Printer port
This page was last modified 08:54, 1 December 2019 by Gdx. Based on work by Mars2000you and Rderooy and others.

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Description

MSX Printer cable.jpg

The printer connector is defined as a mandatory requirement in the MSX Standard Definition. As such almost all MSX machines have the connector, but several MSX1 computers have been released without printer port.

Pinouts

Standard MSX connector

MSX Printer Port.jpg

The MSX uses a 14-pin Centronics port for connecting a printer. This port can also be found on various other Japanese computers such as the NEC PC-88 and PC-98 series. The pin assignment is as follows:

Pin Name Type Description
1 PSTB O Strobe
2 PDB0 O Data 0
3 PDB1 O Data 1
4 PDB2 O Data 2
5 PDB3 O Data 3
6 PDB4 O Data 4
7 PDB5 O Data 5
8 PFB6 O Data 6
9 PDB7 O Data 7
10 NC Reserved
11 BUSY I Printer is busy
12 NC Reserved
13 NC Reserved
14 GND Signal Ground


Exceptions

Gradiente Expert computers

Gradiente Expert Printer Connector.jpg
Gradiente Expert Printer Pinout.jpg

The Gradiente Expert computers have an 26-pin IDC connector. The pin assignment is as follows:

Pin Name Type Description
1 PSTB O Strobe
2 GND Signal Ground
3 PDB0 O Data 0
4 GND Signal Ground
5 PDB1 O Data 1
6 GND Signal Ground
7 PDB2 O Data 2
8 GND Signal Ground
9 PDB3 O Data 3
10 GND Signal Ground
11 PDB4 O Data 4
12 GND Signal Ground
13 PDB5 O Data 5
14 GND Signal Ground
15 PDB6 O Data 6
16 GND Signal Ground
17 PDB7 O Data 7
18 GND Signal Ground
19 NC
20 GND Signal Ground
21 BUSY I Printer is busy
22 GND Signal Ground
23 NC
24 GND Signal Ground
25 NC
26 NC


Machines without printer port

The following machines don't have a printer port. However, for some of them, there's a solution under the form of an expansion or interface.

NOTE!
This list does not include video titlers as these machines are very difficult to use as normal MSX computers.
Besides, the video titlers don't have a printer port!
Model Generation Solution Remark
Canon V-8 MSX1
Casio MX-10 MSX1 Casio KB-10 expansion
Casio MX-101 MSX1 Casio KB-10 expansion
Casio MX-15 MSX1 Casio KB-15 expansion
Casio PV-16 MSX1 Casio KB-7 expansion
Casio PV-7 MSX1 Casio KB-7 expansion
Daewoo CPC-50 MSX1 Console
Daewoo CPC-50A MSX1 Console
Daewoo CPC-50B MSX1 Console
Daewoo CPC-51 MSX1 Console
Daewoo CPC-61 MSX1 Console
Daewoo CPC-88 MSX1
Daewoo CPG-120 MSX2 Console
Daewoo SuperBoy MSX1 Console
Fujitsu FM-X MSX1 Fujitsu MB22451 interface
Kimoan KimoHachi MSX2+
Mini IQ-3000 MSX2+
National CF-2000 MSX1 National CF-2121 interface
One Chip MSX MSX2 / MSX2+
Philips NMS 800 MSX1
Philips NMS 801 MSX1
Philips VG-8000 MSX1 Philips VU 0040 interface
Philips VG-8010 MSX1 Philips VU 0040 interface
Phonola VG-8000 MSX1 Philips VU 0040 interface
Phonola VG-8010 MSX1 Philips VU 0040 interface
Radiola MK 180 MSX1 Philips VU 0040 interface
Sanno SPCmk-II MSX1 Casio KB-7 expansion
Sanno SPCmk-III MSX1 Casio KB-7 expansion
Sanyo MPC-2 MSX1 Special version only
Sanyo MPC-3 MSX1
Sanyo MPC-5 MSX1
Schneider MC 810 MSX1 Philips VU 0040 interface
Toshiba HX-10D MSX1 Toshiba HX-P500 interface
Toshiba HX-10S MSX1 Toshiba HX-P500 interface
Yamaha YIS-303 MSX1
Zemmix Neo MSX2+


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