Salora MSX

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By gdx

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07-09-2019, 18:40

So I was right to say that we should not make a wiki "Salora MSX" since it does not have a name, they are just presentation prototypes.

By mars2000you

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08-09-2019, 10:53

Wiki page updated with the three prototypes Smile

By Manuel

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08-09-2019, 16:55

That's good. But I propose not to include all details (slotmaps, exact Z80 used) that can also be found on the articles of the machines the prototype was based on. After all, we cannot be sure at all what the exact slotmap or Z80 is of these prototypes, so for me it doesn't make sense to mention all these specifics, especially as they are already in the articles of the original machines.

By mars2000you

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08-09-2019, 17:10

Ok. There are indeed more interrogation points that sure things with these prototypes, especially (but not only) with the 3rd one.

By gdx

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09-09-2019, 02:22

Maybe the title "Salora MSX prototypes" is more appropriate. (wiki)

By MP83

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10-09-2019, 03:00

I sent an inquiry to Salo Electronics Museum about Salora MSX. I'll update you with new information, if there is any. They did say that they will return to me shortly.

By NYYRIKKI

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10-09-2019, 08:42

Now that we talk about interesting Salora prototypes, I think their most famous prototype must be their "Pip-peli"... This was supposed to be Finland's first domestic gaming console not much different from any other AY-3-8500 based Pong-game clone.

It was just a simple metal box, but what made it stand out from any other competing Pong machine was the weird carrot reminding controllers and "Pip-peli" name... You can translate that name either "Bleep-game" or just "Penis"... As it also had selection switches like big/small, slow/fast and normal/swing you can be sure that receiving such box on a Christmas packet would have definitely caused some confusion about what kind of reaction training it is meant for. Smile Too bad they made only handful of those... I bet it would have been a successful product. Smile

By MP83

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16-09-2019, 19:40

I heard back from the Electronics Museum of Salo, Finland. According to Juha Roto's memory, Salora was going to decide on a Fujitsu computer with an added MSX port, but then Nokia prohibited them from doing that, because it would've competed too much with MikroMikko 1 and 2 computers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MikroMikko). There doesn't exist a prototype of this Fujitsu MSX.

In case you didn't know, Nokia bought Salora in 1984. Nokia's computer division Nokia Data was producing computers for the professional use at the time.

By mars2000you

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16-09-2019, 23:16

Thanks for these infos. I've updated again the Wiki pages.

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