New Member from Tasmania Australia

By mds

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30-05-2022, 13:01

Hi!, I came across a Youtube clip the other week about the Omega MSX2 computer, and it got me thinking about my MSX gear and wondering what I still Had.

My first computer was a Sony HB-75AS, it came with one joystick and 3 cartridge games, and retailed for $499aud

This was a start of a journey for the next several years, the Sony MSX1 was relegated to second choice after I imported a second hand Sony HB-700D and books and accessories from a guy in the Netherlands, I cannot remember what it all cost me now, but wasn't cheap, it was all packed into a tea chest box.

When MSX2+ was released, I purchased one direct from Japan, I also purchased a hand held scanner, but all of the instructions were in Japanese, and I never did work out how to use it.

For a period of time I and a couple of younger friends took over and produced a newsletter, SVI and MSX Australasian User Group, I even formed a business with another friend to sell Sony MSX Computers and Peripherals.

So, I went out to my garage, searched through some boxes, and pulled out what I could find.

I currently have:
Toshiba HX-10AA - Good Condition & Working
Spectravideo 738 Express with Carry Bag, Original MS-Dos & CP/M Disks and Manuals - Still Working
Sony HB-700D that I purchased from the Netherlands - need to get a new clock battery for this, cleaned it up today and once I get a replacement battery, I will test it.

Add-Ons
Spectravideo 767 Data Cassette and Manual in original foam insert, but no box - Not Tested yet.
Sony PRN-C41 Plotter Printer, Top Lid Broken & Glued Together, No Power Pack, but I have Tested that it turns on with a benchtop power supply.
Sony GB-6 Trackball in Original Box - Not Tested yet.
Yamaha MU-01 Mouse in Original Box - Not Tested yet.
Yamaha FD-051 Floppy Disk Interface in Original Box - Not Tested yet.
Spectravideo Quickshot IX - Works but we took the Led's by the firing buttons out years ago, and I cannot remember why.
Konix Navigator Joystick in Original Box - Working
A Generic Joystick with a Red Knob and 2 Red Buttons - Don't remember the brand of this one, but was very common, and easy to replace the limit switches in when they failed.
Spare 3.5" Floppy Drive in a Home Made Case that I think I used as a Second Drive on the HB-700D

Software Disk
Sony HBS-B002D Quicknotes in Original Binder with Instructions
Intelligence Software Thinkman in Original Binder with Instuctions - Wordprocessor - Database - Spreadsheet and Graphs
Sony Hybrid - Backup Copy Only - Cannot find the original.

Cartridges
Sony HBS-H011C Graphic Master with Both Instruction Books in Original Packaging - Have 2 of these
Sony HBS-H012C Print Lab with Print Lab Sample Designs Cassette and Instruction Book in Original Packaging
Sony HBS-G020C Lode Runner with Instruction Book In Original Packaging
Sony HBS-G042C Payload with Instruction Book In Original Packaging
Sony HBS-G015C Chess with Plastic Packaging Insert only
Sony HBS-G006C Crazy Train with Instruction Book In Original Packaging
Sony HBS-G017C E.I. with Instruction Book In Original Packaging
Sony HBS-G016C Senjyo with Instruction Book in Plastic Insert Only
Konami RC701-X05 Antarctic Adventure In Original Packaging no Instructions
Konami RC758 Salamander Cartridge Only - This is in the post to me today 30/05/2022

Tape Software
Mirrorsoft 737 Flight Simulator with Instructions in Original Packaging - Have 2 of these
The Electric Studio - Graphic Designer - Sanyo Light Pen Compatible With Instructions in Original Packaging
Byte Busters - MSX Supersellers - The Heist, Jet Bomber, North Sea Helicopter with Instructions in Original Packaging
Phillips - Buck Rogers No Instruction or cover in Case
Phillips - Zaxxon with Instructions in Original Packaging
Mastertronic - Space Walk with Instructions in Original Packaging
Software Projects - Jet Set Willy with Instructions in Original Packaging
Electric Software - Le Mans with Instructions in Original Packaging
Activision - Hero in Original Packaging
Alligata - Disc Warrior with Instructions in Original Packaging
Alligata - Blagger with Instructions in Original Packaging
Anirog - Slapshot with Instructions in Original Packaging
Alligata - MSX Extra - Blagger, Disc Warrior, Knockout, Superbowl in Cover
Electric Software - Barn Stormer with Instructions in Original Packaging
Electric Software - XYZolog with Instructions in Original Packaging
Software Projects - Manic Miner with Instructions in Original Packaging
SVI - Super Cross Force with Instructions in Original Packaging
SVI - Squash in Original Packaging
Electric Software - ChoroQ with Instructions in Original Packaging
Mastertronics - Finders Keepers with Instructions in Original Packaging
Livewire - Alpha Blaster with Instructions in Original Packaging
Mastertronics - Formula 1 Simulator with Instructions in Original Packaging
Bothtec - Eggy with Instructions in Original Packaging
Byte Buster - Science Fiction with Instructions in Original Packaging
Endurance Games - International Karate with Instructions in Original Packaging
Melbourne House Software - The Hobbit with Instructions in Original Packaging
Dotsoft - Skull Island in Original Packaging
Dotsoft - The Secrets Of Bastow Manor in Original Packaging
Sony UR-843-3 Hit Bit Greetings (Not For Sale) (Side A - 16K) (Side B - 32K) Packaging Only
Sony HBS-H006T Creative Greetings Character Collection II - For Use with HBS-001C Creative Greetings - With UR-843-3
Master Games - Gunfright, Nightshade, Alien 8, Knight Lore with Instructions in Original Packaging
Five Star Games - Elidon (Orpheus), Manic Miner (Software Projects), Barnstormer (Electric Dreams), Shark Hunter (Electric Software), Zoids (Martech) with Instructions in Original Packaging
Kuma - Wordprocessor with Instructions in Original Packaging
Kuma - Zen with Instructions in Original Packaging

Well that's all of the original stuff I have found to date.

I have heaps of back up disks to check and see what still works, these are MSX, MSX2 MSX 2+ Games, Demos, Utility Software etc.

I see that Print Lab, Sony Quicknotes and I presume Intelligence Software Thinkman are in the undumped list, I have not touched my MSX in 25 years, so if they are wanted, and someone can run me through the procedure on how to, I am happy to do so.
Just have to get the battery for the HB-700D and get the old girl fired up.

Well, that's some info about me.

Cheers All..

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By Thom

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30-05-2022, 16:30

Welcome to the forum mds. Do you happen to know mrc member tcruise? He's also from Tasmania and is very active on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/electricadventures

By Sylvester

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30-05-2022, 22:25

Welcome! Nice collection of MSX stuff you have Smile About the undumped software, for now a dump of the disks is possible if you have a PC with an 3.5" disk drive: https://www.msx.org/wiki/How_to_make_a_floppy_disk_image
To dump a ROM you need some extra hardware: https://www.msx.org/wiki/Copying_cartridge_software

By hamlet

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31-05-2022, 08:14

Welcome to the MRC!
That's a good start for a second love with MSX. Smile
There wasn't much MSX users in your region back then, I guess. Where did you bought all this?
You said you got your 700D from the Netherlands; how did you got in contact with the owner?
Nice story, really!

By mds

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31-05-2022, 08:30

The SVI & MSX Australasian User Group newsletter had members worlwide.

From memory the guy in the Netherlands advertised it in our newsletter.

The Japanese MSX2+ was organised buy an Australian living in Japan, I had to send him cash, in Yen, and he bought it and sent it to me he used to make a service fee on each sale.

There were quite a few sold in Australia, Yamaha CMX5, Pioneer P7, all of the Spectravideo Compters up to the SVI-738, Sony, Toshiba and I think I saw some Sanyo's

There is a seller in W.Australia selling some cartridges on Facebook Marketplace at the moment, I purchased an unboxed Salamander cartridge off him over the weekend.

When I got to messaging him, it turns out he was from Tasmania and used to get the Newsletter when he was a child, told me it was my fault he still plays retro games Smile

Micheal Barrenger is the Seller
All AUD$
He has a 1 Chip MSX for sale as well $900 aud

Cartridges Boxed with Booklets
R-Type - $500
Warroid - $200
Salamander - $180
Parodius - $200
Super Laydock - $200.00
Nemesis - $150
Nemesis 2 - $250
Nemesis 3 - $300

Loose Cartridges - Make an offer
Beamrider
Nemesis
Goonies