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MPC 100

The MPC 100 is a classic MSX 1 computer with 64 KB RAM.

Its main particularity is to be delivered with a light pen. There is of course a connector to use it, and more surprising a hole is placed at the top right part of the case to store the light pen when not in use! However, some versions had the light pen hole but were delivered without neither the pen nor its connector.

The MPC-100, apart from its memory size, is the same computer as the Wavy 10 / MPC 10.

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I have a MPX-100, but mine has no light pen and no hole, it seems it''s never had it, where it should be there is a round plastic where says "64K"

Saturday 30th August 2014
RayWashed (Spain)

I have three MSX''s, two of which are the Sanyo MSX MPC-100''s.

It was the first ever computer I used, my dad was a TV engineer at the time and the TV shop he worked for was selling them off because they''d failed and there was a severe lack of software for them.

I actually really liked the MSX''s, they were really easy to program and got me into programming. I later tried a C64 and couldn''t find the programming anywhere near as easy, and then after that I got a ZX Spectrum, again those were very good for programming.

The MSX was so clever with the F and Shifted F keys that give you hints about different programming commands to use. Funny thing was F5 was RUN and later on I got into C++ and found Borland had F9 as the run command so it was very similar.

When I first got the MSX I had two games for it - Vicious Viper and Toshiba 3D Golf Simulation.

Vicious Viper was Sanyo''s version of the Snake game that appears on Nokia phones - but it''s graphics were far better than Snake, and 3D Golf Simulation was an interesting game, mainly because the entire game was wrote in MSX Basic and there was no protection to stop you pressing the stop key to get to the basic program.

This was really good because when you got into the basic code you could have a look at how a computer game worked and even have a play changing some of the things to see what effect it made on the game - like I changed the fairway and green a few different colours, etc!!

With both of my Sanyo MSX MPC-100''s I never got the light pen either, I got the hole for it but no light pen.

Wednesday 4th September 2013
Darren (England)

Hi Mark,

Ok, perhaps could be equivalent to the Z80 4Mhz but in fact the 6502 has to be "quad bumped" and 90Degrees out of phase to have a similar performance than the Z80, similar...Think what you can do if you do the same (if you boost up) the Z80... And don''t forget the PAL version was even under 1Mhz...

Thursday 11th April 2013
Francisco Martín (Madrid (Spain))


TYPE  Home Computer
YEAR  1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft Extended Basic (MSX Basic V1.0)
KEYBOARD  Full-stroke keyboard (including 5 F-keys with 10 functions and 4 arrow keys)
CPU  Zilog Z80A
SPEED  3.58 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  Video chip compatible with the Texas Instruments TMS 9918/A or TMS 9928/A
RAM  64 KB
TEXT MODES  Mode 0 : 40 x 24
Mode 1 : 32 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  Mode 2 : 256 x 192 with 16 colors (Hires mode)
Mode 3 : 64 x 48 with 16 colors (Multi colour mode)
32 sprites
SOUND  General Instruments AY-3-8910 Programmable Sound Generator
3 channels, 8 octaves
I/O PORTS  Joystick connector, Cardridge slot, Expansion bus, Tape-recorder plug (1200/2400 bauds), A/V video output, RF video output (with channel 1 or 2 selection switch), Centronics interface, Light-pen
OS  MSX DOS (when used with the optional FDD unit)
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in power supply unit
PRICE  Unknown

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