Tecnobytes is creating a new batch of GFX9000!

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By Pac

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29-02-2016, 18:39

Good news but I'm afraid that there won't be enough for all of us... those ICs are very scarce.

By Kai Magazine

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29-02-2016, 19:03

There are plenty of opl4 and v9990 chips on aliexpress at a very low price.
Right now there are 3 or 4 active opl4 cartridges manufacturers and none of them have supply problems.
I also found many v9990 chips on aliexpress, so let's stay positive Smile
Regarding the turbo z80, I really do not know, so I will not talk about those, but if the guys from tecnobytes are willing to spend months of work on developing an accelerator card and a new msx, I am sure they found a good supplier.

By ericb59

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29-02-2016, 19:29

Kai Magazine wrote:

There are plenty of opl4 and v9990 chips on aliexpress at a very low price.

Aliexpress or alibaba are not reliable places to buy these kind of rare chips !
First, there are a lot of bids, but when you want to buy they say they are out of stock.
Second, beware of fake chips ! I've lost a lot of money buying fake OPL4 chips and fake SCC chips !

By Kai Magazine

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29-02-2016, 19:38

The Spanish Rafa Bollero (the guy who made the cartridges for Life on Mars) is manufacturing opl4 cartridges with chips purchased from Aliexpress. So far so good.
Personally I purchased literally thousands of items from aliexpress (nothing msx related, I purchase from china and I sell worldwide) and you have to know who you can buy from.
Aliexpress has a reputation system similar to eBay. I would never purchase certain things from a buyer who does not have 900 votes and a 98% reputation.
Also, after years of dealing with the same sellers, you can learn who to trust and you can ask a particular seller to find a particular item for you.
I do not have such contacts since I never purchased anything msx related from aliexpress and my providers do not handle this kind of stuff, but the guy who purchased the chips for Rafa Bollero does.

By Kai Magazine

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29-02-2016, 19:42

Also, Aliexpress has a protection period similar to eBay and Paypal. If you recieve a fake product you can ask for a refund, and it works. The maximum amount of money you can lose is the shipping costs to return the fake product to the seller.

By Kai Magazine

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29-02-2016, 19:48

This is my aliexpress profile.
As you can see I placed 4760 orders, so rest assured that I know what I am talking about :)

By ericb59

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29-02-2016, 19:53

You have not to prove me anything Oscar.
I just want to warm you and other people there are a lot of fake chips.
If you find a good provider, it's good... Smile

By Kai Magazine

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29-02-2016, 20:00

I will not find or look for a msx hardware provider. I am busy enough trying to make software.
I just want to state that aliexpress is as safe or dangerous as ebay or many other sites.
It is good to know about the existance of fake chips thoug. I will let the hardware developers know. Thanks!

By Manuel

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29-02-2016, 21:32

Kai Magazine wrote:

Nevermind! I just found it!
Auto mapper does not work, I used mapper (page012) and it works!
Thanks!

Strange, it worked fine here.

By Pencioner

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01-03-2016, 11:11

So actually Technobytes only will produce 38 units? How do i know at the moment if i'll be in that list if i send money now? Is it yet available now?

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