The Philips VG-8010F computer comes with a
strange keyboard matrix that is patched for the
emulator. Besides, the GRAPH and CODE keys work
as toggles, just like the KANA key on Japanese
The MSX keyboard is very similar to a standard
French PC keyboard used in Belgium. The typewrite
keys are almost the same as well as the numeric
keypad. The Caps key toggles bigger sized
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 extrem right MSX key on the third
- 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
PC key after the "P"
put an accent mark on a vowel. You need
to press it, alone or with control key(s),
then to press on the vowel key
- Accent Mark then the vowel key :
accent grave (`). Example : à.
- Shift + Accent Mark then the vowel
key : accent acute (´). Example : á.
- Code+ Accent Mark then the
vowel key : accent circumflex (^).
Example : â.
- Shift + Code + Accent Mark then the
vowel key : umlaut / accent diæresis (¨).
Example : ä
(*) Some PC keyboards seem to have
problems with these accented characters.
The tables underneath show you how to generate
special characters with key-combinations of your
PC keyboard :