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Strange Frankestein Hardware - Turn SMS into a computer
Post Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:27 pm
Folks,

I was philosophic thinking about modern hardware pieces for MSX, specially video cards. At the hypothetical thought I was imagining a Voodoo 3 based card for MSX!
Then it occurred me the obvious: My maximum pleasure would be to play quake on my TR? Praying for more FPS? I can do that on my modern PC which is inches away from my MSX! Same for mp3 play.
But how to re-create the old times feeling? My strange idea is:

Why not creating a cartridge for Sega Master System with:
* IDE-CF Interface
* PS/2 Connector
* 4MB Ram
* SMS Bios (can be based on C-BIOS)
* SMS-Basic, hack of MSX1 Basic using new SMS Mode 4 functions, adapting the sound functions to the different chip and creating functions to memory paging
* SMS-DOS, based on the CP/M Dos or even MSX-DOS, supporting the IDE-CF

And finally but not last important: ExecSMS.COM! That would allow the new computer to be launched with an extremely large games database...
With little effort, most msx1 software could also be ported to it, and basic programs would run automatically!!

*PS* I'm not crazy!
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Post Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:08 am
Sounds like fun, go for it!

I remember seeing disassemblies of both the MSX-BIOS (BASIC included) and MSX-DOS floating around the net. Maybe they would be useful for this project.

Okay, found them:
http://msx.retro8bits.com/msxsw.html
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Post Posted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:41 am
Me?
I could work as part of the team that would eventually convert and create the software, like porting MSX Bios, Msx DOS and MSX Basic. But I can barely use a soldering iron! We would need a hardware team too...
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:24 pm
Hmm...
I already thought of making a programmable backup cartridge, using SRAM modules and a microprocessed circuit to store many SMS games through a SD or CF card, select a rom using a small screen on the cart, load into the memory and plug it on the SMS to play..
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