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Philips VG8020

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1984.

This MSX1 computer was the successor to the former VG-8010. It came in three different versions called 8020/00, 8020/20 and 8020/40. There was a little bug that made that it not always was 100% compatible with other MSX machines. It could usually be corrected by writing "POKE -1,170" before loading programs.

In France, there was a model with black casing, while the rest of Europe's machinery had matallic on the back cover.

Another detail was that the video chip had its own RAM of 16 KB. However, it was not addressable as the main memory.

Philips' cassette memory that comes with this machine is called D 6450. It can run with an AC adapter or 6 pc 1.5V batteries, or 9V. It resembles a small computer, which you can see in the images.

Is there any errors? e-mail and correct me!

 

 

Former owner: Rikard Ljungkvist, Kumla

Technical data

 
Year 1984
Origin Holland
Manufacturer Philips
Name VG-8020
CPU Zilog Z80
Speed 3.58 Mhz
OS MSX DOS
ROM 32 KB
RAM 64 KB in earlier versions, 80 KB in later versions
I/O ports 2 x cartridges slots above, 2 x joystick in front, printer, tape, monitor, TV (UHF)
Text modes 40 x 24 monochrome, 32 x 24 with 16 colours
Graphic modes 256 x 192 with 16 colours
Colours 16
Sound 3 channels, 8 octaves. General Instruments programable tone generator AY-3-8910
Built in media  
Power supply Built-in