Sony datacartridge

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Hero (570)

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20-02-2004, 19:51

I've a Sony datacartridge, but i don't have the usermanual.
Who can help me with a scan from that manual?

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Van djh1697

Paragon (1636)

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20-02-2004, 20:16

I don't have a copy of the manual for the Sony Databank, if memory serves it is for use with the built in organiser on the Sony MSX machines (e.g. HB75) the cartridge does not contain the MSX logo, so it will not work with all MSX machines.

I think at one time some one wrote a utility so you could use it with any MSX machine.

Van BiFi

Enlighted (4348)

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20-02-2004, 20:41

It will work on other MSX machines, as long as you know how to access it. But indeed, it's intended to use with the database application built in several Sony MSX computers. Some of them also has the CAT: device which enables you to store any data on it.

Van MSXHinter

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22-02-2004, 13:38

I have put the scans of the english part put on new "test" site at http://home.tiscali.nl/msxhinter/ it is in pdf format.

I could not get it on Funet, I tried, but got an error about being a read-only file :-?
Good luck with it

Van legacy

Hero (570)

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22-02-2004, 16:01

I have put the scans of the english part put on new "test" site at http://home.tiscali.nl/msxhinter/ it is in pdf format.

Thanks a lot, You make my day

Van ms

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13-03-2004, 20:51

You can store any data file (up to 8KB or 64KB depending on the type) on this Ram using "SAVE CAT:" command.

Van ms

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14-03-2004, 16:43

Found some technical info on the datacartridge from my personal archive this afternoon:

10 ' Write value &H78 to address &H0C12
20 OUT &HB3, &H80 ' Set RAM to write mode
30 OUT &HB0, &H12 ' low byte of address
40 OUT &HB1,&H40 + &H0C ' high byte of address + &H40 to set this address
50 OUT &HB2, &H78 ' Save data byte
60 ' Read value from address &H0C12
70 OUT &HB3, &H89 ' Set RAM to read mode
80 OUT &HB0, &H12 ' low byte of address
90 OUT &HB1, &HCO + &H0C ' high byte of address + &HC0 to set this address
100 PRINT IN(&HB2) ' display data value &H78

Note: All Sony applications start at the end of the memory (&H0FFF for 4 KB cartridge) and work their way down. Not sure why, except for the fact that address 0 is always readonly (returns SRAM identifier). Also, when you save a file using SAVE "CAT:", the file is saved in reversed order.

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Hero (570)

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14-03-2004, 18:39

Found some technical info on the datacartridge from my personal archive this afternoon:

Thanks a lot. I'v put it on my archief to

Van Manuel

Ascended (18789)

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14-03-2004, 22:05

Found some technical info on the datacartridge from my personal archive this afternoon:

Thanks to your info, Wouter succeeded in implementing emulation for this device in openMSX. It was implemented before, but it didn't work yet properly. It does now Smile Yay!

Van elements

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19-10-2004, 17:18

is it also posssible to use sony data catridge with organiser of msx2 sony hb-f9p?

Van Repair-Bas

Paragon (1154)

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19-10-2004, 20:48

The data cartridge does not work with the internal HB-F9* program.
This program uses the drive or datarecorder.

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