|Joystick Test v2.4
utility lets you test a lot of Human Interface Devices that can be
connected to the MSX, either directly or by using adapters. It's Acid1Test & Acid2Test compliant, and supports hot plugging and auto-detection. The following devices are supported:
MSX native devices:
Joymega adapter devices:
- Joystick (default)
- Keyboard (arrows, SPACE and GRAPH)
- Light gun (Plus-X Terminator Laser protocol)
- Light pen
Devices that are detected, but still have no drivers:
- Sega Megadrive 3-button joypad
- Sega Megadrive 6-button joypad
- Sega Megadrive MK-1654 Multi-tap (and compatibles)
Special donators thanks for:
- Vaus Arkanoid paddle for the MSX
- Sega Saturn digital joypad
- Sega Saturn 3linehs devices (i.e.: Saturn analog joystick)
- Sega Saturn mouse
Without their help, proper support of those devices would remain impossible.
For usage, examples, credits and license, please read the included README.TXT file.
|MSX-Audio BIOS v1.3
|This is an enhancement over the MSX-Audio BIOS, with a lot new features and fixes, listed below:
- Lots of bugfixes
- Lots of optimizations
- Enhanced Instrument set, from MSX-Music BIOS
- Support for OPL3 soundchips (and OPL4fm, of course).
- The new WaveSelect parameter of OPL2/3/4 soundchips
(register E0h) is now supported on instruments, on its parameter +21
(1st operator) and +29 (2nd operator), allowing enhanced custom
- Brand new SoundChipFish extension. This is a soundchip
translation library that supports on-the-fly translation of commands
between the following soundchips:
- OPLL->OPLn (IOTW, YM2413 to YM3527/Y8950/YM3812/YMF262/YMF278)
- AY-3-8910 to OPL3 (OPL4fm included, of course)
- Software compatibility with the MSX-Music BIOS. Yes, you
read it right: all games/tools that use the MSX-Music BIOS
INIOPL/WRTOPL functions will work on this BIOS, as the BIOS will use
the built-in SoundChipFish library to translate OPLL commands to OPLx
- This means the following MSX-Music games will work just
fine on any device containing the MSX-Audio BIOS v1.3, and will even be
played in stereo on OPL3/4 cartridges:
- Penguin Kun Wars 2
- Sea Sardine
- Fleet Commander 2 (requires the patch to fix a race-condition that the game had on its initialization routines)
- The recently released FireHawk-HDD.
- This new version is bigger now requires a 64KB ROM. The
Philips Music-Module upgrade board already supports this. It's just a
matter of installing a 27C512 EPROM and jumping the board accordingly.
For the Toshiba Music-Module, a small mod of the upgrade will be
- Because of the bigger ROM requirement, the Panasonic FS-CA1
isn't supported anymore. If anyone ever releases a guide on how to
upgrade this cartridge to support this version of the BIOS, then it may
be supported again on future versions (only if openMSX emulate the
- The dual-OPL support was removed, because it was slow,
buggy and didn't add new FM channels to be used. But many of the
routines were fixed, allowing real dual-OPL 18 channel support on
- OPL2 (YM3812) is now supported as well. But no binary was
released because there's no real cartridge or emulation that contains
this soundchip currently (and for home-built cartridges it's much
better to use an OPL3 anyway).
- New soundchip detection routines that follows strictly the Yamaha's recommended algorithm.
- It now properly detects and supports any of the OPL soundchips, on the following I/O ports configurations:
- I/O ports C0h-C1h or C2h-C3h for OPL1/OPL2 soundchips
- I/O ports C0h-C3h or C4h-C7h for OPL3/OPL4 soundchips
- MSX-Music style transpose/temper tables are now supported.
When a CALL MUSIC is issued, the MSX-Audio will now lower the RAM top
to allocate RAM for the necessary structures to mimic the MSX-Music
in-RAM structures, giving greater compatibility to the BASIC FM musics
that make use of POKEs.
- Other MSX-Music extensions connected to the same machine
will be disabled once this BIOS receives a CALL AUDIO or a CALL MUSIC
command, providing a way to solve the conflict on machines with an
internal MSX-Music on a lower slot (like Panasonic MSX2+/TR and CIEL
- Fixed a bug that reported an the rhythm channel incorrectly as an ADPCM channel
- Moved many initialization routines to the frame-2, to free space for the new routines on frame-1.
- 0066h will now call HNMI, to allow real-hardware debugging using the NMI.
- Turbo Z80 machines without a system-timer are now fully supported, up to 7MHz.
- Many optimizations/bugfixes
- Support for the E6h system-timer (aka Turbo-R timer). Now
you'll be able to use the MSX-Audio in R800 mode, just like the
- Support for the NMS-1205 and FS-CA1 proprietary mute-switches, and for the standard SP-OFF mute-switch used on the HX-MU900.
- A more elegant work-around than Panasonic did to "fix" their mistake on the MusicKeyboard-port pinout of the FS-CA1
- NMS-1160 Music Keyboard support
- Music Keyboard auto-detection between the HX-MU901 (49
keys) and NMS-1160 (61 keys). The auto-detection routine will discover
the MusicKeyboard type and change the keymap on-the-fly accordingly. To
- On a 49 keys keyboard: just press the last key.
- On a 61 keys keyboard: just slide your finger on at least 5 consecutive white keys in any direction.
- Preliminary OPL3 support. All MusicKeyboard and ADPCM related commands were block, just like the MSX-Music.
- It now supports the CALL MUSIC command, so it isn't necessary to replace CALL MUSIC by CALL AUDIO on BASIC musics anymore.
|MSX machines reverse engineering utilities v1.02
|This set of utilities is aimed
to help owners of MSX models that are not yet emulated to obtain all
specifics about their machines so they can be properly emulated.
|This utility temporary disables the internal MSX-Music of the Panasonic MSX2+ and Turbo-R computers. It is meant to:
1) Allow you enjoy the PSG soundtracks of many games
2) Have the games to detect the MSX-Audio BIOS v1.3 instead of the internal MSX-Music.
small utility will allow you to run the MSX-DOS v1.x on top of the
MSX-DOS v2.x. As weird as it sounds, doing this allows you to run a lot
more games, since it will free quite a bunch of RAM for memory hungry
games. You must read the included TXT file for instructions.|
|This is a new set of drivers for
the MSX Turbo-R BIOS to be loaded from MSX-DOS, with many improvements
over its original set of drivers, including way better performance and
1) Adds the missing drivers for these devices:
2) Replace the existing drivers with much better ones for these devices:
- MSX-Paddles (or any PWM device, just like the original)
3) Other enhanced BIOS routines:
- Mouse, now with supported for the extended mouse wheel protocol, and much faster than the original
- Trackball, with angular to linear conversion for a much improved response
- Touchpad: 10 times faster on Z80, 120 times faster with the R800
- PAUSE Key: Will now work correctly with Konami games running on R800
- Key click
For more detailed info about the driver and the enhancements it provide, check the included README file.
- BEEP: Doesn't reset the system timer anymore
|VEDIT Plus v2.33
|VEDIT is an excellent text editor for the CP/M operating system that was released as freeware by Greenview Data Inc.
This version is configured to run properly on a MSX machine and has a
wrapper included, that allows it to run from a subdirectory under the
MSX-DOS2. Pleas read the README.MSX file for the instalation