Category:Sony HB-F700
This page was last modified 01:25, 11 November 2021 by Gdx. Based on work by Mars2000you and Msxholder and others.



The HB-F700 is an adaptation of the second generation of the HB-F500 for non-Japanese markets. The architecture has been improved and there is more RAM. The following models exist:

Product Region Keyboard
Sony HB-F700B UK QWERTY with £ key + numeric keypad
Sony HB-F700D Germany QWERTZ + numeric keypad
Sony HB-F700F France AZERTY + numeric keypad
Sony HB-F700P Europe QWERTY with £ key + numeric keypad
Sony HB-F700S Spain QWERTY with ñ key + numeric keypad

No equivalent Japanese model was released. Apart from the supplied (external) keyboard, ROM differences to support the included keyboard, and type markings, the above models are virtually identical. The HB-F700 only comes in white color.

The computer was shipped with a mouse and several software programs on floppy disk. The program collection is called HiBrid which is similar in some ways to early Windows versions or the Macintosh, and included a file manager (visual filer), Hi-Text (word processor), Hi-Base (database), Hi-Calc (spreadsheet), Hi-Graph (business graphics) and Hi-Comm. These programs are available in six languages (Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Spanish).

Brand Sony
Model HB-700B / HB-F700D / HB-F700F / HB-F700P / HB-F700S
Year 1986
Region Europe
Launch price NL: ƒ1799
RAM 256kB in slot 3-3
VRAM 128kB
Media MSX cartridges, 2DD floppy disks
Video Yamaha V9938
Audio PSG (YM2149 integrated in MSX-Engine S1985)
Chipset Yamaha S1985
Keyboard layout see table above
Extras One 720kB 3.5" floppy disk drive, reset button, software on floppy disk, MOS-1 mouse
Emulation ROMs dumped and emulated for all versions except HB-F700B. See this thread for details about dumping tools.


Check also the pages about the different models!

Sony HB-F700D
Sony HB-F700F
Sony HB-F700S
Sony HB-F700P
Sony HB-F700 all models back
Sony HB-F700S keyboard
Sony HB-F700S inside
Sony HB-F700P keyboard


The HB-F700 is an MSX2 with a Z80A from NEC (uPD780C-1) and an MSX-Engine from Yamaha (S1985). Main RAM is a 256kB memory mapper.

Badly programmed or disk conversions of MSX1 games could linger in memory so long that after a reset the game was still there. Even after a considerable amount of time being switched off. Connecting the earth on the backside of the computer to for example a heater pipe in your room could help a bit emptying the memory.

Because the RAM is in secondary slot 3-3, software often needs the infamous POKE -1,... workaround.

The original disk ROM may be considered one of the slowest ever used in an MSX2 computer. Floppy Disk Controller chip is the CXD-1032Q (Sony).

Slot Map

Slot 0 Slot 1 Slot 2 3-0 3-1 3-2 3-3
Page C000h~FFFFh Left
Page 8000h~BFFFh
Page 4000h~7FFFh Main-ROM Disk ROM
Page 0000h~3FFFh Sub-ROM



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