Casio PV-7 (Red)
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After the abject failure of the PV-1000 console and the PV-2000 computer, Casio would begin to abandon their own computer standard and transform their machines to the MSX one.
The company produced the PV-7 which was meant to be an introductory machine into the world of computers.
The PV-7 still has features from the PV-2000, like the drawing program in ROM, and the two target keys used for firing. Also as in the earlier machine a large set of buttons are in the right hand side to act as a joystick
The keyboard went from Membrane to a chiclet one, but the tiny size of the keys was a major hindrance. As well as the joystick, there are 4 cursor keys above.
The machine only had 8k of RAM, double that of the previous machine, but not enough to run any MSX software of use. There was also only one cartridge slot and no printer port, the machine ran MSX BASIC 1.0, abandoning the Casio BASIC of the previous machine. Like all MSX computers it used the Z80 processor.
To play cassette games, an interface called the FA-32 is needed, as the port on the computer is not a standard one.
An expansion for the computer called the KB-7 added two more cartridge slots, and another 8k of RAM which allowed the machine to load at least some of the MSX library. It also had a parallel printer port.
The computer used an external power supply, unless the expansion is used which has its own.
For connections without the KB-7, there are two controller ports, a NTSC-J RF out, analogue sound and Composite video. A CMT connector, which requires an adaptor for cassette use.
The computer and expansion were available in both black and red.
Shortly after the PV-7, Casio released the PV-16, which had 16k of RAM, and a better keyboard.
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