Msx turbo-r fs-a1st motherboard versions?

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By popolon_

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09-04-2020, 07:52

Have there been MSX turbo-r FS-A1ST versions with and without RF output? Or what is this motherboard without RF output at all?

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By popolon_

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09-04-2020, 09:43

Added high res link.
https://msx.pics/image/Viqks

By dproldan

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09-04-2020, 10:26

That looks like a preproduction unit. There are many more changes compared to a standard A1ST, but the most interesting is the R800 IC in the bottom, on the left of the RAM. That kind of packaging is used during the development stages of new ICs.
Nice find!

By popolon_

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09-04-2020, 10:36

So if this is preproduction unit, is the 256K memory upgrade same as for normal unit? Or risk of damaging this unit? Anyway transformer change to 220v shuold not make harm?

By dproldan

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09-04-2020, 10:51

What you have is extremely rare. Companies only make 5-10 units of this kind during the development process and most of them are destroyed after the product goes into real production.
So, I wouldn't do any modification to it. Maybe the conversion to 220v if you're experienced with this stuff. The memory upgrade is a lot more delicate and invasive.
Try to dump the ROMs, as they are probably unique. Here are some instructions: https://www.msx.org/forum/msx-talk/emulation/dumpingreverse-engineering-msx

By PAC

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09-04-2020, 13:17

What's the S/N? Probably it will give us more clues... take a look:

https://www.msx.org/forum/msx-talk/hardware/how-many-turbo-r...

By popolon_

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09-04-2020, 13:47

There is no serial number at the back, just empty there.

By popolon_

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09-04-2020, 14:23

also the keyboard is not same as for production ?
https://msx.pics/image/Vi7CN

By Meits

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09-04-2020, 15:24

That's an MSX2+ keyboard. They were there before the grey turbo R ones. So either the grey keyboards did not exist yet, or the previous owner did a swap.

By popolon_

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10-04-2020, 08:58

Here is closer pic link from nec and r800 chip. Also white rom socket can be seen barely.

https://msx.pics/image/Vibdd

By popolon_

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13-04-2020, 20:15

I dumped the tc574000D rom chip, and according to Nyyrikki, it was same as production version.

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