Philips VG-8235
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The VG-8235 is a computer made by NEC for the Dutch company Philips. Although it does not have a NMS machine type label, it does have New Media Systems written on the top in full print.

For its release, Philips presented the VG-8235 as the first link of their audio-video-micro concept, being able to use the newly announced CD-i system, but few VG-8235 were ever actually seen connected to a CD-i.

It is the successor of the short-lived VG-8230, which only had 64kB RAM. The VG-8235 comes with 128kB RAM, not 256kB as indicated on the machine and the box by adding the RAM to the VRAM amount.

Nine variations of the VG-8235 were produced:

Product Region Keyboard MSX-BASIC
VG-8235/00 NL, BE QWERTY 2.0
VG-8235/02 DE QWERTZ 2.0
VG-8235/16 ES QWERTY with ñ key 2.0
VG-8235/19 FR, BE AZERTY 2.0
VG-8235/20 NL, BE QWERTY 2.1
VG-8235/22 DE QWERTZ 2.1
VG-8235/29 DE QWERTZ 2.1
VG-8235/36 ES QWERTY with ñ key 2.1
VG-8235/39 FR, BE AZERTY 2.1

Belgium is a country with 3 official languages: Dutch - French - German. With exception for the NMS 8220 and the NMS 8280 only available in the Dutch version, also in the French speaking part (Wallonia), all the Philips MSX computers released in Belgium were different according it was in Flanders (Dutch) or in Wallonia (French).

This machine was also sold in Italy as the Phonola VG-8235 or directly as Philips VG-8235.

The difference between MSX-BASIC 2.0 and 2.1, is that 2.1 has a boot splash screen that prints 128kB RAM (regardless of how much RAM the system actually has), and that it supports a Memory Disk (CALL MEMINI) up to 90kB, compared to the 32kB of older and newer MSX-BASIC versions.

Like its predecessor, the VG-8235 has a single sided disk drive, in contrast with its successors and most other popular MSX2 models in Europe that featured double sided disk drives. An external disk drive can also be connected at the back of the machine.

The keyboard angle is adjustable. The second cartridge slot is optional as it is closed off by default but can easily be enabled by screwing the supplied cartridge holder onto the back of the computer.

The VG-8235 was followed by the NMS 8245, which features a new case, a fixed keyboard and a double sided disk drive.

Brand Philips (Several clues suggest that mainboard is designed by NEC and manufactured by Kyocera)
Model VG-8235
Year 1986
Region Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain
Launch price
RAM 128kB 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 see table above
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 for /00, /20 and /39 versions have been dumped and emulated. For the other versions ROM dumps are needed. See this thread for details.

Floppy disks

The computer was provided with two floppy disks:

  • the first disk contains MSX-DOS1 with a text based menu driven interface
  • the second disk contains both MSX Home Office (Address Book + Word Processor) and MSX Designer, a drawing program in screen 8, which includes a demo mode: click 2 times on the last left icon to launch it, press CTRL+STOP to quit it.



Philips VG-8235
Philips VG-8235 back
Philips VG-8235 right side
VG-8235 package (+ joystick)
Philips VG-8235 label
Philips VG-8235 Germany
Philips VG-8235 France
Philips VG-8235 Spain
VG-8235/20 PCB
Philips VG-8235 box front
Philips VG-8235 disks
Philips VG-8235 box back
VG-8235 Dutch manuals
VG-8235 French package (+ mouse)


Boot Sequence 2.0

VG-8235/00 Boot logo
VG-8235/00 MSX Basic 2.0

Boot Sequence 2.1

VG-8235/20 Boot logo
VG-8235/20 MSX Basic 2.1



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doshlp Dutch
doshlp Index (Dutch)
doshlp French
doshlp index (French)

MSX Home Office (Dutch version)

VG-8235 Main menu (Dutch)
MSX Home Office (Dutch)
MSX Home Office Cards
MSX Home Office Text
MSX Home Office Printer Settings

MSX Home Office (French version)

VG-8235 Main menu (French)
MSX Home Office (French)
MSX Home Office Cards
MSX Home Office Text
MSX Home Office Printer Settings

MSX Designer

MSX Designer
MSX Designer
MSX Designer


The VG-8235 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 Top
Page 8000h~BFFFh Mirror
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Disk ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM
  • The Disk ROM is a 16kB ROM - 4000h-7FFFh, with FDD register from 7FF8h to 7FFFh and mirrored to BFF8h-BFFFh