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Spectravideo SVI-838 X'Press 16

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Type:16-bit home computer
CPU:Intel 8088 @ 4.77 MHz
Operating system:MSX2, MS-DOS 2.11, CP/M
Memory:ROM: 16 KB
RAM: 256 KB (Expandable to 640 KB)
Sound:3 channels, 8 octaves, white noise
Graphics: Yamaha V9938 with 16 KB VRAM (CGA) and 128 KB VRAM (MSX2 hi-resolution)

MSX2: 256*212 pixels (256 colors) or 512*212 pixels (16 colors)
CGA: 40*24 or 80*24 rows (Text) or 640*200 pixels (2 colors)
Storage: One or two 360 KB 5.25" disk drives
or one disk drive and a 20 MB HD
Input:External keyboard. Serial mouse
Connectivity: Printer port (Centronics)
TV output
Sound output
Two joystick ports
One ISA slot
Power supply:Mains (Internal transformer with 16 VAC, 0.5 A and 16 VAC, 2.5 A outputs)
Current drain / power consumption:
Dimensions (W*H*D):? mm (?")
Weight:? Kg (? lb)
Manufactured:Hong Kong (By Bondwell), 1986-1987 (Discontinued)
Other:A strange hybrid between MSX2 and IBM-PC compatible
Related documents: Schematic diagrams (1.2 MB)
Sound generator: AY-3-8912
Modifications and fixes:
Notable "ham" software:Any MS-DOS compatible software of this era
Options / Accessories:
Quickshot IX joyball
Quickshot X joystick
MSX(1) game adapter ISA-card with Z80A CPU plus external module
Multifunction card (RTC, RS-232C and 384 KB extra RAM)
Cooling fan
RF adapter
Monitor cable. D-SUB 15 to 21-pin peritel
Monitor cable. D-SUB 15 to 8-pin RGB
Bridge cable. D-SUB 15 to D-SUB 9 digital RGBI monitor