Hidden MSX hardware

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By Piter Punk

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08-03-2020, 02:51

Ok, besides the "Presenter" in the name of Taito's machine, it seems to not present anything.

By the Japanese video of it working and the unit examination, it's principal use is as some kind of lottery appliance. You can have it at your shop or party room and select customers to play and win some prizes.

The unit have another mode, called "Karaoke Linked", and... I don't know what it does. There are jacks labeled as "Karaoke Sound Input", but that's all.

I have another appliance that had some images "dancing" at the input sound rhythm. Maybe the Taito Presenter 2000 does the same, dunno.

By Piter Punk

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17-03-2020, 21:59

Finally got the Panasonic VW-KT300 Video Titler software running on OpenMSX!

It still isn't 100% complete, since I don't know yet how is the inner works of this appliance. The empty squares should have characters inside when working OK.

By now, I mapped the SYSTEM0 ROM segment to slot 0 address 0x0000 and the FS-VA1 full ROM (including SYSTEM0 segment) to the slot 3.3, using the Panasonic Mapper.

Also included the A1FX Kanji font and... that's all. The appliance itself have more Kanji ROMs ICs, 32KB SRAM and an Jisho ROM, I am accepting sugestions about how to map them.

By mtn

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19-03-2020, 16:09

Its nice to see my favourite blog updated once again! Cheers Piter Punk

By Piter Punk

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20-03-2020, 00:30

mtn wrote:

Its nice to see my favourite blog updated once again! Cheers Piter Punk

Thanks! With the current health crisis, I won the time traveling to work back to me. These additional personal hours are helping to update the blog! We need to take the best of every situation.

And I just did a new post. It gives more information about the VW-KT300 emulation and the process to get it working.

By barbeque

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16-07-2020, 06:04

I picked up an especially cheap XV-T33F from the auctions that had a socketed UV EPROM for a BIOS (label says "XV-T33; u2.0.3".) No second ROM is populated on my board; I assume the other one is for kanji or something for the Japanese market.

After spending a little more money on eBay, I located a copy of the UK service manual for the machine, which has many pages of pull-out schematics (missing from the PDF uploaded to archive.org, probably because they are extremely difficult to scan.)

I thought the large Sony gate array chip (MB620468) might contain MSX-Engine or at least i8255 PPI functionality, so I decided to transcribe the pin labels to a KiCad part to make it easier to check the pin names. Apologies in advance for the very tall image.

I'm not very familiar with the MSX architecture yet, but this chip looks pretty specialized to the application. The chip doesn't seem to line up with the pins described on an i8255 datasheet that I found. I'd be interested in hearing anything else that Piter Punk has found out about the titler!

By Piter Punk

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05-08-2021, 23:34

New hidden MSX!!! Hurray!!

New Jatre sold strip-rock-paper-scissors game machines. The mechanics are simple: you pay to play rock-paper-scissors with a girl and every time you win, the girl takes off a piece of clothing. The videos are astonishing good for a game machine of the 80s as they aren't computer generated, the strip-tease videos are from real women and played from videodiscs!

To merge computer generated graphics with videodiscs content, New Jatre chooses to use the MSX to power their game machines. One of these MSX computers is the one that I present here:

At the front you can see the two joystick ports and the cartridge slot. To avoid customers boredom there are a number of videodiscs, and to match the different video times and frame entries these videodiscs are paired with its own game cartridges. All this cartridges are MSX compatible. The cabinet controls uses the joystick ports.

At the back we have the cassette interface with a custom pinout, I believe it's attached to other cabinet equipment... the coin acceptor is a good bet. A connector to control de videodisc player, and the video/audio inputs and outputs.

The insides shows an MSX1 computer with a V9938 VDP. I already booted the machine and it uses an MSX1 BIOS + Pioneer P-BASIC ROM!! The next step is to dump the ROM and look inside for any clue about the manufacturer of this machine. By now, the only company names that I could found are Microsoft and Pioneer. And I know that it's used to play New Jatre's games. The New Jatre built this machine? Pioneer? Another company?

I will update here with what I found :)

And, of course, you can expect some posts at MSX Archeology, with a more extensive analysis.

By Pac

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06-08-2021, 12:00

Thank you for sharing this with us. One more hidden MSX for the wiki. Wink

By Grauw

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06-08-2021, 15:02

Piter Punk wrote:

New Jatre sold strip-rock-paper-scissors game machines. The mechanics are simple: you pay to play rock-paper-scissors with a girl and every time you win, the girl takes off a piece of clothing. The videos are astonishing good for a game machine of the 80s as they aren't computer generated, the strip-tease videos are from real women and played from videodiscs!

Neat stuff! Makes me I wonder what those graphics looks like. Purely out of academic interest, of course.

By hamlet

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06-08-2021, 17:48

Thanks Piter Punk! It is always a pleasure to read your blog.

By tfh

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06-08-2021, 19:14

Nice find! Smile
Would be nice if those games also surfaced and would become playable in OpenMSX.

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