named "CARD1.ROM" in your disk/SD card.
Send us that file to examine it.

By romanoaj

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03-06-2016, 02:10

My apologies for the previous post. Your instructions were quite easy and clear. I thought the screenshots I took uploaded properly. (I wanted to show that I have successfully followed the instructions). Thank you both for letting me know how easy it would be to dump a ROM. (Did it onto an SD card using the 1ChipMSX with DOS2.)

Later when I am home from work I will upload what was on the cards (if anything). I noticed that all the files are 32,768 bytes, but that seems to be the case even if I save a ROM even there is in fact no ROM inserted in the slot so the size alone tells me nothing it seems.

By Guillian

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03-06-2016, 11:19

Yes, SAVEROM is reading the area from #4000 to #BFFF, that is #8000 bytes (32K), even if there is any cartridge inserted in the slot.

By romanoaj

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03-06-2016, 14:35

Guillian wrote:
    You should have a file named "CARD1.ROM" in your disk/SD card.
    Send us that file to examine it.

Okay. Emails have been sent. Happy hunting for something meaningful in there.

Cheers!

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