Philips VG-8230
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The Philips VG-8230 is the first MSX2 computer released by the Dutch company Philips. According to the Philips newsletter it became available in 1-1-1986. Although it does not have a NMS machine type label, it does have New Media Systems written on the top in full print.

This computer comes with a built-in single-sided disk drive. An external disk drive can also be connected at the back of the machine (e.g. the Philips VY-0011).

The keyboard angle is adjustable. The second cartridge slot on the back is by default closed with a cover, but can easily be used by removing the cover and screwing the supplied cartridge holder onto the computer.

It has only 64kB RAM, not 192kB as indicated on the machine and the box by adding the RAM to the VRAM amount. While 64kB MSX2 systems were common in Japan, this is one of the few European MSX2s with just 64kB of RAM, and as such lots of European MSX2 titles will not run on it without a RAM expansion.

Only one model, the VG-8230/00, was produced and sold in the Netherlands, where it was quickly replaced by the VG-8235 with more RAM (128kB). The VG-8230 has a QWERTY keyboard with £ key, which is unusual for Philips computers. However, there is also a prototype with a Japanese keyboard.

Brand Philips (Manufacturer: Kyocera)
Model VG-8230
Year 1986-1-1
Region the Netherlands
Launch price ƒ1949
RAM 64kB in slot 3-2
VRAM 128kB
Media MSX cartridges, 1DD floppy disks
Video Yamaha V9938
Audio PSG (custom chip integrated in MSX-Engine S3527)
Chipset Yamaha S3527
Keyboard layout QWERTY with a "£" key - prototype: QWERTY/JP50on
Extras 360kB 3.5" floppy disk drive, external disk drive connector, reset button, software on disks (disk 1: MSX-DOS 1 - disk 2: MSX Home Office - MSX Designer)
Emulation ROMs dumped and emulated

Floppy disks

The computer was provided with two floppy disks:

  • the first disk contains MSX-DOS1 with a text based menu driven interface

Note: the MSX Designer version provided with the VG-8230 does not include a demo mode, like it's the case with later versions provided with other Philips MSX2 computers.



Philips VG-8230
Philips VG-8230 PCB
Philips VG-8230 prototype
Philips VG-8230 box
Philips VG-8230 back
Philips VG-8230 right side
Philips VG-8230 manuals (+ disk)
Philips VG-8230
Philips VG-8230 label


Boot Sequence

VG-8230 Boot logo
VG-8230 MSX Basic 2.0



Loading doshlp
doshlp Dutch
doshlp Index

MSX Home Office

VG-8230 Main menu
MSX Home Office
MSX Home Office Cards
MSX Home Office Text
MSX Home Office Printer Settings

MSX Designer

MSX Designer
MSX Designer


The VG-8230 is a MSX2 with a Z80 from Zilog (Z8400APS) and the MSX-Engine S3527 from Yamaha.

The RAM is in slot 3-2. First cartridge slot is in front, second cartridge slot is in back.

Slot Map

Slot 0 Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3-0 Slot 3-1 Slot 3-2 Slot 3-3
Page C000h~FFFFh Cartridge
Slot 1
Slot 2
Page 8000h~BFFFh
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Disk ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM


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