FS-A1FX Rom with FM Music and no Cockpit

A FS-A1FX System Rom without the Cockpit software, but with FM-Music added.

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Physical ROM Dump from a Panasonic FS-A1FX

Physical ROM Dump from a Panasonic FS-A1FX

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Panasonic Diskdrive cable connector V2 (prototype)

I’m working on a new prototype to connect a PC Diskdrive on the existing  24 pin flatcable.

This will work on all Panasonic MSX2+ & Turbo-R machines.

My first version looked like this an was very bulky due to the use of a 34 pin flatcable:
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The new V2 version, only has 2 connectors and can be directly plugged into a PC Drive.

Turbo-R Drive Adapter 2Turbo-R Drive Adapter 3

 

This is how it looks like in a Panasonic FSA1ST

Turbo-R Drive Adapter

As this is just the prototype, it has a lot of wires, this will be replaced by a nice PCB.

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Making a NEC FD1231H Diskdrive MSX Compatible

Here’s a howto for making a NEC FD1231H (Manufacturing Date 2006) Diskdrive compatible with the MSX Turbo-R (and other models)

First cut the traces of Pin 2, Pin 12 & Pin 34

Setting the drive to DS0:
Solder a wire from pin 10 of the floppy connector to pin 19 of the FDN305 controller

FDN305

Put Disk Change on pin 2 (Not necessary for some Philips Models)
Solder a wire from pin6 of the controller IC to the bottem solderpad of R1

Put READY on pin 34:
Solder a wire from the TP15 to Pin 34 of the connector

NEC FD1231H

 

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Making a ALPS DF354H127F MSX Compatible

Here’s a howto for making a ALPSDF354H127F compatible with the MSX.

First cut the traces of Pin 2 & Pin 34 (I use a 2mm drill on point A & B in the picture)

Setting the drive to DS0:
Change the solder jumper from DS1 to DS0

Put Disk Change on pin 2 (Not necessary for some Philips Models)
Solder a wire from pin5 of the controller IC to Pin 2 of the connector. (Red Arrow)

Put READY on pin 34:
Solder a wire from pin 32 of the controller IC to Pin 34 of the connector (Blue Wire)

ALPSDF354H127F

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FSA1-FX Close-Up pictures (Mainboard/MSX Music / RAM)

Before selling my FSA1-FX Machine I’ve made some close-up pictures of it. Including the upgrades I’ve done on this machine.

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Making a Mitsumi D359M3D MSX Compatible

Here’s a howto for making a Mitsumi D359M3D compatible with the MSX.

 

Setting the drive to DS0:
Cut the trace from the IC to pin 12
Solder a wire from the cutted trace (on the IC side) to pin 12 (brown wire)

On my drive I used a quick & dirty fix, to put a solderjumper on pin 10-12
This way the drive is reconized as Drive A, but can’t be used in machines with 2 drives.

Put Disk Change on pin 2:
Make a solderjumper on DEN2

Put READY on pin 34:
Cut the trace from pin 34
Solder a wire from pin 34 to the 2nd solderpad from the left of the 6 pads on a row (white wire)

D359M3D

 

 

Seeing multiple Mitsumi Drives having the NCL039 controller, it is almost save to assume that the RDY signal can be found on pin 35 of th NCL039. This makes it possible to make all drives using this IC MSX Compatible.

Now the drive can be used in your MSX (or in your Amiga or Korg or Yamaha)