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The GR8NET is a beautiful piece of equipment. It's not always user-friendly though and the manual can be overwhelming. Here are the steps I took for the lastest update to v0.12

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I recently purchased a Moonsound cartridge for my MSX but noticed it's not always easy to find demo disks that work with it. So I'll be listing a bunch of them here even though they can be found elsewhere. Hopefully this will make them more visible.

Please, let me know on twitter @bitsofbas if there's something wrong or if you've got one that I don't have! I'll be adding more as I find them.

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My favourite MSX is the Philips NMS8250. -- It’s got the perfect form factor, it fits under my monitor and I always have it on my desk in front of me. I’ve got a Moonsound, Music Module, FM-PAC and a MegaFlashRom (MFR) for the SCC. I love the different sound chips for the MSX.

But the 8250, no matter how wonderful, has one big fat problem: The audio mixer is broken by design. As soon as another sound cartridge is used, the PSG sound fades to inaudible. Even original Konami SCC cartridges sound wrong. So when I want to play a game or enjoy a music demo, I need to pull out another MSX which is obviously pretty inconvenient.

Recently I heard about the GR8NET. Initially I was curious about its network capabilities, but soon I found out it also comes with MSX-AUDIO, MSX-MUSIC, SCC and PSG on board. Plus all of these are connected directly to a LINE-OUT plug. With this cartridge the 8250 mixer is completely bypassed and I can finally enjoy the MSX that’s on my desk and connected to my speakers.

It only arrived some days ago and I’m still learning how to use it. It’s not the easiest device to use out of the box, so hopefully this guide will help new users (or existing users that keep their GR8NET in a drawer) make the most of it.


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