Thomson MO/TO

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Thomson MO/TO is a family of 8-bit home computers produced by French company Thomson SA between 1982 and 1989.

Emulator Rom Folder Extension BIOS
lr-theodore moto .fd .sap .k7 .m5 .m7 .rom -

Emulator: lr-theodore

lr-theodore is a libretro core for emulation of Thomson computers. It is based on Daniel Coulom's DCTO8D, DCTO9P and DCMO5 emulators, and supports the following models: TO7, TO7/70, TO8, TO8D, TO9, TO9+, MO5, MO6 and also the Olivetti Prodest PC128 (a rebranded MO6 for the Italian market).

ROMS

Accepted File Extensions:

  • .fd and .sap (floppy disks)
  • .k7 (tapes)
  • .m5/.m7 and .rom (cartridges).

Place your MO/TO roms in

/home/pi/RetroPie/roms/moto

BIOS

No BIOS file/rom is necessary.

Controls

lr-theodore uses the standard Retroarch input configuration, with the addition of a virtual keyboard when a keyboard is not present.

Gamepad

Button Action
B Fire button
Start Start Program

Start Program simulates one or several keystrokes on the keyboard to start a game. This feature allows to start most games without the need for a keyboard. The key depends on the loaded media and of the current computer emulated.

Media loaded Thomson computer Key
Floppy disk TO8/TO8D/TO9+ B key (BASIC 512)
TO9 D key (BASIC 128)
MO5 RUN + Enter
Tape TO8/TO8D/TO9+ Ckey (BASIC 1.0)
TO9 E key (BASIC 1.0)
MO5/MO6/TO7 RUN or LOADM"",,R + Enter
Cartridge All but MO5/TO7 0 key
TO7/TO7-70 1 key
MO5 Nothing (cartridges are already autostarted on MO5)

Keyboard

Virtual keyboard Use the Select button to show/hide the virtual keyboard. The transparency level of the virtual keyboard can be set in the core's options.

When the virtual keyboard is displayed, the following buttons on the gamepad can be used:

RetroPad Button Action
Right/Left/Up/Down Change focused key on the keyboard
B Press the focused key
B (long press) Make the key "sticky" (or release it if it was already sticky).
Up to 3 keys can be made sticky.
All sticky keys are released when the virtual keyboard is hidden.
Start Shortcut to press the "Enter" key
Y Move the keyboard in the upper or lower part of the screen

Mapping of the special MO/TO keys to a PC keyboard

Thomson keyboard PC keyboard
STOP TAB
CNT CTRL
CAPSLOCK CAPSLOCK
ACC BACKSPACE
HOME HOME
Arrows Arrows
INS INSERT
EFF DEL
RAZ ALT
F1-F5 F1-F5
F6-F10 SHIFT+F1-F5
Yellow key (MO5) Left SHIFT
BASIC (MO5/MO6) Right SHIFT

Lightpen

The computer's light pen inputs are mapped to the mouse inputs.