The following Brazilian machines use a different
keyboard matrix (* = this machine is without
numeric keypad) ; the differences are minor for
the Gradiente Expert 1.0, but in the case of the
Sharp machines, many characters are not present
or can be found at another place.
The MSX keyboard is very similar to a standard PC
keyboard. The typewrite keys are almost the same
as well as the numeric keypad. The Caps key
toggles bigger sized alphabet characters.
The MSX keyboard has five physical function keys.
To access function key 6 to 10, you need to hold
down the SHIFT key and press one of the keys F1
As some MSX keys don't exist on a PC keyboard,
the emulator makes also some adjustements to
support the complete MSX keyboard :
- the PC key before the "1" key is used
for emulate the key after "L" on the
- the extrem right PC key on the third row is
used to emulate the extrem right MSX key on the
Specific MSX keys are mapped to the following PC
keyboard keys :
some games and applications (it's also
the case of the Esc key).
pause and resume a task in the MSX-BASIC
or MSX-DOS environment. When you press
this key while holding the Ctrl
key, the current task will be abruptly
move the cursor to the top left of the
screen. If you press Shift + Clr Home,
the screen will be cleared.
graphical characters by pressing it with
a normal character. Can be combined with Shift.
special or accented characters by
pressing it with a normal character. Can
be combined with Shift.
Comma on numpad
write the Slash character (/). Combined
with Shift, it gives the
Question Mark character (?).
You can put accent marks on characters
by pressing a key combination followed by an
alphabet character :
- Key to the right of P or Code + / :
accent acute (´). Example : á.
- Shift + key to the right of P or Shift +
Code + /: accent grave (`). Example : à.
- Key to the right of L (ç for Sharp
machines) : tilde (~). Example : ã.
- Shift + key to the right of L (ç for Sharp
machines) : accent circumflex (^). Example : â.
The tables underneath show you how to generate
special characters with key-combinations of your
PC keyboard :
mode + Shift
mode + Shift (Sharp)
+ Shift (Sharp)
+ Shift (Sharp)
The extrem right character of
the fourth row can be typed by using the RightCtrl
key (+ eventually Shift).